Mary acquired an established local business (Finca El Monte) in Buckingham on Christmas Eve 2015.
The shop is located within an area of Buckingham known as "The Hidden Quarter".
The previous owners of Finca El Monte, Claire and Mark, worked with six different small family companies in various areas of Spain to develop their ceramic ranges, all of which are made and painted by hand by the latest in a long line of artisans. Claire & Mark personally know all of the Spanish suppliers by name and Mary hopes to continue working with them well into the future, bringing new ranges out each year and adding new family businesses from time to time.
Finca El Monte is also collaborating with various Fairtrade Co-operatives around the world to bring you beautiful, colourful handcrafted textiles, jewellery, bags and accessories, hand-blown glassware, hand-painted tiles, carved wood and more.
We buy only from companies who pay fair wages and provide safe working conditions for their workers. Most also pay fees for their workers children to go to school, and health insurance for their whole family. In the developing world this is invaluable for building the communities of the future.
By buying from Finca El Monte you are helping to keep age old crafts alive and making a brighter, more colourful world for us all, so thank you!