The recent Artisan Leadership Summit at the U.N. generated lots of news, including the announcement of a new supply-chain standard for homeworkers and small-workshop artisans by U.S.-based non-profit, Nest. Whitney Bauck's coverage for Fashionista (linked above) had plenty of interesting bits, including this on how media reflections of consumer values can affect the artisan sphere:
"I'm not just saying this to pay lip service — I think the handwork economy is still one of the greatest, most untold stories," said director of "The True Cost" Andrew Morgan. He outlined his belief that mainstream media reflects the wider population's values more often than it leads them, and claimed that as consumers continue to make their interest in artisan stories clear, the media will respond."
VOGUE's Emily Ferra also had a great take on the event, including this interesting quote from The New York Times 's fashion director and chief critic Vanessa Friedman (which might explain why we've been seeing a noticeable uptick in artisan/sustainability coverage from the paper):
"I don’t think we’ve forgotten the value of small artisans; I think we’ve devalued them. Globalization of the fashion industry swamped the smaller manufacturer and the individual. We traded the value of the singular and the hard-to-get for the incredible allure of joining a massive community that was represented by a brand name, like H&M or Chloé. That’s a shifting of identity that needs to be readdressed.”