HAITI | Jewelry, accessories and homewares
Years after a family connection took Emma Allen to Haiti, she turned her experience as an accessories designer to the aid of artisans there. In collaboration with a Port-au-Prince workshop run by Chandler and Josh Busby, Allen designs a line of products which utilise the local artisans' existing skills and make the most of available resources. The name was extracted from a phrase appearing on the Haitian flag: L'Union Fait La Force — Strength in Unity.
The line now comprises bags and purses, jewelry, homewares and even a couple of toys, in materials ranging from leather to linen to horn. Much of the production is done by hand, with machine processing used where needed and available.