10 Picks from H Project's Uncrate Africa

Each year H Project creates a shop-within-a-shop at Holt Renfrew. This year they're featuring ethically made and sourced items from Africa. Here are 10 items on our shopping list.

Alexandra Weston, Holt Renfrew's director of brand strategy, travelled through Africa for two weeks to hand-select items for H Project's Uncrate Africa.

Photographs courtesy of H Project

H Project was launched in 2013 and is lead by Alexandra Weston, Holt Renfrew's director of brand strategy.

For two months each year H Project creates a store-within-a-store at Holt Renfrew featuring beautiful fashion, housewares, cosmetics and textiles that support the culture, crafts and artisans from a specific region.

Weston and her team travelled to Africa through Rwanda, Kenya and the Maasai Mara for two weeks to hand-select items to be included in this year's capsule collection. They sourced exquisite items such as handcrafted horns, beaded jewellery and vibrant textiles. 

All items sold at the shop are ethically made from fairly sourced local materials using traditional methods by indigenous craftspeople.

Here are 10 of our favourite items, all of which were launched at Holt Renfrew's Calgary location on April 1.


Base Project bracelets, $28 to $60. These up-cycled bracelets are hand-carved by artisan communities in Namibia from discarded plastic pipes, providing income for families, school fees, health care and food

Ziya Kenya Moon Ring, $38 (brass) $115 (gold).

Brother Vellies Neon Toe Cap Minis, $90. These desert boots for tots (adult versions are also available) are handmade in South Africa, Kenya and Namibia using techniques refined over generations. A portion of the proceeds from sales goes towards educating children in South Africa.

Dannijo X Indego Africa apron, $88. Proceeds from this handcrafted collection, which was inspired by Rwanda, provide educational opportunities for the female artisans who created the pieces.

Far & Wide Collective basket, $200. Far & Wide Collective connects artisans in post-conflict developing economies with buyers across North America.

FEED Heritage Makindu Bag, $360. Founded in 2007 by Lauren Bush Lauren, FEED contributes to providing food and nutritional programs around the world.

Lalesso Mashua dress, $380. Lalesso is a luxury African fashion brand that supports entirely transparent, sustainable, eco and ethical production facilities in Kenya and South Africa.

LemLem Tinish Gauze Hoodie, $330. LemLem, founded by Liya Kebede, aims to strengthen the Ethiopian manufacturing industry.

Otago Bottle, set of 3, $225.

Made Boho Bead necklace, $100. Made is a fair-trade jewellery line that promotes traditional craftsmanship, sustainable employment, training and education.

Holt Renfrew, 8 Ave. S.W., 403-269-7341, holtrenfrew.com

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