In keeping with the South’s finest etiquette, it is downright impolite – plain and simply rude – not to make formal introductions! Right y’all?! As an ode to Emily Post, let me formally introduce all of you “Southern C” ladies to the South’s newest retail partnership formed by, Amy Fritchman and Sarah Meyer, both of Saint Simons Island, co-owners and founders of the company, 107 Market Street.
Officially launching just last week, their website went live just days after company’s local debut: the First Annual Christmas Market. “It was our introduction to the local community to let everyone know who we are and why we exist,” said Sarah. The holiday event brought local and international hand-crafted goods and artisans together for both shoppers and retailers, putting feet to their company tagline: “Where style meets Need“.
Amy and Sarah formed 107 Market Street to bring unique, fashionable, high quality, hand-crafted goods to the public. Their mission is to establish robust commerce and sustainable economic development for select artisans from around the world, and locally.
In their words, “We seek to unite your need for style with an artisan’s need for sustainable business. We are passionate about celebrating our artisans’ gifts and talents and extending the reach of their handcrafted goods”.
Amy explained, “We continually heard the same stories from artisans both here in the states and through our connections in Haiti and Ghana, skilled artisans don’t have the time and know- how to adequately market and sell their items to create steady streams of income. In some countries, a selling platform simply doesn’t exist… we formed this company to serve as a bridge between artist, retailer, buyer and distributor.”
The 107 online shopping experience can be tailored according to your preference:
1. Read about each artist and what they make! Pictured left is Mafi, leader of the jewelry making guild with 2nd Story Goods. You can find out about her and others like her under ‘The Artisans”.
2. Shop by categories including NEW ARRIVALS, FOR HER, FOR HIM, and FOR KIDS.
3. Shop by country – select a country of interest and see what goods are handmade and culturally unique to them.
4. Lastly, shop by partner, exploring each organization making the goods, and browsing their specific products; Feeding the Orphans, 2nd story goods, Haiti design co-op, or REBUILD globally.
Amy and Sarah recently returned from the first 107 Market Street trip to Haiti where they met with the organizations who train the artisans and assist with production of their items. “We went to strategize and plan how we could maximize what they are doing in the villages every day.”
“We were able to see firsthand how the revenue from overseas sales has directly improved some of these villages. These artisans are focused on improving the economy where they live” said Sarah. She added, “We were honored to be part of the design process, as we met with Benson, the leather artist, excitement was brewing for what’s to come. Be on the lookout for high-end boutique items coming to the US from these highly skilled artists!”
“In our own backyard, and around the world, our collaboration with artisans has taken us from local workshops to tribal villages, observing the work first hand, curating each piece in our collection to bring you the very best in high fashion.
Every sale strengthens the local economy through sustainable business practices and impacts developing countries by creating income streams for the poverty stricken overseas.
We’re Amy and Sarah, the 107 Market Street team, and we are devoted to promoting economic improvement globally, and offering you original products you’re going to love!” **excerpts taken from “Our Story” on website **Written by Cyle Augusta
107 Market Street is a unique shopping experience, and right on time for holiday gift-buying! Be sure to tell them I sent you!
Telling the story,