Every year, H Project — our unique in-store shop filled with remarkable socially responsible pieces — showcases a distinct culture and celebrates global artisans. This year, Alexandra Weston, Director of Brand Strategy and the driving force behind H Project, traveled with her team to Africa. Over their two-week journey through Rwanda, Kenya and the Maasai Mara, the group visited with local artisans, practised their traditional techniques and hand selected items to be included in our Uncrate Africa boutique. From handcrafted horns and beaded jewellery to vibrant textiles, our 360-degree approach to ethical goods incorporates fairly-sourced local materials, traditional methods and indigenous craftspeople.
To help highlight the products included in the Uncrate Africa capsule collection, our H Project team partnered with renowned tastemakers. Jodie and Danielle Snyder (the sister-act designer-duo behind cult jewellery brand DANNIJO) Amanda Weiner, (Senior Accessories Editor at Harper’s Bazaar), Waris Ahluwalia (designer and actor), Leandra Medine (fashion blogger behind Man Repeller), Lauren Bush Lauren (CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects), John Forté (Grammy-nominated recording artist, composer, music producer and activist), Olivia Chantecaille (Creative Director of Chantecaille) and Aurora James (Creative Director of Brother Vellies) all help us showcase the collection below.
Watch our exclusive behind-the-scenes video.
Holt Renfrew’s H Project, a shop of extraordinary products with extraordinary stories, brings you Uncrate Africa. We took a journey into Africa to discover unique products and unparalleled partnerships, all in support of humanity and habitat throughout the continent.
A selection of our extraordinary products and their extraordinary stories.
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DANNIJO X INDEGO AFRICA
Proceeds from this exclusive, handcrafted collection, inspired by the beauty of Rwanda, provide educational opportunities for the female artisans who crafted the pieces. Exclusively at Holt Renfrew’s H Project shops.
Founded by Liya Kebede, the line aims to strengthen the Ethiopian manufacturing industry to inspire economic independence and preserve the art of weaving while providing job opportunities.
Employing traditional craftsmanship handed down through generations, this Kenyan jewellery collection tells the stories of lives positively changed by sustainable employment, training and education.
Handmade in Ethiopia using traditional weaving techniques, the Lalibela Scarf benefits the artisans who make it. All net proceeds provide education for children in Ethiopia through imagine1day and the Just Imagine Foundation.
THE BASE PROJECT
Up-cycled bracelets hand-carved from discarded plastic pipes, the pieces mimic bone and horn, and are made by artisan communities in Namibia and provide income for families, school fees, health care and food.
Handmade in South Africa, Kenya and Namibia using techniques refined over many generations. A portion of proceeds from sales goes towards educating children in South Africa. Desert boots and minis are exclusively at Holt Renfrew’s H Project shops.
Handcrafted jewellery by a number of small family-run artisan businesses based out of Nairobi for international fashion brands, designers and retailers.
ME TO WE
Employing more than 1,000 women full-time in Kenya who are working towards financial independence through a sustainable source of income. Exclusively at Holt Renfrew’s H Project shops.
Providing financial support to the Obakki Foundation, which applies 100% of donations to charitable initiatives, like providing over 400 wells in Africa to bring drinking water to more than 500,000 people.
In partnership with the Ethical Fashion Initiative, proceeds from these bracelets are returned to artisans, enabling them to expand their capacities. True to the EFI’s philosophy, “not charity, just work.” Exclusive to Holt Renfrew’s H Project shops.
Founded by Lauren Bush Lauren in 2007, FEED contributes to providing food and nutrition programs around the world. The sale of each FEED 2 Kenya Bag provides meals to two children in Kenya for one year.
FAR & WIDE COLLECTIVE
Connecting talented artisans in post-conflict and developing economies with buyers across North America. Artisans in Swaziland reimagine recycled paper into beaded necklaces and in Tanzania, harness traditional maasai beading techniques.
ROSE & FITZGERALD
Based in Kampala, Uganda, this husband-and-wife duo work with local master hand-craftsmen to create beautiful pieces that blend traditional techniques with indigenous materials.
MADE WITH LOVE
Made by a women’s co-operative in Djenné, Mali, these recycled rubber bracelets are a means of support for the women who make them and raise funds for L’Empire des Enfants, a centre for homeless children in Dakar, Senegal.