Global Craft Acquires World Shoppe
~ Expands fair trade work with women in South Africa ~
Chicago, IL (October 15, 2012) – Global Crafts, an Edgewater, FL-based fair trade wholesale company, has acquired World Shoppe, LLC, a Chicago-based importer of jewelry and greeting cards handmade by women artisans from South Africa.
The move was based on Karydes’ decision to focus more of her work on her consulting business, Karydes Consulting, which provides marketing communications services to socially-conscious business as well as writing services for both consumer and trade magazines.
All of the items in the World Shoppe collection are 100 percent fair trade. The company has been an active member of the Fair Trade Federation since 2004 and Karydes currently serves on the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization.
Kevin Ward and Renice Jones, co-owners of Global Crafts, will continue to work with artisans in South Africa and work to grow capacity in that region.
“I’ve been involved in fair trade for more than a decade and the last nine years has allowed me to grow a business and work with artisans across the globe,” says Karydes. “Kevin and Renice are well-known supporters of the fair trade movement. When I was considering who to reach out to when I was ready to sell the business, they were the first who came to mind because I know their business practices and support to their artisans and customers are second to none. World Shoppe is in great hands under their portfolio of beautiful fair trade offerings.
“We are delighted to bring World Shoppe’s work under the Global Crafts brand of fair trade items,” says Ward. “We’ve known Megy for several years and has worked tirelessly to promote fair trade both in her city and nationally. She not only has developed strong relationships with her artisans and retail buyers but she has been, and will continue to be, an ambassador for fair trade well beyond this transition.”
Editor’s Note: High-resolution product photos available upon request by contacting Megy Karydes at 312-560-2715 or Megy@KarydesConsulting.com. Media interviews with Megy Karydes and/or Kevin Ward are welcome.
ABOUT GLOBAL CRAFTS
Global Crafts is a fair trade business that works with more than 40 producer partners in 20 countries. Global Crafts is the wholesale division and Gifts With Humanity is the retail division. For more information about the company’s background and collection, please visit www.GlobalCraftsb2b.com.
ABOUT WORLD SHOPPE
World Shoppe is a fair trade importing company that wholesales women’s jewelry, accessories and greeting cards from South Africa and Kenya. The company works directly with the artisan groups on designs that appeal to the Western market and its products can be found in more than 100 stores throughout the country. For more information about the company’s background and collection, please visit www.World-Shoppe.com.