/lär jes/ Generosity of spirit or attitude
Largesse is a mission-driven business that specializes in curating beautifully presented handmade, eco-conscious and/or fairly traded corporate gifts. We help corporate gift buyers find unique solutions that align with and reinforce their brand values.
We create sustainable economic opportunities for marginalized and talented artisans around the world by giving them equal access to the global marketplace of corporate buyers. By bringing together commerce and economic development, we are helping to develop a generation of hope.
From South Africa to Seattle, we’re on a journey to make a difference.
Anneli Jefferson and Ilse de Villiers grew up in South Africa. With backgrounds in marketing and finance respectively, and both also in product development and project management, our paths later crossed in Seattle, Washington. During the years as stay-at-home moms with plans of eventually returning to the workforce, our discussions often revolved around how much we wanted to do work that is tied to issues we deeply care about and aligns with our values. As we started exploring our options, we realized we had a unique perspective having witnessed the devastating impact of poverty in South Africa, but also how hope empowers people otherwise trapped in bleak situations. We knew that we wanted to use our experiences and our talents to make a deep impact. And so, our very first product, the So Many Days countdown-box-for-kids, was born. As kids open the doors on the box while counting down the days to a special event, they discover special treasures, mostly handmade and fairly-traded from around the globe. Inserts provide information about the artisans and their stories. These boxes are still sought-after by charitable organizations in the Seattle region and used in corporate donation drives, fundraisers, and community events.
Largesse came later. We kept getting questions about similar products for adults. We realized that people care more and more about where the things they buy or receive come from, who produced them and under which circumstances they are made. It is also true that today’s employees expect companies to lead with their values. That’s when we understood that corporate gifts could be a force for good.
Today, we are passionate about sourcing beautiful, unique gifts for corporate clients that are handmade by a real person, with a real story, not mass-produced in questionable conditions. And we strive to have a sustainable impact in the communities where our products are created.
We love telling the story behind each product and creating opportunities for learning more about the people and organizations involved.
In support of local businesses and disabled communities, whenever possible, design and fulfillment processes are assigned in the Seattle area.
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