We believe in empowering women entrepreneurs around the world through small business. We believe in paying our partners a living wage. And we believe you deserve to know who makes your stuff.
(Scroll over each location to read the personal story of the artisans.)
Our mission is to raise five women out of poverty every year.
We transform lives by creating must-have, modern designs in collaboration with women entrepreneurs who have escaped human trafficking and other hardship in developing countries.
Our products are the result of a unique design process: we collaborate in homes and small workshops to choose best techniques and materials with a consistent mission to create lasting friendships and business partnerships.
Your purchase helps survivors use handcrafting skills to transform their lives, the lives of their families, and to strengthen their communities.
We hope your purchase brings you joy in the day-to-day and a deep satisfaction in the livelihoods it encourages around the world.
CEO, Meridian Lee
After working in fashion for 15 years, and gaining insight on poor labor and manufacturing processes, I decided to shop brands that created equitable opportunity for everyone in the supply chain. It was 2010, when I decided to buy only ethically made Christmas gifts. But it wasn't easy to find what I wanted to buy. Most of what I found was too bohemian for my friends and family. Shortly after this, I started working as a product developer for a non-profit that employs women who are coming out of trafficking and other hardship.
Through this non-profit, I traveled all over the world and met first hand with amazing artisans. Soon, other organizations started asking me to work with them to develop products. But I still saw a gap in the market for classic shapes and modern styles that were ethically made. So in 2014, I asked my directors for permission to continue working with the artisans but start my own company, Meridian Lee, with the goal of designing for people with a classic, modern style and to provide work for this talented network of artisans.
Fast-forward to 2016, I'm happy to report, we have exceeded our goal of raising five women out of poverty each year we've been in business. And we are on-track to meet this goal again in 2017.
Thanks to our customers who make this happen!
Founder and CCO, Meridian Lee