Today, we’re excited to announce that we’re acquiring A Little Market, a French company that has built the leading domestic marketplace for handmade goods. A Little Market is an online destination for consumers in France looking for creative goods made by local artists and designers.
This acquisition is strategic and complementary for us. Etsy and A Little Market share the same values — to connect people locally and globally through commerce and encourage creative entrepreneurs. Similar to Etsy, A Little Market has a strong focus on community and supporting sellers.
Etsy’s community has been global from the beginning of our nine-year history, with orders between buyers and sellers in different countries happening in the first days after the site went live. Likewise, the appetite shoppers have for handmade products, especially knowing the maker and the story behind the shop, is not unique to the United States.
While Etsy’s business in France is primarily import/export — shoppers in other countries buying from local sellers — A Little Market has been focused on domestic growth among French sellers and buyers. The mission we believe in is aligned across both platforms. A Little Market shares our strategy of supporting designers, artists and makers to start and scale their independent, creative businesses, bringing to market one-of-a-kind goods. They emphasize handmade and work to keep the buying experience human and friendly.
A Little Market will remain independent, led by founders Nicolas Cohen, Nicolas d’Audiffret, and Loic Duvernay, and the buyer and seller experiences on both platforms will not change as a result of this acquisition. They have built a great team and have tremendous momentum to continue to advance our shared mission. Together, Etsy and A Little Market are incredibly well-positioned to reimagine commerce in France, the world’s fifth largest economy.