Nest is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) building a new handworker* economy to generate global workforce inclusivity, improve women’s wellbeing beyond factories, and preserve cultural traditions.

*Handworker: n. a person who works with her or his hands, in contrast to using a machine exclusively (related terms include: artisan, craftsperson, maker, homeworker, manual laborer)


St. Roche is a member of NEST, which has enabled us to measure the social impact of working with artisans to inform design decisions.

Reasons why we choose to work with artisans and are a member of NEST:

  • There are 35 million homeworkers in the global garment industry
  • Craft is the 2nd largest employer of women in emerging economies
  • The new NEST standards and seal certification is helping to make this work viable and safe
  • Shared impact metrics (cumulative impact of St. Roche and other brands working with NEST globally and directly with connected artisans)
  • Direct impact: Money paid for handwork goes largely towards worker wages, as opposed to machine purchases, energy costs and interest payments


Using artisans makes a difference




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