@haitidesignco // Haiti
Haiti Design Co-op was born from the desire to produce quality handicraft goods that would appeal to an international market not solely because they were made in Haiti, but also because they were well-designed.
We prefer to focus on quality over quantity when it comes to relationships with employees, and design. We began in 2014 with a sewing and jewelry program employing forty women. We have since added on a leather program and started working with teams of community artisans specializing in other goods such as weaving, metal work, aluminum casting, and horn and bone shaping. We currently have sixty artisans in house, and are working with over twenty in the community.
The mantra around the workshop is “MEN ANPIL, CHAY PA LOU”, an old Haitian proverb meaning “MANY HANDS MAKE THE LOAD LIGHT”
I love the Juliette tote because it is so versatile. It can be worn as a cross body or backpack. It is made out of vegetable tanned leather, which will age beautifully over time. It has solid brass hardware and hand stitched detailing. And even more so, I love that this bag represents the heart behind the leader of our leather program.
The toiletry case is also a favorite of mine that has been really popular. I use these little guys for everything, they are so handy to keep all little nick knacks organized and not lost in my big tote bags.
We believe in creating products with soul; products that connect consumer with the creator. Many of our products are named after the family members or children of the artisans. Our Juliette tote is named after the daughter of our head leather artisan, Cenise.