It’s with a heavy heart that we’re announcing that Artisan & Fox will be closing within the coming months.
The last few years have proved difficult for us – the rising cost of doing business, Brexit, inflation, unreliable shipping conditions – and the situation in areas like Afghanistan has made it exceedingly difficult for us to operate. Like many small businesses, it feels like the odds are stacked against us.
As such, we have decided to hit pause on our own terms. The team will be moving on to other ventures and opportunities; we have been working with the team who have now successfully found new roles.
Since our launch in 2017, Artisan & Fox has been an integral part of the conversation of ethics and transparency surrounding the retail sector. We are proud to have been 100% crowdfunded, with our crowdfunding campaign enabling us to launch our online store as well as release our first collaborations with artisans in Kenya, Mexico, Afghanistan, and Nepal. Thank you so much to our community who rallied around us.
Our roots started in Singapore, but we are appreciative of our global community and collaborators who have uplifted us, and helped spread the word of our social mission. In London, we also launched The Oasis – two concept pop-up stores in Bloomsbury and Spitalfields. We partnered with 20+ sustainably-led brands and makers to offer events and beautiful objects from around the world, and also worked with the UNHCR on uplifting refugee artisans.
Finally, we’d like to thank all of the devoted customers who have supported us throughout the years. Your support has meant the world to us and the makers. Whether you stumbled upon us in-person or you purchased from our online store, we are grateful for your support.
Over the years, Artisan & Fox has worked with 200+ artisans across the globe; working with small-scale makers, nonprofits and cooperatives from Afghanistan to Kenya. Our mission has been to uplift and highlight the stories of these extraordinary makers.
Our online store will stay open for the next few months as we begin to wind down operations. Many of the pieces on our online marketplace are now in their final run: they won’t be available in the future. You can discover our Artisanal Archives, with pieces up to 40% off, as well as our Last Chance Craftsmanship. Orders will continue to ship until June.
Thank you for all of your support. Onwards to new adventures!
Here's a Look Back on the A&F Journey
Co-founders Jaron and Laura visiting makers on a field trip to Vietnam.
Our co-founder, Jaron, in Istalif, Afghanistan, picking out beautiful ishkar-glazed ceramics from the local potters.
Snapshot from The Oasis, a concept pop-up shop we ran in Bloomsbury and Spitalfields in 2018. We partnered with other London-based brands and makers for a beautiful concept shop highlighting ethical pieces from around the world.
Our London team member Rebecca with our stand SAMPLE Spring down in Greenwich.
Our Singapore team: Zee, Judith, and Denise at Boutiques Fair.
A candid shot from our trip to Vietnam.
Back in 2017, we launched an Indiegogo Campaign where we raised over US$25,000 to launch our website and our first round-up of artisan collections.