Crafted by Friends (CBF) is an online boutique where you will find one-of-a-kind jewelry, accessories, and home accents made by remarkable individuals from all over the world; it is style with a story. The founders include Sara and Philip Dail and Val and Brent Mathison. We each have our own story but share a common bond in our passion for helping others.
At CBF we believe that artisans, particularly those in developing countries, who exercise creativity and skill in designing and producing beautiful, hand-crafted items should be supported and appreciated for their work. We are driven by a commitment to helping others, creating connections between people, and highlighting the beauty that exists around the world. We have partnered with a select group of international artisans – friends – whose work we truly admire and whose stories we want to share. As you browse the products on the CBF site, we encourage you to visit each artisan partner’s story page to learn more about the people who create the stunning products you see. We hope you will feel a sense of connection with the artisans and consider the products to have been crafted by friends.
All of CBF’s policies, practices, and standards are aligned with fair trade principles. We expect our artisans to provide safe, suitable working conditions and to be as considerate of the environment as possible when creating their products. We are committed to helping improve their lives and the communities in which they live by paying fair prices for their products and helping them to significantly expand their market reach.
We will continue to grow our circle of artisan friends, so be sure to check our site regularly for new offerings. You can also sign up here for our e-newsletter to stay updated on special offers and new artisans.
CBF’s mission is to positively impact the livelihood of our artisan partners. We will help our artisan partners share their stories and market their products through our online store. Our goal is to exponentially increase the exposure of their beautiful, hand-crafted items to buyers who value not only the products but also the lives of the people who create them. We want our customers to be compelled by the beauty of our offerings and the stories behind them.
The inspiration for our name came from the years of interaction that Philip and Sara have had with our artisan partners. Many of them have become personal friends thus fostering the name, Crafted by Friends.