HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY ORDER?
Online orders take 10 business days to create. If our artisans finish it sooner, we will ship it! Before major holidays we suggest ordering 2 weeks before you’d like to receive your purchase.
HOW IS IT MADE?
Everything is handmade from start to finish. Every single bracelet is unique, which means there might be slight variations in each piece. If you’re not happy with your bracelet, please reach out to us and we will do our best to accommodate.
All of our cuffs 6” wide and have an adjustable copper band inside. However, if you’d like to request an extra small or extra large cuff email firstname.lastname@example.org
We use USPS 5-Day Ground or 2-Day Priority Shipping on most orders but can ship via UPS and FedEx on request.
Yikes! It’s expensive! We’ll do our best to find you the best option so if you have any questions please email us at email@example.com to request a quote.
Our artisans are private contractors, which means they are their own bosses and it allows them to work as much or as little as they want depending on their lifestyle needs. Most of our artisans are mothers and appreciate the flexibility!
As a small business, it works out better for our artisans to be private contractors rather than employees especially because they receive health insurance from IHS. We help them set up legal, invoicing and billing processes and they are always paid immediately after their work is complete. As they own their own small business, they are contributing to their Social Security for when they retire.
Minimum wage in Albuquerque is $7.50 and it will be $9 in 2020. Our artisans make between 1.5-2x minimum wage per hour based on time testing how long it takes to make a bracelet. In terms of total sales, over 50% goes back directly to our artisans. Considering we have rent, salaries, material costs, travel, sales and marketing, we're pretty impressed with this number and believe it says a lot about our ethics and what we invest in as a company.
In regards to turning into a worker owned cooperative, we underwent a feasibility study because we really do believe in worker ownership. However, it was recommended that we maintain our status as a business because we are not profitable enough and it would require serious upfront capital investment. We're working on it but it is a slow process as our number one mission is to continue finding sales outlets for our product to keep an income flowing for our artisans and their families.
WHERE IN THE WORLD IS ETKIE?
We are headquartered in Albuquerque, NM (8-5 MT).
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
We believe in talent! Etkie a jewelry company that creates quality jobs in underemployed communities that honor the customs and traditions of its makers. We are building a movement to humanize production and harness it as a force for good in the fashion industry.