Incentive winners interested in artisanal jewelry will now want to consider Helping Hand Partners. The nonprofit Chicago-based supplier, which sources socially responsible products for incentive and promotional purposes, has announced that it will be the exclusive distributor of Faire Collection jewelry.
Faire Collection's wide range of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings are created by artisans in Ecuador and Vietnam, with an eye toward uncovering "undiscovered talents" and creators who have been marginalized in the global marketplace. They are provided with fair wages with an eye toward helping the workers rise from poverty - a goal that aligns well with Helping Hand's goals.
"This new arrangement takes our existing association with Helping Hand Partners to the next level," said Amanda Judge, founder and CEO of the Faire Collection, in a statement. "Helping Hand Partners' expertise in distribution and customers service as well as their commitment to working with socially responsible producers will increase the Faire Collection brand's exposure to the U.S. market and generate more opportunities for our artisan partners."
Incentive winners can select from a wide range of jewelry pieces from the company's fall line, such as the Tagua Bib Necklace (pictured), handcrafted in Ecuador under fair trade practices. It is created with tagua chips in organic shapes, linked together then finished with a leather tie. Or the Horn Spiked Stud Earrings, made in Vietnam from natural horn, following fair trade practices.
Faire Collection jewelry is currently carried by retailers such as Anthropologie, Nordstrom, and Free People, but Helping Hand will be the only supplier of the products to the incentive industry. It is one of the approximately 20 fair trade partners in Helping Hand's stable. These include Greyston Bakery, which hires the hard-to-employ in inner city Yonkers, NY; or Smateria, which offers handmade handbags and accessories created by Cambodian artisans, paying them a living wage.