Is Lotus Sky fair trade?
Lotus Sky bracelets are 100% authentically handmade by the women of Lotus Sky. Therefore, unlike many "fair trade" companies, we are not resellers, but are the actual makers, designers, marketers, and sellers of our bracelets. This keeps you, the customer, connected directly to your artisans, without the need for middle-persons and third, fourth, or even fifth party dealers.
Even though we do not purchase our bracelets from a dealer or a group of contracted artisans, we adhere to fair trade principles in our business model. Unlike resellers, who have no control over who makes their bracelets and how much the artisans are paid, at Lotus Sky we are a part of the Fashion Revolution and invite you to know your makers. Because behind every bracelet is a face, a name, and a story!
At Lotus Sky, we believe that participation in the marketplace is power. This is why we believe in more than a living wage- we believe in a wage that allows Lotus Sky women to save money for their education, healthcare, and for their families, not just make ends meet!
We have a very thorough discussion of our unyielding commitment to ethical consumerism, so please check that out here. We also want you to know your makers, so please meet the Lotus Sky Core Team here.
With Lotus Sky, it is from our crochet needles directly to your wrists!
Do you take custom orders?
We are happy to take custom orders of any quantity and custom size! Whether you want one bracelet or one hundred, a children's collection designed uniquely for your boutique, or a color scheme that you know will have your customers obsessing, we'll get out our crochet needles and whip you up a collection made just for you!
If you want a wholesale collection in a hurry, we will ship directly to you from Nepal. Otherwise your custom bracelets will hop a ride with one of our scheduled collection shipments to the US. If you are based in the US, this will ensure you the incredibly affordable shipping rates of the United States Postal Service- no need to worry about international shipping fees! We generally ship our new collections out of Nepal about every 3 weeks!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your custom order!
I am a boutique looking to sell Lotus Sky bracelets. Do you offer wholesale rates?
Absolutely! The Lotus Sky Partners Program gives you the perfect opportunity to create collections for your store that you know your customers will love! When you partner with us, our goal is to be there for you every step of the way in creating collections- whether custom made, custom color schematized, or even custom sized. We offer an individualized, personal approach to bringing a product line into your business that will get your customers hooked and returning time and time again to build their collections. Lotus Sky bracelets are so addictive, they just about guarantee return business! And, best of all, we will crochet to order just for you, so you can design bracelets your customers will love!
Just hop on over to the Shop Wholesale section of our store to fill out the prospective buyers form. We'll get back to you within 24 hours!
To plan a custom collection, made just for you, email email@example.com
What are Lotus Sky Grab Bags? Should I expect to receive the exact same bracelets as are in the product listing images or different ones?
After we have completed all of our beadwork for the week, we assemble our Grab Bags in packs of 10 right here at the Studio in Kathmandu. Each grab bag is unique and chosen by a Lotus Sky girl! We try to make each collection special, with attention to color and pattern diversity and the inclusion of a few new designs created in the course of the week.
The images in the Grab Bag product listings are therefore just sample Grab Bags. While these collections are actual Grab Bags that have been created, it is unlikely that you’ll receive the same grab bag that we used for the product listing photos. One of the reasons the Grab Bags are so affordably priced is that we do not have to create individual product photos for each collection, along with a separate listing. This saves us a lot of time and resources- savings that we can pass along to you!
The Grab Bags are perfectly geared toward customers who are not super particular about the exact bracelets they will receive, but mainly interested in quickly and affordably building a large collection for personal wear, resale, or gift-giving.
If you prefer to choose your exact bracelets, we have a whole range of singles and smaller “as pictured” packs, in which the product photos exactly correspond to the bracelets you will receive! This is definitely the way to go if you want to plan your arm candy confection down to the last detail!
I don’t want to wait for my custom bracelets. Can I order directly from you in Nepal?
Absolutely! If you would like us to ship your custom collection just as soon as it is completed, we can ship directly to your doorstep from Nepal using our flat rate cargo service for $35 with online tracking. This flat rate applies to all bracelet orders in quantities of one bracelet all the way up to one hundred bracelets and typically takes between one to two weeks once shipped.
If you are interested in expedited service, we can arrange the fastest shipping out of Nepal via Fed-Ex, with a 4-5 business day service, and price dependent on bracelet quantity.
Will my bracelets be arriving to me from Nepal or from the US? How long does shipping take?
All bracelets posted on our web-shops are in the US and ready to be shipped to you domestically. As we complete each collection here at the Lotus Sky Studio in Kathmandu, Nepal, we first ship to our Lotus Sky girl in the US. Only once these bracelets have safely arrived in the US are they made live on our web-shop.
This means that you don’t have to worry at all about international shipping rates or times unless you have made a special custom order directly from Nepal. Once you select your bracelets, they will be shipped to you in 1-2 business days using the United States Postal Service and should arrive in your mailbox 2-3 business days following shipping.
All orders are sent with an online tracking number so that you can monitor your bracelets’ journey to your doorstep!
What size are your bracelets? Will they fit me?
Standard sized Lotus Sky bracelets are crocheted to an approximate length of 7 ¼ inches, so that they have an inside circumference of about 7 inches. 7 inches is the preferred bangle size for the vast majority of women.
Our bracelets are crocheted on cotton thread, so that they have a slight give to easily and comfortably roll over the largest part of the hand, while still resting perfectly right below the wrist bone.
We can always crochet custom bracelets- even if you only need one. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
If you are not quite sure that our standard sized bracelets will fit you, there are two helpful measurements:
If the length across the top of your hand, from your index finger knuckle to your pinkie knuckle is around 3 inches, our standard sized bracelets should easily roll over your hand.
If your wrist is anywhere between 5-6 inches around, our standard sized bracelets should also fit.
I am visiting Nepal. May I come visit the Lotus Sky Studio in Nepal?
Absolutely, yes! We are located in Boudhanath district of Kathmandu, a stop on many tours and a haven for trekkers before and after their climb. Just email email@example.com to arrange your visit.
May I volunteer with the Lotus Sky Nepal Earthquake Relief Team?
We definitely understand and appreciate the motivation to come to Nepal to work with earthquake relief efforts! Lotus Sky has dedicated our relief efforts to the village of Raniban, about 4 hours down the mountainside from Nagarkot. This place was hit extremely hard by all of the earthquakes, landslides, and rainstorms that have been pummeling the region. Reaching Raniban continues to be treacherous, with deaths occurring regularly on the path to the village due to aftershocks and landslides. Therefore, all members of the Lotus Sky Relief Team operate on a strictly volunteer basis, at our own personal risk. We cannot assume responsibility for volunteers from abroad. We do encourage you to find aid organizations with established connections on the ground in Nepal and donate to them in whatever way possible!
I don’t see my question listed here. How can I contact you?
Please send all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org! Thanks so much!