About

Stem. Helping Artisans to Blossom

One day Kelly Sobczak asked her boss for vacation. He said no. She said, “I quit.” What was to be a brief holiday turned into an 18-month solo adventure around the world during which she met amazing artisans who create unique handcrafts not found in typical retail shops. And she hasn’t looked back since.

 

From the mountains of Kashmir to the bustling markets of Bangkok, Kelly searches out the most unique and distinctive fashion accessories and gift items from around the world: real orchid jewelry from Thailand, intricate hand-embroidered accessories from Kashmir, colorful silk handbags from Vietnam, and much more.

 

For more than ten years, we’ve worked directly with artisans to bring you affordable, fairly made and certified fair trade accessories from around the world. Stem works directly with the artisans in the development of original products and the adaptation of local products to the Western market. We hope you cherish these handmade treasures.