Highlights @ Artisan Resource NY NOW

Dear friends,

Thank you to all who visited Artisan Resource @ NY NOW and contributed to its success.  

For anyone who missed the show (and the snowy weather and Super Bowl fans), take a peek at the new  Artisan Resource directory for information on exhibitors and events. With 23 countries represented, Artisan Resource was a rich sourcing opportunity for US importers!

ByHand Consulting's work continues to expand and we couldn't do it without all your involvement. ByHand helped 20 artisan enterprises prepare for Artisan Resource by providing expertise in merchandising, product development, business mentoring, and sales support. Their success was measured in orders, buyer contacts and a broader knowledge of the US market structure and opportunities. 

In partnership with HAND/EYE Fund, we launched the first Design Council event on Super Bowl Sunday. The Design Council is a group of seasoned design professionals from the home, fashion and accessories industries. More than 40 Design Council volunteers attended Artisan Resource to offer their feedback on design, display, merchandising and more to exhibitors. Let us know if you would like to get involved.

Stay tuned for updates on our spring travel adventures and the new artisan enterprises we are partnering with.     


Annie, Colvin & Karen

For additional information about our programs to connect artisans to markets, please contact info@byhandconsulting.com

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Follow the Silk Route to Artisan Resource @ NY NOW

Follow the Silk Route to Artisan Resource @ NY NOW

CACSA, an umbrella organization serving over 80 artisan communities and uniting more 5,000 craftsmen throughout Central Asia, is presenting the Fergana Collection in partnership with ByHand Consulting. This Collection holds treasures of ikat textiles, felt accessories, embroidered rugs, silk scarves and more. All products are made by women and seek to advance women's economic opportunities and promote cultural diversity in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.  

Artisan Resource @ NYNOW, Pier 94

 Feb 1-4, 2014, Booth # 33016 

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La Red @ Artisan Resource NY

A new collection from Mexico! 

Our talented friend and colleague, Mimi Robinson, has been busy this fall developing a new collection with ByHand's partner MATAT, a Mexican organization working with 22 women's groups supporting indigenous communities & craft techniques.

 Come see MATAT''s new collections inspired by the embroidery traditions of Hidalgo, Puebla and Chiapas -- embroidered felted wool pillows, cheerful embroidered oilcloth accessories, and a playful line of embellished animals. 

"As a designer, I wanted to explore mixing modern materials with traditional embroidery to showcase the remarkable talent of embroiderers. It has been a pleasure working with the La Red MATAT team- their passion, teamwork, and capacity to innovate has made our product development collaboration a success." - Mimi Robinson

Visit MATAT at Artisan Resource @ NY NOW, Pier 94

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Zardozi @ Artisan Resource NY NOW this Feb!

ByHand's partner Zardozi has a new collection of innovative products inspired by centuries-old Afghan embroidery techniques and patterns. The collections were developed through the Design Council, a collaborative program with HAND/EYE Fund that pairs experienced design professionals committed to improving artisan enterprise with artisan organizations seeking to better serve US customers with fresh innovative designs.

Visit Zardozi at Artisan Resource @ NYNOW on Pier 94 on Feb 1-4Zardozi's new collection features home textiles and fashion accessories hand-embroidered by the amazing Afghan women in Zardozi's programs. Additional Afghan products include handwoven products from Boumi,100% silk fashion accessories from Silk Road Bamiyan, and the elegant jewelry of Shugufa.

Artisan Resource @ NY NOW Pier 94 Booth #32013

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Joyous Wishes & Gratitude

Thank you for making 2013 a remarkable year. Our work was a success because of all of YOU!

We traveled to all corners of the world (23 countries - wow!) to work with the most creative artisans, talented buyers and innovative artisan programs -- all with the goal of expanding new markets for artisans. "The only way to do great work is to love what you do," Steve Jobs said. And that we do!

Wishing you joy this holiday season and a happy and prosperous 2014!


Colvin, Karen & Annie


A sneak peek!

Over the past few months, product designer Mimi Robinson has been working with ByHand to help create a new collection of personal accessories in collaboration with Matat. See below for a sneak peek into the design process from Mimi Robinson's beautiful studio in San Francisco. 

Matat is the export affiliate of La Red, a network of Mexican women's organizations working with indigenous communities throughout Mexico to preserve their culture through a variety of fair trade activities. Be sure to check out Matat's new collection which will be featured at Artisan Resource @ NY NOW this coming February 1-4, 2014

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ByHand Consulting is gearing up for Artisan Resource Feb 1-4, 2014

ByHand Consulting is gearing up for Artisan Resource, a semi-annual trade show held concurrently with NY NOW. Artisan Resource is a professional venue for overseas artisan enterprises to connect with US importers and designers to showcase their products and production capabilities at export terms from their country of origin. 

ByHand Consulting recruits and prepares artisan enterprises to participate in Artisan Resource. Please contact us if you are a US importer interested in connecting with new artisan groups or if you know any artisan groups who might like to exhibit at the Show. 

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New happenings @ Artisan Resource Winter 2014

“Each of our artisans had at least 4-5 orders from large stores, high-end chains and small boutiques from California and New York. We met with a diverse group of retailers – small and large chains, museums and others such as ABC Carpet & Home, Canvas, National Gallery, Frontgate, Viva Terra, Creative Women, Serena & Lily, Global Goods Partners, Home Goods. This was our first participation and our first priority was to have a great image and branding for our country and to introduce ourselves.  But, we achieved much more than just prospects.  We also made immediate sales, and many more than we had expected.” - Anis Mnif, Tunisian American Young Professionals, TUNISIA

What's NEW at Artisan Resource @ NY NOW this coming February 1-4, 2014?

  • Designer - Artisan Partnerships Seminar- The Design Council is a group of seasoned design professionals from the home, fashion, and accessories market who are committed to helping artisans worldwide become more successful and self-sufficent through better design. Join this panel discussion to hear the latest collaborations between designers and overseas artisan producers. February 2, 12:00AM-1:00PM, Pier 94.
  • Fair Trade - Linking into the Movement Seminar- Renee Bowers, Executive Director of the US Fair Trade Federation (FTF) will present how the Fair Trade market is growing in the US and opportunities for overseas artisan producers and will speak about the importance of membership in fair trade organizations and recent FTF trends. February 4, 8:00-9:00AM, Pier 94. 
  • There has been in increase in the number of country pavilions which has allowed an exponential number of individual artisans to be represented at the Show. Tunisia, Panama, Indonesia, and Peru will be returning. 
  • Key buyers have already committed to walking the show including Anthropologie, Chinaberry, Dwell, Nordstrom, West Elm, Urban Outfitters, Williams Sonoma, and more. 

Please contact us anytime or visit http://artisanresourceny.com

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Come Explore More Resources @ Artisan Resource!

 ByHand Consulting has been working hard to bring new artisan companies to Artisan Resource and we are proud to announce that this show will feature more than 100 companies from 25 countries this August and is moving to Pier 94! Come visit ByHand at Artisan Resource, Sunday -Tuesday, August 18-20 from 10-8pm (5pm close on Tuesday).

In addition to connecting you to new artisan companies, we are excited to announce a few other opportunities during Artisan Resource. ByHand Consulting is a founding member of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, a membership based initiative launched by the US State Department to expand market opportunities in the artisan sector. With the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, we are pleased to promote:

Artisan Resource Opening Reception, Sunday, August 18th, 6-8pm (at Pier 94) -- Please join us for a reception to honor Clare Brett Smith, the Board President of HAND/EYE Fund, and President Emerita of Aid to Artisans. She will be receiving the first-ever Alliance Artisan Hero Award in recognition of her leadership and commitment to the artisan sector.

NY Now Seminar: Growing the Market for Artisan & Global Handmade Products, Tuesday, August 20th, 12-1pm (Javits Center, 1C04) -- This panel discussion will be facilitated by Peggy Clark of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise and Keith Recker, founder and editor of HAND/EYE Magazine. Representatives from Indego Africa, West Elm, Mercado Global, and Walmart will join the panel to explore what makes global artisanal products resonate with an expanding diversity of consumers and retailers, and how to address challenges to growing these markets. Tickets $20 advance; $25 on-site. 

For more information, please email us anytime- info@byhandconsulting.com

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