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About Us - Debra and Rick Fey
An unlikely chance meeting of an auto mechanic originally from Kenya and an Atlanta couple resulted in a decades-long friendship and created an opportunity to offer the unique and beautiful handcrafted jewelry, purses, sculptures and home accessories which you will see on this site.
We also offer many certified fair-trade items from countries all over the world, and we continue to expand. These cooperatives help support the artists, their families and the community at large. These cooperatives ensure that the artist receives a fair wage for their work. So, look for the “Certified fair trade” logo on many of our items and you can be assured that your purchase benefitted the artist directly.
We hope you will appreciate the artistry that goes into each item. Global artists utilize materials and resources that are available to them, with incredible results. You will be impressed with the use of horn and bone, wood and metal, hemp, sisal and leather, stone and bead, coconut and recycled glass.
In the fall of 2011 we moved from Atlanta to Mentone, Alabama – a scenic community on top of Lookout Mountain – and we brought with us a fledging business called The Graceful Giraffe. In the spring of 2013 we opened our shop in the heart of Mentone and expanded our offerings to include items from all parts of Africa as well as many other countries as well, providing a truly global shopping experience.
But Mentone is a community full of artists, too, and we opened our hearts and our shop to a number of truly excellent local artists, and you will get to know these artists and see some of their work on this web site as well.
So, plan to browse and say awhile at The Graceful Giraffe – on line or at our shop in beautiful Mentone.
The Graceful Giraffe
Handcrafted Treasures by Local and Global Artisans
6061 Highway 117, Mentone, Alabama
Debra Fey: 404.630.2918