Interview with The Market Find

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Ethnic artisan community is struggling as cost of making products is rising exponentially. In true American Spirit we asked the question, what can we do and how can we do it better. So I went back and hired the best artisans who have been passed down textile and leather craftsmanship for generations and put this collection together. – Miriam Farhan

We caught up with Miriam Farhan, the Founder and CEO of The Market Find during New York Fashion Week #NYFW in September. The Market Find produces beautiful and exotic handbags, scarves, coats and home textiles. Every piece has a story tied to the rich history of an ethnic craft.

bag2What inspired you to start The Market Find?
I am originally from Pakistan with extensive experience working in the textile industry. I feel that the American woman is highly influenced by fashion retailers and brands like Free People, Anthropologie, Desigual, Haute Hippie and Calypso St. Barth who offer colorful products with a global feel. At the same time our customers support global issues, care for the environment and believe that what they buy must be produced ethically.. Reality is that the fashion world is slowly moving away from fast disposable fashion.

When I asked myself whats missing from the US fashion scene, it was Pakistan’s beautiful art and culture, leather craftsmanship and colorful traditional textiles. So i went back and hired the best artisans who have been passed down textile and leather craftsmanship for generations and put this collection together.

What is the brand’s philosophy?
The Market Find handmade collection of scarves, coats, handbags, quilts and pillows feature the perfect combination of colorful, playful and global inspired seasonless statement pieces. We use the finest handwoven fabrics and construction techniques and have revived the ancient art of ralli patchwork quilting, bandhni tie dye technique and hand block prints.

What has been your greatest achievement so far?
Pakistan’s unstable economy has taken its toll on the artisan families. Ethnic artisan community is struggling as cost of making products is rising exponentially and this is the only thing they know how to do well.
In true American Spirit we said what can we do and how can we do it better.

Our biggest achievement is that we improved the quality of ethnic craftsmanship, raised it to international standards, brought world exposure to ethnic craftsmanship and created jobs in the local economy. Now we are working on setting up projects with http://water.org/projects/ and charity organizations in rural Pakistan that set up education and skill training schools to empower young girls. More to come on that.

Where can our readers find you online?
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