In Mexico a mercado, or mercadito, is a place where several merchants gather to sell their products. Lolo is a Modern Mexican Mercadito that gathers in one place different high-quality products representing the great cultural richness of our country. We represent Mexico through its customs, gastronomy, arts and handcrafts with products that denote the avant-garde of contemporary Mexican culture while at the same time preserving the artisanal and traditional identity of our country.
Lolo works to offer a comprehensive, hand-picked collection of high-quality products and a personalized shopping experience that speak for all that is Mexico. The vendors that we work with, the same as all Mexicans, come from different backgrounds. Some of them are positioned brands, others are emerging designers, others small group of artisans from indigenous backgrounds, and some a mix of these.
As a socially responsible business, we are aware of the history behind marginalized communities in Mexico and implement Fair Trade when necessary, to the best of our ability and learning. Right now what that means is that, when feasible, we opt to work with cooperativas (autonomous associations who set their own prices willingly and democratically); we pay 100% of the asking price to the artisans, it is only after this that we add shipping, exporting and other costs; we do not ask nor approve of mass production on artisanal products; we never interfere with their production process, pricing of products, and community needs without being asked; and, lastly, we establish a personal relationship of trust and communication with the artisans to know if there is any other way in which we can help (as we would a family member or a close friend). As a small, family owned business, we are still learning by trial and error but always with our humanity on the front line. If you have any questions or would like to continue this conversation, feel free to contact us.