by Nevena Rousseva
There’s something very special about an artisan made product. It’s a connection; to the person who made it, to their life experiences, and to the place where it was made. But it’s not always easy to find artisan products. Often you have to travel to far away places. That is until now. Enter Discovered, an online marketplace, founded by Gijsbert van der Sleen, that connects you directly with artisans and their products from countries like India, Morocco, Indonesia, Kenya, and Sri Lanka..
So if you want to find a unique gift for someone special, or just something for yourself, you don’t have to travel halfway around the world. All you have to do is shop through Discovered. And to get you started we are giving away 10 Euro (12 dollars) gift card to one reader! For more details see below.
To discover what Discovered is really all about we had the chance to ask PR manager, Amber a few questions.
1. What is the concept behind Discovered?
It is a community connecting artisans and consumers and takes you on a journey around the world from your own home. On the marketplace you can find handmade products and the unique stories behind them, share your own (travel) stories and share your discovered artisans.
2. How did the idea for Discovered come about?
The idea came in 2012 : during his travels, Gijsbert discovered the best stories hidden behind special handmade products. The artisans asked whether there was an opportunity to share their stories to Western countries. They wanted to do business, but sometimes they just do not have the resources to do this. An opportunity was born, and Gijsbert wanted to make this possible for them by creating a marketplace where they can sell directly to consumers.
3. How is Discovered different from Etsy?
At Discovered we take out the middlemen so the artisan can earn more. We support the artisans wherever possible by working together with local scouts. These are people who speak their language and help them wherever possible. They help them by taking excellent photos and help them deliver a good quality product. Artisans can set their own selling price, adjusted to the western market, and on top of that we have a 15% margin. The artisans on Discovered are only from emerging countries.
4. How do you find the artisans?
We have local teams in 12 countries and we started by bringing 10,000 products online. We also have a Seller Activation team here in our office in Rotterdam who communicate with our local teams.
5. Are products shipped directly by the artisans?
Yes the artisans sell directly to consumers and ship the products.
6. How is sustainability incorporated into the Discovered marketplace?
Since a month we are a B Corp. B Corp is to business what Fair Trade certification is to coffee or USDA Organic certification is to milk. B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
7. What are the artisans saying about Discovered?
The artisans are really enthusiastic about Discovered sharing their stories, not only selling their products. You have a good example on this video (starting from 3.10 min) with our artisans Api Happi.
8. What are some of the best selling products so far?
9. What markets will Discovered be entering next?
The next step is communicating global and choosing one country to set up the Discovered Academy, an academy teaching the sellers how to sell online.♥
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To learn more about Discovered and shop the marketplace click here.