Based in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Caribbean Craft was founded in 1990 to address Haiti’s high unemployment through artisan training, design assistance and by opening new export markets for their creations. Haiti, a center of artistic creativity and inventiveness, is exemplified by the vibrant tradition and continuation of self-taught painting with colorful style and lines. Through all the hardships that fell on Haiti, Caribbean Craft continued growing, becoming in the end of the 90’s the main provider of Haitian handicrafts for the Caribbean islands’ tourist market.
In 2006 Caribbean Craft became a woman owned company, and in 2009 was the first Haitian company to invest in a permanent showroom in Atlanta’s AmericasMart. This exposure to the American market introduced the company and its products to several important retailers like HomeGoods and Anthropologie before the earthquake of January 2010. After the earthquake, even though Caribbean Craft lost its workshop, it managed to acquire new accounts like West Elm, Restoration Hardware, TOMS Shoes, Land of Nod, Crate and Barrel.
Strategy: Promoting Haitian Craft Worldwide
Caribbean Craft produces over six thousand different items from giftware to home décor pieces suitable to home décor stores, gift shops and tourist oriented stores.
We specialize in handcrafted and hand painted items, metal sculptures, paper maché, stone carving and basketry. Caribbean Craft offers retailers the opportunity to buy many every day items that American and European consumers need.
With our permanent showroom in Atlanta and exposition of our products in the New York Now Gift Fair, at Javits, we have been able to showcase several artisan groups from Haiti to an international audience: the soapstone sculptures from Leogane and Camp Perrin, the vine baskets from La Vallee Jacmel, the tobacco vases and paper maché from Jacmel, the metal sculptures from Croix des Bouquets and Cite Soleil, etc…
Caribbean Craft also works with groups of non-traditional artisans: we train them to handcraft our own items. A group of young men and women from Gros Morne has been trained to paint and sculpt paper maché and are now regularly receiving production orders from us.
Since 2011 our customer list covers the United States, Canada, France, Switzerland, Germany, Australia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Israel and most Caribbean Islands.
Caribbean Craft is dedicated to promoting, through exports, the beauty of Haiti.
We produce and sell original Haitian handmade artisan products that will brighten the environment of our customers, and improve the quality of life of our workers and people. Caribbean Craft wants to generate enough sales to strengthen isolated artisan communities around Haiti. Our vision is to be the example of a successful and socially responsible company in Haiti that enables artisans around the country to live a good life. Caribbean Craft strives to find eco-logical uses for recycled material. The renowned “oil drum art” is made from recycled steel drums; the trendy paper maché comes from empty cement bags and starch made from locally grown arrowroot.
Strive for continuous improvement and innovation. Delight customers with Haitian art. Use integrity as our trademark. Help our people develop their talents. Give support to the community
West Elm, Anthropologie, VivaTerra, Wayfair, HomeGoods, Tesoros Trading, Ten Thousand Villages, Urban Zen, the Smithsonian Museum, Crate and Barrel, Land of Nod, TOMS Shoes, Restoration Hardware.