About DV

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DISTANT VILLAGE is an award-winning sustainable design and production firm producing handmade packaging and products from natural materials by best-in-class fair trade artisans.


  • We follow a human-centered approach to creating win-win opportunities for our clients artisans, staff,and all whom we touch.
  • We make extra efforts to preserve natural resources in everything we do, inside our company and in all the products we design and produce.
  • We are motivated to enable, develop, and support artisans and authentic producers of sustainable and natural materials, especially in economically isolated regions around the world.
  • We behave in a kind, fair and reasonable manner, and seek clients, partners, artisans, and all whom we interact with to be kind, fair, and reasonable.
  • We identify new ways to serve and support people and our world everyday to make it a better place and produce amazing product and packaging experiences that excite and impress.
  • We design and create unforgettable authentic sustainable brand experiences.


Our Approach

The key to brand success is quality design. Quality design comes from a careful review of brand and it’s sustainable life. We seek to develop a sustainable life cycle from raw materials to production to primary purpose and on-going lives and reapplications. Our solutions are designed to be useful for multiple functions, and if they are disposed they’re designed and produced to be low-impact and sustainable.

Rich Cohen, Founder

“Handmade production liberates designs to precisely synchronize with intended brand experiences. Beyond the confining limitations of production machines, and embracing authentic sustainable resources, truly innovative design flourishes to create compelling and memorable experiences. Kind capitalism and authentic sustainable practices is the master of this century.”

Our production capacity is quite large. Hundreds of thousands (yes, 100,000’s) of items can be developed by handcrafted artisans due to our unique approach of aggregated distributed production with best-in-class artisan communities.

We proudly provide small to large companies with their production needs.


Highlights & Accolades

“Best Eco-CSR Program of the Year”, Department of Trade and Industry,
Philippines, Awarded November, 2010
“Most Innovative 3S Program”, Global Sourcing Council, Awarded February, 2011
Cover Story on Package Design Magazine, December 2010
Best Green Packaging, Health and Beauty Association (HBA), 2008
Chicago Fair Trade member since 2010
Green America member since 2007


The Distant Village Story

Richard Cohen founded Distant Village in July 2000. Having established work experience in international business, strategy, and technology, Mr. Cohen – a seasoned traveler to more than 50 countries – developed exclusive relationships with the world’s finest artisans of hand-made packaging. We strive to create mutually beneficial relationships throughout the global community through fair and ethical business practices. We hope to create benefits for our customers by introducing them to truly innovative branded packaging solutions; for the Distant Village team with enriching and rewarding opportunity; and for global communities with profit-sharing support.

The Global Community and Distant Village

Distant Village is an integral partner within the Global Community in which it operates. We strive to support our community members. We are committed to donate a portion of our profits towards organizations that contribute toward the progress and betterment of developing nation communities.

Authentic Products

Our artisans and designers work closely to explore completely new packaging concepts. Cacao paper, wild grass paper, flower seed paper, and innovative design solutions to intelligently reduce carbon footprints are some ways we innovate and lead. Sustainability and innovative design co-exist here.  We design to inspire and drive a new energy, something that is impressive and intriguing through good design and innovative concepts.

Our Mission

We are working hard toward the goal of being the world’s premier provider of authentic sustainable natural products. We will provide our customers with high-quality products. We will provide excellent and responsive customer service. We will leverage proven technology and process improvement to establish efficient and effective operations. We will create respectful relationships with our customers, suppliers, and Distant Village team. We strive to bring more awareness of and support to the developing communities we work within.

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