I recently received an email from Amy at Hiro and Wolf to ask if I would like to post about them. I immediately loved their ethical jewellery for its contemporary style and natural look. I was also really interested to hear the the story behind the brand. Amy has kindly offered a 15% discount for readers on jewellery in their Etsy shop with the discount code ETHICALBLOG15 until 30th April.
I have already decided to take advantage of with some birthday money that my mum has promised me tommorrow. I can think of so many outfits that I could wear the necklace pictured above with.
And so onto to the story behind the brand…
Amy and Bee founders of the brand met whilst walking their dogs in London Fields, a patch of green in East London (hence the name Hiro and Wolf, their dogs!). Bee has a background in Events and fashion retail and many years experience working on craft development in South Africa whilst Amy is a London College of Fashion graduate and accessories designer. In May 2012 following a 5 week product development adventure to Kenya, sleeping under the stars and being savaged by mosquitoes, Hiro and Wolf was born.
The brand creates beautiful jewellery and some very stylish pet products in Bombolulu Workshop in Kenya run by the Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya, a non profit organisation. Also a member of WFTO (World Fair Trade Organisation), this organisation runs 4 workshops in Kenya with 150 skilled artisans producing a range of jewellery, textile and leather products. They workshops help to improve the lives of disabled people in Kenya giving them a safe haven and also providing sheltered housing to the craftspeople who choose to live on site as well as support to those who live outside.
Whilst many of us will imagine luxurious beach and nature reserve resorts when we think of Kenya, the reality for many people living there is very different. For many of the communities the money from the tourist industry has little impact and they live in relative poverty. The Association for the Physically Disabled helps residents to overcome their physical limitations and empowers them socially and economically to become fully integrated members of their communities.
The workshops at Bombolulu are a hive of activity with strips of brass being coiled, cast, cut and hammered, large reclaimed tree trunks (the wood is Neem – a sustainable locally-sourced wood) and boxes of treated bone (a by-product of the meat industry) being turned into delicate shapes and sewing machines whirring to turn colourful kitenge fabric is stitched into the fun ribbon-tie pouches.
What do you think? What would you wear this jewellery with?
With warmest wishes
Ceri xPin It