- About Us
100% handmade 100% latin american 100% fair trade
The Toucan Shop imports directly from artisans in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Mexico and Guatemala to Australia.
Our aim is to support these small groups of artisans to maintain their traditional cultures.
Everything we stock is hand made and supporting fair trade.
We aim to maintain the highest level of quality control for all our products.
The Toucan Shop was founded in 2004 by Marvin and Anne whilst they were living in Costa Rica.
Marvin is Costa Rican born and bred. He is an agronomist and very proud of his Latin roots. His grandfather was an artisan and he has early memories of his wood-carving pieces which supported his family.
Anne is Australia born and bred. She is a scientist (geophysicist and marine biologist) who has a passion for nature and all things handmade.
Whilst living in Costa Rica, Marvin, Anne and their children made many trips around Costa Rica and throughout the neighbouring countries of Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala looking for handmade treasures.
They built a network of suppliers throughout Central America. They made many amicable relationships with the artisans with whom they communicate and collaborate with regularly. They always pay the price asked by the artisans without haggling. This allows artisans to pay for materials and labour as well as improving their quality of life.
The Toucan Shop is fully committed to fair trade principles.