Global Style Goes Local at Arden Trading Co.

New Minnesota-based online retailer specializes in bohemian goods crafted by traditional artisans

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Bethany Catherine Pillows from Arden. Photo courtesy of Arden Trading Co.

Globally inspired goods and bohemian style continue to be strong trends in fashion and home. But rather than buying mass-produced products from Anthropologie, opt for authentic, fair-trade handmade items using traditional techniques, such as those from the recently launched Arden Trading Co. The Minnesota-based online retailer specializes in textiles, home goods, women’s jewelry, accessories, and gifts crafted by traditional artisans sourced everywhere from Morocco to Phoenix, Arizona. Founded by Stefani Arden Ellenbecker, who works by day as a project manager for Best Buy, the brand sells hand-woven kilim shams from the central Turkish plains of Anatolia, pillows made by artisans in Morocco, and Zapotec wool textiles from Mexico, plus indigo-dyed African mudcloths and Native American–made turquoise and sterling silver jewelry. And best of all, because all Arden Trading products are handmade, these goods are truly unique—no two items are the same. •