/lär jes/ Generosity of spirit or attitude
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. Our career backgrounds are in marketing and finance, and also product development and project management. Our paths crossed in Seattle, Washington, where we discovered our shared passion for the beauty of nature and her people. Having seen the devastating impact of poverty, but also witnessing how hope empowers people otherwise trapped in bleak situations, we knew we wanted to use our experience to have an impact. And so, our 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.
Largesse followed when we realized that people care more and more about where things 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 was when we understood that corporate gifts could be a force for good.
We want to see a world where people earn a sustainable income
from the goods they produce, no matter where they live.
We are passionate about finding beautiful and unique corporate gifts that are handmade by a real person, with a real story, not mass-produced under questionable circumstances. We strive to have a sustainable economic impact in the communities where these products are produced. 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.
Largesse is a product of our desire to make a difference, one gift at-a-time.
The well-being of our partner artisans is central to who we are as a company. We work with artisan entrepreneurs to build their businesses and sustainably increase their income. We’re committed to maintaining and promoting centuries-old skills that bind together communities. We believe that ethical production should not compromise the quality and design. Rather, it adds to its exquisiteness and value.
Fair trade is best known for producers getting a fair price for their goods. We work to ensure the social, economic and environmental well-being of marginalized small producers which means we do not maximize profit at their expense. We promise fairly traded production, whether by certified fair-trade groups or responsibly run social and community facilities aiming to create income and help to preserve and develop culture.
We care for our planet by helping to preserve a clean ecosystem for future generations. That’s why we seek out products made from certified organic, recycled, upcycled or renewable raw materials with low environmental impact throughout their life cycle. This also holds true for packaging choices. Our artisan partners optimize energy and water preservation and limit waste throughout the production process. Wherever possible, we use packaging products that can be recycled, composted or processed into new products.
Largesse curates beautifully presented environmentally-friendly, artisan-made and fairly traded corporate gifts.