By Shea & Raan Parton
Photos by Duncan Wolfe, Jeff Clark, Bonnie Tsang, Rob Kulisek, Becky Trejo, Brock Sanders, Benito Quiñonez, Neph Trejo, Augusto Piccio IV, Sherman Thomas, Rachel Murray for Getty Images, Chivas Regal, and Apolis
We are humbled and grateful for all of the support we have received in 2015 and want to take this opportunity to thank all the Apolis supporters who made 2015 our best year to date.
Apolis is a multifaceted business focused on global brick & mortar retail, our online store, and advocacy impact. On the retail side of our business this year, we established a brick and mortar presence in Berkley, Venice & Santa Barbara with our traveling installation, Apolis: Nomad Market, which allows us to share Apolis products with new audiences and continue to empower communities worldwide. We continue to capitalize on our first regional space, Apolis: Common Gallery, and hosted six gatherings in the last twelve months in Los Angeles’ Arts District. At these gatherings, we listened to the tunes of a Grammy nominee Cuban pianist, assisted men in our local community with a Valentine's flower shop, we celebrated a new issue of GOOD magazine, we hosted our retail partner with the release of our job-creation initiative in Japan, we were inspired by leaders in the innovation space, and we got schooled on the importance of hospitality and service.
In 2015, we launched the world's first designer and artisan collaborative marketplace called Global Citizen Exchange. With this new project in Mexico and our existing artisan projects, we continue to apply our model of “Advocacy through Industry” to ensure workers are provided a living wage, that local materials are used in production, and wider development goals including improved health and education are pursued. Our advocacy model continues to be refined thanks to our BCorp certification.
Once again, a - sincere - thanks to everyone who made 2015 our best year to date. We plan to accomplish even more in 2016 and deepen our commitment to our mission of empowering communities worldwide.
Read our detailed reflections on 2015: "3 Lessons Learned"