Our Story

WHO WE ARE

MINNA is a certified B Corp located in Upstate New York that designs and creates ethically handmade homewares in collaboration with artisans groups throughout Latin America.

Our Story

Hudson, NY

We are a queer led business which informs our approach to just about everything we do. We believe in creating beautiful, ethically made products and using business to do good.

MINNA was founded by Sara Berks in 2013 in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Hudson, NY in 2016, where our storefront and studio are now located.

We work collaboratively to create multipurpose products by partnering with master artisans in Central and South America which ensures craft preservation and job creation in these regions. Our patterns, colors, and textures are meant to be mixed, matched, and layered for today’s modern home. Designs are informed and inspired by Feminist art, the Bauhaus, traditional craft, and vintage textiles.

The name MINNA comes from Sara’s maternal grandmother’s name, dropped upon her arrival to the United States from Germany in 1940. Sara loved this story: nostalgic with a touch of rebellion.

Our shop and studio is found on land that is part of unceded territory belonging to the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of the Mohican Nation.

How We Work
Our Values
[1]

Honest

We believe in creating a world where transparency, accountability, and vulnerability are the norm. Sustainable change is a process. We believe in acknowledging when we are wrong and are dedicated to do our part in learning how we can continue to do better.

[2]

Intentional

We think of our work as a place where home and values can meet. We care about the impact of our intentions. Every decision we make as a business prioritizes people and the planet. From the materials we use to how we create, we are in a state of continual improvement. Because progress is a process.

[3]

Human

We consider the human at every step. MINNA is a queer led business which informs our approach to just about everything we do. We care deeply about building relationships rooted in mutual respect and nurturing an inclusive community dedicated to challenging injustices both locally and globally.

Our Team

Sara Berks
Founder & CEO
She/Her
Halee Hastad
Retail Manager
She/her
Yael Rose
Operations Manager
She/Her
Claire Shearburn
Retail Associate
She/Her
Sam Tannenbaum
Product Manager
They/Them
Soba
Studio Pup
She/Her

Advisors

Amy Chender
Advisor, Former COO at ABC Carpet & Home
She/Her
Holly Howard
Advisor
She/Her
Guillermo Macias
Advisor, Artisan Sector Mexico
He/Him

THE FOUNDER

About Sara

Meet Sara, the founder and CEO behind MINNA.  With a background in Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts in NYC, Sara left her digital design path in 2013 to focus on her art practices: weaving and painting. A self taught weaver, she wove every original MINNA piece until 2015. After beginning to explore artisan production with two trips to Mexico and Guatemala, the artisan collection was born out of a belief that it’s possible to use design to create a positive impact and use business to do good. 

Interested in speaking with Sara? She is available for consulting and loves to support young entrepreneurs and businesses within the artisan sector.

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Our Artisan Partners

The skilled artisans we partner with our the true heart of MINNA.

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