Mali Chic, a boutique and an exporter of Malian ethnic products, was founded in 1998 by American designer Elaine Bellezza, who trained her employees and local artisans in handcraft production and design. In 2006, Ms. Bellezza gave her company to her five employees and opened a gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ms. Bellezza regularly returns to Mali to lead product development workshops and create new product designs with Mali Chic artisans.
Today, Mali Chic has 14 employees and collaborates with over 195 member artisans. We sell our artisans' products through a boutique in Bamako and through exports to the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia. Mali Chic partners with the United States Agency for International Development's (USAID) West African Trade Hub and, through Aid to Artisans, we provide exporting services to six artisan groups in Bamako, granting over 100 additional Malian artisans access to external markets.
We work closely with our artisans to produce high quality products while simultaneously respecting deadlines in order to meet the stringent demands of the international buyer. Mali Chic adheres to the fair trade principles of fair labor conditions and prices. Our artisans work from home, in their own workshops or on-site at Mali Chic, and child labor is never used. We provide our artisans with 50% advances on all orders and pay a fair price for their products.
Most Mali Chic products can be custom ordered according to dimensions, colors and fabric. Our artisans can also reproduce your personal designs. Please contact us to discuss custom designs or product changes.
We look forward to working with you!