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Looking Beyond Etsy: Can Artisan Craft be Scaled?

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Looking Beyond Etsy: Can Artisan Craft be Scaled?

Main image: Multihead embroidery machinery producing embellishment for The Tessellation Shift by Natalia Naveed for Victoria Road. Photography: Mohtshim Jawaid.A few months back, the New York Times Sunday Review published an opinion by Emily Matchar, entitled "Sorry, Etsy. That Handmade Scarf Won't Save the World." Co-owners of an ethical fashion brand, Victoria Road, my partner and I devoured the article. To be honest, we saw where Matchar was coming from. But we're a bit more optimistic in our outlook on the ethical fashion movement and what it can achieve.According to Matchar, "While buying homemade gifts is a lovely thing to...

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An Emerging Market Garment Factory Buzzing with Positive Energy

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An Emerging Market Garment Factory Buzzing with Positive Energy

A few days ago I was sitting at lunch with my father-in-law who is visiting us in Dubai. We were celebrating his retirement from a career that spanned more than forty years. When I asked him how he felt as he entered this new phase of his life, he told me for the first time he understood the meaning of true euphoria. Perhaps I am just really lucky or completely naive, but that is how I often feel as we take this project forward. With any start-up there are really amazing highs and equally challenging lows, but last week was...

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Reflections on our Journey: How we began, where we’ve been and where we hope to go...

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Reflections on our Journey: How we began, where we’ve been and where we hope to go...

Over the last few months I have been forced to spend quite a bit of time figuring out how to explain exactly what Victoria Road does and where we are going. As I sat face to face with potential investors and design partners, I found myself struggling a bit to verbalize what seems like such a simple concept inside my head. I began this journey five years ago without a clue as to what I was getting myself into. As is the case with most well-intentioned projects, my first goal was to help people – create opportunities, change the narrative,...

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CFO Megan Wrangles with the Internet, Conquers Quickbooks, Tackles Technical Design

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CFO Megan Wrangles with the Internet, Conquers Quickbooks, Tackles Technical Design

Oh. My. Goodness.If I have to sit on the phone for one more minute with a tech support person while Skyping with my developer, I think I will self-destruct… I’m on hold right now, so I’m waiting for the implosion…Don’t get me wrong. I love every tech support person I’ve spoken to and my developer is a hero in my eyes. He works as a freelancer on Upwork.com. He lives in India. He just got married. I feel like I have known him forever. Congratulations again, Vidur!!! But man, when I first spoke to my long-time buddy and erstwhile law...

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