We are far more than a jewelry, gifts, and home goods company. We are a Fair Trade company focused on bringing beautifully handcrafted African products to the U.S. while positively changing the lives of the hard-working artisans who create them.
Founded in 2011 by Harriet Zaffoni, Harkiss Designs works directly with 11 east African artisans who employ hundreds of craftsmen and women to translate designs into handcrafted one-of-a-kind items sold online and through various retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Each item sold by Harkiss Designs is meticulously crafted in east Africa (Uganda & Kenya), Harriet’s native countries, by these talented men and women who are responsible for supporting their entire families using the skills obtained through generation to generation.
Doing Good While Creating Beauty
Born and raised in Uganda, Harriet saw first-hand the effects of poverty and the subordination of women. These experiences molded her into becoming the entrepreneurial humanitarian she is today. Through a percentage of Harkiss Designs sales and the generous support of donors, more than $200k has been raised for Lend A Hand Uganda – USA (LAHU-USA), an organization focused on improving the lives of Ugandan children and their communities.
Fairtrade-certified Products and Materials
You can feel good about the Harkiss Designs products you purchase. Not only do we focus on truly advancing the lives of the artisans we employ but we only source sustainable materials—from fabric woven from the pulp of the kukui nut to locally sourced cow horn and other accouterments. We are Fairtrade-certified and committed to making a difference in our communities and the world.