I'm on what I call a "fewer better" mission: an effort to say "no, thank you" to all the cheap goods of dubious origins that fill store shelves and "yes, please" to unique, quality items that reflect ethical practices and high standards. So if you're getting a gift from me this holiday season, it's coming from a brand that shares my mission and my aesthetic — like The Citizenry.
The Citizenry is all about style with substance, partnering with artisans in 10 different countries to offer modern-global goods that are handcrafted—start to finish—in fair trade environments. Its holiday gift guide is a stunner, from handsome Mexican textiles to rich Mugavu wood accents from Uganda. Is this my shopping list or my wish list? Maybe both.
Mud Cloth Napkins and Stockings from Mali
Hand-loomed with organic cotton and crafted by master artisans in Segou, each of these stunning napkins takes a full day to complete, as do the complementary mud cloth stockings.
The Puebla Marble Collection from Mexico
Hand-carved by master artisans in Puebla, Mexico, no two pieces in this arresting collection are alike. From the planters and trays to the coasters and decorative boxes, expect variation in base tones and white veining.
Alpaca Blankets and Throws from Peru
Woven by artisans across Peru, these cozy modern classics — made with hypoallergenic Alpaca wool — are the ultimate winter gift.
Ceramics from Ireland
The Citizenry partnered with a Dublin-based studio to handcraft this modern collection of crisp mugs, pitchers, vases, and more. I love the oversized mugs.
Wood Planters and Baskets from Uganda
These precious planters are handcrafted by a woodworking cooperative in the Nakawa region that also replants trees for sustainability. The intricate baskets are handwoven by a 20-woman cooperative in the Rwenzori Mountains.
The Citizenry also works to maintain sustainable relationships with their artisans, investing 10 percent of all proceeds back into their communities. Because gifts that give back are the best kind.
This post is sponsored by The Citizenry and was created by the Apartment Therapy Creative Studio.
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