Meet the Maker: Apolis

Rachel/January 25, 2013

The 9th installment of our Meet the Maker series brings brothers Raan and Shea Parton, founders of Apolis, and their traveling Nomad Market installation here to Richmond, Virginia.

Apolis began in 2004 with the simple idea that people can live better lives if they are given equal access to opportunity. It is built by a small group of social entrepreneurs who believe that the most valuable practice in creating lasting change is by investing in people.


The Parton brothers’ extensive travel has immersed them in personal stories of struggle and survival that inspired them to create a business model that bridges commerce and microeconomic development. Apolis partners with manufacturers from places like Peru, Uganda and Bangladesh, but remains supporting the local economy as well, with 60 percent of products crafted within ten miles of the Apolis headquarters in Los Angeles, California.


By co-creating products with manufacturers, Apolis empowers the people and directly allows the market to determine the future of each individual item. This model of “advocacy through industry” is hands-on, providing opportunity and commonality between currencies, flags, languages and people. The Parton’s have designed their business to make a social impact, and we’re proud to be supporting the cause.

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The Apolis Nomad Market is a traveling installation that presents product collection, stories, and films from Apolis Global. The Nomad Market will open in our brick and mortar store on Friday, February 8th. Join us for our Meet the Maker event with Raan and Shea from 6-8pm, learn more about the Apolis mission, the Nomad Market, and enjoy food, drinks and giveaways.


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