ModernVintageGiftCo

Unique, Recycled, Ethically Traded Gifts.

Buckingham, England | 1150 Sales

ModernVintageGiftCo

Unique, Recycled, Ethically Traded Gifts.

Buckingham, England 1150 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Ryan Jones

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About

Fatherhood opened the door

Many of my younger years have been spent in retail making money for big companies and always striving to better myself, I slowly worked my way up to management of a large DIY chain in the UK but Fatherhood offered a welcomed opportunity for change.

Upon the arrival of my twins my wife's employers offered her a salary mine could not match and for less hours, it was a decision that took a lot of thought from both of us but it was eventually agreed that Tracey (my wife) would return to work and I would take on the role of home maker, this in turn offered the perfect opportunity to look at starting a small business from home, something I had always wanted to do after years of making money for other people.

I have always had a passion for recycling and the wonderful things that can be made from other peoples rubbish, when thinking about what I wanted to try and offer and in what direction I would like to take my business I remembered a TV program I had seen about street art in South Africa and the items they would sell made from recycled materials, I felt this would be a fantastic way to pursue my interests whilst also supporting people in less fortunate communities.

It turns out finding someone would not be as easy as I first thought, some of the communities have little access to the internet but thankfully I found someone, Ben started B & B Craft & Recycling in 2002, working in the new South African tradition of making crafts from recycled materials such as discarded wire and tin cans gathered from taxi stands and bus stations. As the demand for the products he made grew, Ben, “the Can Man” started training apprentices in the art form of weaving tin, paying them a fair price for the products they produced. The training and production provides a sustainable income for a growing number of people in Cape Town.

So here is where our journey began, fair prices were agreed with Ben for all of his goods and we were off trading online and at shows around the UK, over the years we have found suppliers of other similar items from countries including India & Bali to name but a few, We always try to work directly with the artisans to be able to ensure that they are getting 100% of the price we pay and that it is always fair for them.

This will always be our policy moving forward and we are always looking for new and exciting items to offer our customers and in turn support even more communities and artisans, we are proud of what we have achieved so far and the continued support from our customers is what makes all of this possible.

And so to all of our customers past, Present & Future, Thank you.

*find us on instagram: modern_vintage_gift

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Shop members

  • Ryan Jones

    Owner, Customer Service, Marketer

    Stay at home father & owner of Modern Vintage, when not looking after the children and being a family man most of my time is spent fulfilling orders, co-designing products or finding exciting and unique new products for our customers.

  • Tracey Jones

    Assistant

    Tracey assists with packing orders and dealing with customers, she also screen prints our exclusive Modern Vintage tees

Production partners

  • A small family run business

    Indonesia

    A small family run business in Indonesia, as with all of our Hand made ranges, we ensure our artisans are paid a fair wage, all products are ethically traded.

  • Ben Ncube

    Cape Town, South Africa

    Ben Ncube started B & B Craft & Recycling in 2002 working in the new South African tradition of making crafts from recycled materials, As the demand for the products he made grew, Ben, “the Can Man” started training apprentices in the art form, paying them a fair price for the products they produce.

  • Design Clinic

    United Kingdom

    Small cold cast resign company based in the UK

  • Faisal Rizal

    Indonesia

    Faisal is a family man that makes highly detailed models in his spare time as a hobby, a recent partnership means we now work together to offer his work for sale to people across the world.

  • Manners Mukuwiri

    Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe

    Manners is an artist specializing in recycled art using beads, wire and aluminium cans, in his spare time he runs work shops teaching the local children his talented skills.

  • Medule

    Zimbabwe

    Medule is 39 and from Zimbabwe, we found her by working with another artisan from Zimbabwe - Manners Mukuwiri, they work together in the same arts center, Medule is fantastic and crochet and has found many recycled materials from which she can make some truly unique products.

  • Patrick Currier

    United Kingdom

    Our good friend and owner of Strange Clothing Co.

  • Small family run business

    Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

    working with the makers of these Tin Can Models to provide permanent full-time employment for the original craftsman, Huu Haan, plus permanent part- time employment for his daughter, Kim and three other skilled craftspeople.

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Last updated on 17 May, 2018
Seller details
Ryan Jones
36 Westfields
BUCKINGHAM, MK18 1DZ
United Kingdom