Accessories designer Amy Fleuriot and craft development expert Bee Friedmann first met in 2011 while walking their dogs in London Fields Park in Hackney, London. They quickly discovered a common love for design, animals, and sustainability, and set off together on a 6 week product development adventure to Kenya. It was this trip that provided the inspiration to start Artisans + Adventurers. The brand officially launched in the Summer of 2013 with a collection of vibrant, ethically made jewellery and homeware.
Working between East London and East Africa; Artisans + Adventurers gives traditional craft modern appeal by combining a minimalist aesthetic with a love of colour and print. Amy & Bee regularly travel to Kenya to oversee the jewellery and homeware production and make checks on working conditions. The London-based brand produces its collections in collaboration with small-scale artisans and craft groups that would otherwise not have access to international markets. One such group offers people with physical disabilities the opportunity for better livelihoods through training and employment.
Working with natural, locally-sourced materials such as bone, wood and horn – as well as brass and aluminium, Amy & Bee are dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of their production methods.