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Siblings Bridge Cultures With Uncommon Threads

Look. You probably don’t share much with rural Guatemalan weavers. Siblings Jed and Marne Ackerman, founders of Jed and Marne, realized there were common threads, including an appreciation of craft. Convinced the vibrant complexity of the Mayan designs would translate in an everyday way, in 2010 they began employing the weavers to craft simple drawstring shorts. The mission: to make  an artisan tradition feel relevant (and super soft) while providing a sustainable income source. Here, the duo behind Jed and Marne share their short story – read on, it’s all good. 

What’s the GOOD STORY behind your business?
We are a person-to-person, family-to-family businesses working together with a commitment to creating quality product and meaningful connections. Our business was designed as a way to help save endangered cultural traditions – Mayan weaving – and bring economic stimulation to rural areas of Guatemala. We pride ourselves on connecting artisans to a viable marketplace and ensuring a livelihood for them and their families.

Fill in the blank: GOOD things happen when…you listen to your gut.

How do you create impact?
Our greatest impact has been growing a steady and reliable business with our Guatemalan artisan partners. We pay all of our weavers livable wages and ensure safe work environments. And at the ned of the day they are happy to have produced something beautiful that brings happiness.

What’s one good thing you’ve discovered lately?
It’s encouraging to see the shift in consumer culture towards more mindful consumption. We recently joined forces with AccompanyUS, a new boutique for socially responsible brands creating beautiful product. It’s exciting to see platforms like this succeed because it means demand in growing for more meaningful shopping experiences.