My profession of faith

August 31, 2018

Hello, my name is Francis Rozange. I am the soul of this site. As you know, our marketplace is intended for artists and craftsmen, in particular those who know nothing about the Internet, these millions of people around the world who produce untraceable masterpieces that we will put online to them. place where appropriate, without being asked for any subscription or advertisement. It is that even a few cents with uncertain results represents a fortune for most of the inhabitants of this planet.

This ambitious, deeply human and ethical project was born from the conjunction of several factors. In 2013, when I visited Thailand with my wife, pregnant with our first child (Jasper, the most adorable of all children on earth) I realized that almost nothing of their huge production was available. online. It was a real surprise: As a good Western Amazon customer, I naively thought that almost the entire planet was available online, but nothing could be further from the truth. I then had a few small things imported, for a fairly modest amount, less than a thousand euros, through a Thai freight forwarder who theoretically took care of everything. The reality was a nightmare, with charges of two thousand euros.

This sad observation is valid everywhere. You will find a Moroccan tea set in a big city stall or online, but certainly not a camel bone pistol or dagger made by a local craftsman. As for asking them, lost in the middle of the desert, if they have a website on which to order their works? No one would dare, for fear of attracting mockery and total incomprehension.

The second factor is much more terrifying, it is a statistic: an American study estimates that 40% of jobs will have disappeared within thirty years, at all levels of society: if workers were the first affected by robotization, doctors and lawyers will not be spared either by the progress of artificial intelligence, which has already divided by fifty the number of traders in large companies.

This frightening development requires us to find solutions for our children upstream. Leave them at least something, after having almost destroyed the planet. We are moving towards a class of hyper-rich - already 1% of the population owns 82% of the wealth - and a class of hyper-poor. Between the two ? nothing more, almost total disappearance of the middle and upper classes. How to avoid this shameful fate? by returning to the fundamentals, by encouraging what is unique in human beings: their creativity. Go back to the 19 th century, when you ordered a work of art or a piece of furniture from a merchant in your town. We can, to a certain extent, find this lost paradise thanks to the Internet. By offering online, on a worldwide scale, a production as rare as it is local, we encourage artisanal work which will see its turnover increase considerably. They will need apprentices, pass on ancestral knowledge, and create jobs where robots can never replace them.

All over the internet you will find items that are falsely handcrafted or worse yet, in more than questionable conditions. You may have already ordered an item online from a "craftsman" that he will actually have made in Pakistan or China, sometimes even by children, and almost always under excruciating conditions. We will make sure that they cannot sell with us. I owe it to my children, and to yours.


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