Who We Are
Who You Are
Authenticity | Collaboration | Quality | Sustainability | Timelessness | Transparency
In a culture of comparison, we strive to stay true to ourselves, and encourage you to do the same. We are a brand with an American founder and designer working with makers in East Africa. Those complex, dual identities inform everything we do.
Not only does this mean that we collaborate from within, but that means we welcome and seek out diverse voices. We are a brand that values learning from people who are different than us, working with people who are different from us, and believe we are at our collective best when we are in diverse communities.
We strive to provide you the highest quality products both by utilizing quality materials as well as by working with artisans who are experts at their craft. We want your AA pieces to last.
We strive to look at our approach to business through the lens of sustainability. We believe that starts with how we treat people and is followed up with how we treat the planet. Following fair trade principles, engaging in issues of justice locally and globally, and intentional choice of materials are all part of this practice.
In addition to your pieces standing the test of time in terms of quality, we also strive to bring you pieces that transcend trends. As sustainability is ever on our minds, we want you to love our pieces for years rather than having to constantly replace them.
In everything we do, we strive to run our business with as much transparency as possible. We can only do better if we know better, and we can only know better if we’re honest about how we do things.
We partner with extremely skilled artisans in Kenya and Tanzania. Every part of our supply chain is important to us, and we are very proud that all of our materials, from the brass hardware to the leather are both locally and ethically sourced. No animals were harmed or killed for fashion, as we only use leather that is a byproduct of the meat industry, an integral part of the local economy. We partner with local tanneries in Nairobi who pay their workers fairly as well. Because of this, we often end up paying more for leather than other companies, but this is something we feel very strongly about!