You may know Lauren Conrad from her LA-based reality series The Hills, but the on-screen personality is making moves in distant corners of the world far from the 405 with her global shop, The Little Market. Together with her partner Hannah Skvarla, a friend from her days at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Conrad launched The Little Market in hopes of connecting artisans in developing countries creating traditional crafts with customers worldwide. Offering beautiful lifestyle accents like home décor and fashion accessories, the store sells everything from like table linens and colorful baskets to bracelets and scarves.
With talented artisans all over the world to choose from, we wondered, what draws Conrad and Skvarla to the groups they work with? Read below for a personal story from the co-founders about one of their newest collections, hand-etched glassware from Mexico.
We have been able to travel all over the world to meet with our artisan partners in many countries, including India, Nepal, Mexico, and Guatemala. When we meet artisans who continue on with hope despite living with incredible hardships, it moves us to work as hard as we can on their behalf.
One of the groups we've been particularly inspired by is our glassware partner from Mexico, Rose Ann Hall Designs. The studio's beautiful engraved glassware is hand-blown from recycled glass by talented artisans in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
|Aqua Tall Flower Glass, $16, The Little Market||Clear Short Leaves Glass, $16, The Little Market||French Blue Small Wine Glass, $20, The Little Market|
Each glass is a piece of art. Right now, we're carrying several colors of their glasses and pitchers. We love to mix and match the colors too, like an aqua pitcher with clear, tall glasses and French blue, short glasses. They are a perfect way to set a romantic table for two, or a festive dinner party for friends.
We work with groups of artisans who work actively to improve the quality of life in their villages and towns through community investment and development. Our groups give back to their communities in a number of ways including support education for children, literacy for adults, healthcare, and human rights training in their villages and towns.
|Clear Tall Glass Pitcher, $62, The Little Market||French Blue Flower Shot Glass, $10, The Little Market||Aqua Bureau Pitcher With Glass, $68, The Little Market|
At Rose Ann Hall, many employees are physically disabled. They are trained in their art form and given the opportunity to work on their craft, enabling them to establish a sustainable income. We love that no two items are ever exactly alike; each is truly a handmade piece of art. In observing the etching process, we've come to deeply appreciate how incredibly time intensive it is! It takes each artisan about an hour to etch three pieces of glassware.
We're so happy to have the opportunity to highlight the amazing work of Rose Ann Hall, one of the many incredible artisan groups we work with. We hope you love their work as much as we do. Want to see what else Lauren Conrad is up to? Check out our tour of her Paper Crown offices. Photographs: Courtesy of The Little Market