A Handicraft, Not a Commodity

You want to use, own, and wear things that are as unique as you are. Something with a story. Something that invites conversation (because then you get to tell that story!) And, if it’s sustainably produced and purchased at a fair price from the artisan, all the better.

We share those values and take a huge amount of pride in the products we buy and the relationships we have with our artisans. We carefully comb through everything we see to pick the best of the best because we want you to love it as much as we do.

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MEET THE ARTISANS

Artisan: Bira Santos

Bira Santos grew up in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil in the religious tradition of candomblé. His mother was a high priestess (Mãe de Santo) in the religion and he himself was initiated into the religion more than 20 years ago. He is currently the head musician, or Alabé, at his candomblé house, Ilê Axé Omim J’Oba....

Artisan: Meri

Meri is a jewelry-maker who has been making and selling jewelry for 34 years. She has a stand near Mercado Modelo in the lower city where she greets tourists with a smile. While she sells a wide variety of items, ranging from leather necklaces and bracelets to flip flops to feathered earrings, what drew me...

Artisan: Douglas

We met Douglas one winter night just as he was wrapping up selling on "the Orla" (boardwalk) and getting ready to head home for the night. There are LOTS of artisans on "the Orla", but the majority of them sit there all day long, all selling the same items as the person sitting next to...

Artisan: Dinho

Instrument-maker Mestre Dinho is a fixture in the Pelourinho, the historic center of Salvador that serves as a home to the majority of the music, dance, and art in the city. In the Pelourinho, Dinho has shop where he sells a wide array of instruments, from congas and atabaques to xequeres and berimbaus. Entering into...

Artisan: Edivaldo

The "opportunity" that comes with buying one-of-a-kind or one-of-a-few items is that when you find something really cool, it's hard to get more. You have to hope you run into that artisan again or can find someone doing something similar. A couple of years ago, in one of my evening-street-vendor-buying binges, I got these super-cool...

Artisan: Helenice

Capim durado, or what is known as "golden grass", is a type of plant that is unique to northeastern Brazil and has been used for years to make jewelry and other items. It’s unusualness makes it popular with the tourists, so there are lots of artisans that sell golden grass handcrafts, but not everyone does...

Artisan: Manoel

“Luck favors the prepared” definitely applies to how we met Manoel. My husband was heading out for the day and Manoel was walking towards the Orla (boardwalk) with his board of jewelry and my husband stopped him. He tells me later he “liked Manoel’s energy” and just had a hunch we’d like his pieces. Of...

Artisan: Maicon

Maicon is a guy with a vision. When we met Maicon he was neatly dressed in a blue polo and khaki shorts (very non-baiano, actually). The 33-year-old artist started making jewelry when he was 17, and his years and years of experience are obvious in the pieces he makes. Of all of the artisans we...