Last week, we announced updated Guidelines that allow sellers to apply for approval to sell items made in collaboration with manufacturers. On Etsy, a manufacturer is simply any outside business a seller uses to produce their items. A factory with 20 employees can be a manufacturer, but so can a two-person sewing workshop.
Many Etsy sellers already use partnerships like these to create their goods. Our former policies on partial manufacturing assistance allowed these collaborations, but didn’t give sellers good ways to share that information publicly. With our new Guidelines, we are asking sellers to share this information with us and the Etsy community. So far, 250 Etsy sellers have applied for review. On average, their shops have been open two-and-a-half years. Here are five that exemplify particularly great partnerships.
Bailey Doesn’t Bark
Re Jin Lee has been selling her covetable ceramics and home goods on Etsy since 2008. Re Jin makes her ceramics on her own, but uses partnerships for the other items in her shop. Her tea towels are made by a group of artisans in India she connected with through Aid to Artisans, an organization dedicated to helping artisans around the world make a living, and her prints (originally done one-by-one on a Gocco printer) are created with a local printing house in New York City.
For more on Bailey Doesn’t Bark, visit their About page.
Ozan Berke started designerDad in 2001, the year his daughter was born, and opened his Etsy shop in spring 2013. His love of typography and cartography is showcased in a collection of bold and colorful map posters, made with assistance from French Paper Company in Niles, Michigan and Monolith Press in Alameda, California, a print shop that uses eco-friendly inks.
Discover more of Ozan’s story on his shop’s About page.
A passion for sustainability and a unique local material inspired Natalia’s innovative bags, wallets and cases made from cork. Cork is an earth-friendly material that’s abundant in Portugal, Natalia’s home base. By partnering with a group of local artisans in a small, family-owned company to make the larger bags in her line, Natalia is able to keep her quality high while creating local jobs — a win-win for all concerned. She opened her Etsy shop in 2012.
Learn more on Corkor’s About page.
Tielor McBride was the very first Etsy seller approved to list items made with a manufacturer. He’s been selling his signature line of bags and accessories, TM1985, on Etsy since 2010. His designs come to life with help from a family-owned New Jersey company that specializes in leather and canvas goods.
Tielor shares more of his story on his About page.
Little Hero Capes
Allison Faunce wants every little kid to discover their courageous inner superhero — that’s why she started selling capes on Etsy in 2007. She works with nearby Fall River Apparel in Fall River, Massachusetts, to turn fabric into a magical, empowering item perfect for creative play.
Read more about Allison’s shop on her About page.
In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more stories about sellers partnering with manufacturers in creative and innovative ways. Stay tuned!
Curious about manufacturing on Etsy? Learn more.