was indeed intrigued by the inward purity of Chandler Hamilton, founder of the non-profit artisan production and training center, Haiti Design Co. “We are all connected. We need each other.” Chandelier made a powerful statement in her interview with Forbes in 2016 about her deep mission to help lighten the load of the brothers and sisters of Haiti.
Today, after seven years since founding the company in 2014 based in Port au Prince, Haiti., Chandelier and her husband are still rising to champion the people and the planet while creating business opportunities for the local community for the social good. They believe that marriage of design and meaningful purpose will give a great value in the rippling effect towards the economic development of Haiti, considering the poverty rate of nearly 60 percent in 2020, compared to the last official national estimate of 58.5 percent in 2012. About two-thirds of the poor live in rural areas.
Nevertheless, Haiti Design Co sees glimmers of hope in the people making beautiful objects out of stone, metal, wood, paper, and bone with creative artisan. They have opened doors for sustainable development with more job creations, providing training and expression through designs. Haiti Design Co has initiated two programs, namely the “in-house training and development” for personal growth and leadership. While the “Artisan Entrepreneur Program” will help with business training and resources needed to be successful entrepreneurs. They also of their wellness program focusing on the health and well-being of their designers and makers.
From jewelry, handbags, and homewares, every piece is carefully designed for both men and women. They also craft leather goods. You can expect durable, full-grain, and even vegetable-tanned leather that is primarily sourced from a family-owned tannery within the country, and the group specializes in durable, full-grain, and vegetable-tanned leather. When it comes to jewelry, my favorite is the Katya Leather Earrings. Their signature leather earrings express the geometric art for the ears. It is also ultra-lightweight.
Ethical fashion is a recognition that there are human beings behind the clothes we wear. “At Haiti Design Co, the products you purchase are not just made by one individual, but a team of people working together for their future.” Not only can you express your unique fashion statement for yourself, but also make small contributions that collectively give significant value to the local community to improve their livelihood from struggles. This is the best time to support the people of Haiti by inspiring them to express their creativity to do what they love.