Modern Midwest November 29 2014

Minnesotan Makers Partner with the American Refugee Committee on Exclusive Collection   

Shopping local can have a global impact. The American Refugee Committee has teamed up with Minnesota artisans to create a stunning collection of handmade goods, the sales of which will benefit refugees worldwide. The Maker’s includes exclusive items from some of the state’s most sought-after craftspeople. ARC has called Minnesota home for more than 35 years, so partnering with local makers was an ideal way to engage their home base. “We love Minnesota. We wanted to find a way to strengthen our connection with our Minnesota neighbors and still create real humanitarian impact worldwide,” says Jenna Myrland, engagement coordinator for ARC.
“When we started reaching out to local artisans, we found that they were inspired to take a business approach to help create meaningful change around the world,” Myrland says. “Through the sale of the Maker’s Collection, their talent will have a direct impact in peoples’ lives.”  
“We wanted to give people an incredibly meaningful way to shop for the holiday season.” -JENNA MYRLAND
In order to choose which artisans to collaborate with, ARC consulted with Allison Kaplan, senior editor of shopping & style for Mpls. St. Paul Magazine. “We looked for artisans who shared our sense of purpose and who created incredible products,” says Myrland. “We wanted to give people an incredibly meaningful way to shop for the holiday season.”
If you’re in the market for unique gifts handcrafted in Minnesota this holiday season, don’t miss ARC’s The Maker’s Collection.

Mpls/St. Paul Magazine November 22 2014


The Maker's Collection

I left Friday's Changemakers Ball at the Depot feeling inspired about the humanitarian work the Minneapolis-based American Refugee Committee is doing around the world . . . and really wanting a Hackwith Design House scarf. What a bonus that the purchase supports such a worthy cause.

Rather than stage another silent auction at its annual event, ARC commissioned local designers including Woodchuck, B.T. McElrath, Wind & Willow, Dunn Brothers Coffee, and Spring Finn & Co. to create a custom collection of hand-crafted gifts. The cohesive collection includes journals covered in cypress and eucalyptus wood, a leather clutch, paint-dipped cherry bowls and spoons, and that Hackwith scarf—hand-dyed to create the look of a blue sky.

Now you can shop the exclusive Maker's Collection online—knowing that every purchase invests in Minnesota businesses, and global aid for those who need it most.

Allison Kaplan is Mpls.St.Paul Magazine’s shopping and style editor.

The American Edit October 21 2014


The Maker's Collection 

The A-List is an encyclopedia of our favorite American-made brands – brands that we buy again and again and would recommend to anyone.  
THE MAKER'S COLLECTION: A select group of Minnesota’s most sought after artisans sat down with the American Refugee Committee to seek inspiration for the design of a custom collection of hand-crafted gifts. Adding fresh meaning to locally made goods, The Maker’s Collection is an exclusive collection of gift-ready products that work to create real change worldwide.
CATEGORY: Accessories, Charitable, Home 
MADE IN: Minnesota