The people who buy our products are more than just “customers”. They are friends of the Shatila Studio. Given this special status, we believe that you have the right to understand our business.
Here is how we price our items:
All our artisans – including our tailors – are paid by the piece, regardless if we manage to sell the piece or not.
We calculate the variable cost of a product by adding up material costs and labour charges. Then we double that figure to cover our running costs – which includes Niveen’s, Boushra’s and Fatimah’s salaries. It also covers the rent of the building, the electricity, the wifi and similar services. Then we add a 10% profit margin. All our profits are fed back into Shatila Studio in order to allow the company to grow.
Even though Shatila is a refugee camp, all inhabitants, including our artisans and employees, have to pay rent, water, electricity, gas, wifi – just like anywhere else ( you can see a breakdown of these costs here) In short: it is our responsibility to ensure that they are paid adequately for their work – just like anywhere else.
Here is a price breakdown for our products:
Shatila Story Collection
The Watan Tote Bag: Material £10.66 | Labour £25 | Our Price £79
The Watan Bucket Bag: Material £14.95 | Labour £86.54 | Our Price £220
Adam & Shatha Jacket: Material £45.63 | Labour £31.47 | Our Price £169
Newal Bag: Material £13 | Labour £15.73 | Our Price £63
‘Ada Key Shirt: Material £16 | Labour £19.67 | Our Price £77
Shatha Dress: Material £46.5 | Labour £31.48 | Our Price £171.50
Jafra Doll: Material £4.7 | Labour £10.75 | Our Price £35
Small Pouches: Material £4.72 | Labour £4.32 | Our Price £20
Shatila Shirt: Material £14.14 | Labour £14.67 | Our Price £66
Love & Respect T-Shirt: Material £7 (cotton), £11.50 (bamboo) | Labour £0.5 | Our Price: £35 | Note: A bigger profit margin has been added to this T-Shirt to boost our growth.
Wire Tote: Material £2 | Labour £6.85 | Our Price £20
Shatila Stories book (English & Arabic): £3 of each copy goes to the authors | 50p goes to the Lebanese NGO Basmeh & Zeitooneh.
Niveen Shopper: Material £4.48 | Labour £28.32 | Our Price £71
Niveen Tote Bag: Material £3.85 | Labour £17.85 | Our Price £47
Niveen Pouches: Material £1.77 | Labour £7.63 | Our Price £22
Niveen Glasses Case: Material £1.77 | Labour 3.85 | Our Price £13
When we quote you for a bespoke order, we will be equally transparent about our pricing.