As stated in this interview with ShelterPop, what makes Canvas so interesting are the stories behind all the products:
Corrie believes helping people help themselves is the key to building a better, more sustainable world. Canvas's reach is widespread as a result: The bath towels are made by a weaving cooperative in Southern India; gold glazed bowls are made in Peru; paper mache bins are made in Haiti and alpaca throws are made by a group of female weavers run by Marcela Contrera, general manager of Weavers and Designers.
"The groups we work with are local people who happen to have skills in a certain craft," says Corrie. "Frequently there is an amazing skill level that the participants already have, for instance, textiles in India." The goods are bought at market price, which is typically more expensive, but Corrie believes that customers are willing to pay for timeless, well-made and unique products.
We also stand behind Corrie and Canvas' mission to "make beautiful things that people will keep for a lifetime... We want to make something that lasts, gives pleasure, and most importantly, won't end up in a landfill." We couldn't agree more.
The Canvas Collection can be found within the Ochre store in Soho or online.
- Founded by: Andrew Corrie & Harriet Maxwell Mcdonald
- Headquarters: New York City
- Sister stores: <a href="http://marketplace.apartmenttherapy.com/stores/ochre">Ochre,</a> <a href="http://marketplace.apartmenttherapy.com/stores/ochrestorecom">Ochrestore.com</a>
English couple and designers Andrew Corrie and Harriet Maxwell Macdonald opened Canvas after the success of their Soho store, Ochre, and their desire to create a more accessible and affordable brand that celebrated the talents of a variety of craftspeople.