ISSUE 49  |  Utilitarian Glamour

Remodelista SF Market Spotlight: The Citizenry

December 10, 2014 2:00 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

Who: Motivated by a desire to have a positive social impact, Carly Nance and Rachel Bentley founded online shop The Citizenry. Alums of the world of brand planning and consumer product redesign, the duo work with local artisans around the globe to create fair-trade home goods with “a soul and a story.” 

What: Each season the Citizenry features a new collection sourced from a distinct corner of the world. So far, they’ve worked with artisans in Peru, Argentina, and Uganda to create a small, thoughtfully designed line of goods. Ten percent of the proceeds are channeled directly back to the artisan communities they work with through an entrepreneur development grant.

Insider Scoop: The Remodelista SF Market is the first time Nance and Bentley will be selling their goods in person. They’ll be showcasing their popular Palermo Butterfly Chair (see below), as well as their newly launched Noche blanket and special edition La Nieve throw, which was made in a holiday batch of only 25. 

Above: Adia Planters are hand-carved from single blocks of mugavu wood by a group of 15 artisans in Nakawa, in the Central Region of Uganda; $65 each.

Above: The weavers of Huancavelia, in the Peruvian Andes, make the Diamanta Throw from 100 percent baby alpaca wool; $135.

Above: Based on the 1938 original, designed by a trio of Argentine architects, the Palermo Butterfly Chair is handcrafted of saddle leather by the Palermo Leather Workshop; $650. (Read about the history of the Butterfly Chair in Object Lessons.)

Above: Another design made by a collective in Uganda’s Nakawa area, the Zua Lamp is hand-carved from mugavu wood and comes with an Edison bulb; $175.

Check out the work of some of our other SF Holiday Market sellers: