SHOP. GIFT. ENJOY. LOCAL.
We facilitate sourcing from a curated selection of artists, craftsmen and manufacturers that give communities vibrancy. We’ve met our makers, done our homework and gone to great lengths to tell their stories. Most importantly, we make it convenient to shop in just a few simple steps.
STEP 1: Choose Your Featured City
STEP 2: Find Or Build A Pack
STEP 3: Meet Your Community Makers
Pack Elephant’s mission is to bring high-volume, sustainable business to the variety of diverse talent living and working in our hyper-local communities. We’ve watched too many makers abandon their passion after hitting a ceiling of resource and access. Beyond markets and craft shows, achieving visibility can be a challenge in a digital world crowded with options…but makers are our neighbors. They are small shops, friends, mothers, fathers and teachers that contribute to our community in a multitude of ways. Let’s highlight, celebrate and enable their trades - as many as we can - together.
Pack Elephant's concept was inspired by the challenge Winsome Kirton, founder, faced when trying to find meaningful and financially sustainable work after graduating from college as a Visual Studies major. “Either you go corporate, or you concede to life as a starving artist.” The thought inspired a bigger question…
… Why are we starving our artists?
At the same time, society’s collective consciousness has started embracing authenticity and intentionality as a critical part of everyday purchasing behavior. The number of farmers markets and craft fairs across the U.S. has nearly quadrupled. “Buy local” has become a staple in rhetoric across the U.S. in big cities and small towns alike. On an enterprise level, supplier diversity initiatives have become more prevalent. The market is ready for a better solution that combines values-based buying with the convenience of on-demand e-commerce that we know and expect.
Pack Elephant resolves this dilemma by making it easy to find and buy a curated selection of unique artisanal products based on where they are made, who makes them, and the causes the products support.
Creative entrepreneurs from all backgrounds - those that make our beloved communities vibrant places to live, work and play - deserve to have their stories told. They deserve high volume sales and they deserve to achieve success. That is what we deliver through the vehicle of gifts that go a little bit further.