With the holidays upon us, it can be easy to place an order at a fast-fashion site and receive your package within two days. But, choosing to shop small this season has a huge impact on those you choose to support. Small business owners handle every order with care—and your small order can mean more to them than you can imagine, especially after a trying year.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to show a little love to small businesses and talented artisans, we have just the spot for you: the West Elm local makers section. This hidden gem known as West Elm LOCAL uses West Elm’s platform to aid makers and designers in growing their businesses—and better yet, the site highlights Black-owned businesses specializing in everything from custom ceramics to one-of-a-kind textiles.
These are some of our favorite finds from West Elm LOCAL so you can support and shop alongside us.
Bolé Road Textiles Pillow
Founder of Bolé Road Textiles Hana Getachew creates stunning home textiles in collaboration with Ethiopian artisans. This Afar Pillow is handwoven from 100% cotton and makes for a gorgeous, room-brightening statement.
Curiosity Lab Actually Curious Card Game
This sweet card game sets out to spread empathy by asking deep and meaningful questions to its players. Michael Tennat, the maker of Actually Curious, is on a mission to fight divisiveness and hopes users will discuss important topics without defenses.
Farmhouse Pottery Pantry Candlesticks
These stunning candlesticks would be the perfect addition to your dining room table or fireplace mantel. Located in Woodstock, Vermont, Farmhouse Pottery aims to connect people to a more sustainable lifestyle that values the farmers and makers at the heart of it all.
Happy Habitat Recycled Cotton India Throw
The softest accent to your bed or sofa, the India Throw by Happy Habitat is a must-buy if you’re in the market for a new blanket. Karrie Dean, founder of Happy Habitat, created the company to pursue her longtime love of art, with every order carefully handcrafted in New Jersey.
btw Ceramics Catchalls
How chic is this catchall? This piece would look stunning atop any entryway table or dresser and is handmade in California by btw Ceramics, where designer Brook T. Winfrey embraces each piece’s irregularities—no two are the same.
Gabrielle Silverlight Arch Vessel
Curved vases are enjoying a major moment in the spotlight right now, and this adorable handcrafted piece fits in just right. Maker Gabrielle Silverlight creates organic ceramics in Philadelphia that are equally unique and functional.
Nickel Designs Hand-Painted Doormat
We see these quirky doormats all over big box retailers’ sites, but this doormat was hand-painted and crafted by Nicole Jones of Nickel Designs in Costa Mesa, California, making it extra special and extra high-quality.
Closed Mondays Hanging Planter
Who doesn’t love an adorable hanging planter? Bekka Palmer and the team at Closed Mondays craft baskets—and create miniature versions for these planters—at their studio in Brooklyn, New York.