WHO WE ARE
Bossa Mar is an artisan-made, contemporary wooden jewelry brand. Our products are ethically crafted with responsibly sourced wood by artisans in Costa Rica.
WHY WE DO THIS
Costa Rica has historically been a beacon of hope and peace in a region marked by turmoil and violence. However, things have been changing in the past couple of decades, unfortunately for the worse. Inequality has been on the rise, unemployment has skyrocketed to 12%, and about a quarter of the population is in poverty.
All this was causing a lot of concern to our founders, Gabriel and Melissa, who were born and raised in Costa Rica and had recently moved to the US. During one of their trips to Costa Rica, they met a family of artisanal woodworkers and learned that, despite their talent, they were struggling to sell their handcrafted products; they were competing with mass-produced goods that were cheaper and faster to make.
This sparked an idea for Gabriel and Melissa: What if they could help Costa Rican artisans make a living by selling their goods abroad?
PRODUCTION & DESIGN
Bossa Mar products are crafted from responsibly sourced wood, acquired primarily from re-purposed wood or from trees that been deemed suitable for felling, having minimal impact on the environment.
We work with artists who use many traditional wood carving techniques while leveraging technology to take jewelry design to the next level. The result is an eclectic collection of versatile pieces that can enhance any wardrobe.
Our mission is to help artisans earn a stable income, starting with the talented woodworkers in Costa Rica. By purchasing their goods, we are supporting these family-owned businesses. In turn, they’re able to hire more artists, creating more jobs in their own community. It’s a ripple effect that we hope will spread as our business continues to grow.
We love our products and what we stand for — and we hope that you do, too!