How it all started
Dassie Artisan was launched in 2012 after the founders David and Roxi Zeeman moved to the UK. They found there was a lack of unique, handmade, feel good homeware available on the market. Combining their collective career experience as well as inspiration and knowledge gained on their global travels, they created a brand based on honesty, integrity and simply great design that inspires others to live well.
Taking inspiration from the worlds of fashion, different cultures and their African roots, David and Roxi are committed to offering their customers handmade treasures that are lovingly created by talented artisans. Each item is representative of the hard work and skills developed over generations; woven with ounces of culture and years of heritage.
They are proud of the platform they have created for the artisans that we support and so are committed to continuing to grow organically whilst remaining socially and environmentally responsible.
Dassie’s mission is to work directly with artisans in developing countries to produce unique, design-led homeware. They seek to empower our artisans to use their traditional skills and techniques to reach a broader market and create better lives for themselves and their communities. Their aim is to celebrate individuality and acknowledge our responsibility to inspire and educate our customers to make conscious and honest buying decisions.
At Dassie, Fairtrade principles are at the core of everything they do. Their mission is to build relationships with, and promote the work of talented artisans in developing countries by bringing their creations to a wider market. They seek to empower these artisans to make a living from their skills and create better lives for themselves.
Dassie is a proud member of BAFTS (British Association of Fair Trade Shops). As members of BAFTS they adhere to their Ten Principles of Fair Trade and work to support their aims. To summarise, their principles seek to create opportunities for disadvantaged producers by means of fair trade practices and accountability. This entails payment of a fair wage, no child or forced labour, gender equity, lack of discrimination, good working conditions, and respect for the environment.