Featured Vendor: Xinh & Co!

Beautiful, functional, fair-trade home goods and bags handcrafted using traditional techniques by artisans in underdeveloped countries around the world.

Xinh & Co (pronounced “sinh,” translating to “cute & pretty” in Vietnamese) is a small, family-run business managed by work-at-home mompeneur, Trang. A maker and lover of all things handmade, Trang started Xinh & Co by selling traditional rice baskets made by artisans in her hometown. Now Xinh & Co supports and collaborates with artisans in her native country as well as in other underdeveloped parts of the word to create a beautiful product line of functional, fair-trade, handwoven arts.

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Xinh & Co’s product line, which includes beautifully woven baskets, purses, clutches as well as pillows and colorful pom pom tassels, focuses on traditional weaving techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. Trang’s hope is not only to introduce other parts of the word to these beautifully-made products, but also that in doing so the techniques are preserved and further passed down.

The Moon Tote. Crafted by artisans in Southern Mexico from 100% local palm, this bag - which takes three full days to produce - is truly a work of art.

The Moon Tote. Crafted by artisans in Southern Mexico from 100% local palm, this bag - which takes three full days to produce - is truly a work of art.

As a maker herself, Trang’s understanding of the processes and time involved in creating handwoven goods translates into her business practices; Xinh & Co sources products directly from the makers (cutting out the middle man), pays pair living wages, and even offers artisans 20% more for the first batch of products (which often require new tools, materials, and extra time investment.)

The Balinese Cross Body purse: Mini in Natural (left) and Regular in Maple (right).

The Balinese Cross Body purse: Mini in Natural (left) and Regular in Maple (right).

The Balinese Cross Body Purse, shown above, has been a bestseller since arriving at The COMMUNITY. Handwoven by artisans in Bali from durable reed, the Cross Body Purse is available in two sizes, mini (6 inch diameter) and regular (8 inch diameter), and two finishes, natural and maple. Lined in fabric, the Balinese Crossbody features a leather strap: the lighter natural finished purses come with a blush strap, the deeper colored maple purses feature a cognac strap.

Shop Xinh & Co at The COMMUNITY | For more information, visit the Xinh & Co Website or follow Trang on Instagram.

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