Honoring the Handmade

Supporting and celebrating traditional handmade practices from around the world is one of the foremost commitments at Ulla Johnson. Our longstanding jewelry partnership with exceptional master artisans in Nairobi features an array of exquisitely crafted pieces every season, from intricate hand-hammered metal earrings and necklaces to sculptural glass beadwork— but the purpose of this partnership doesn’t end there. This collaboration has helped uplift the communities whose expert craftspeople bring Ulla Johnson’s jewelry designs to life.

With over 4,000 handmade pieces purchased, the income has empowered our Kenyan partners to hire employees and train new generations of artisans, replace damaged tools, and support their families—which has been especially crucial during the pandemic. Social sustainability eorts include a multitude of long-lasting results, from the digging of new wells to the purchase and maintenance of additional workshop spaces. Instead of commuting long distances and leaving their families to nd secure work, the artisans—many of whom are women—can care for their children, tend to their homes, and reinvest in their community while earning an income. Choosing where a fashion brand manufactures has never been more important, and at Ulla Johnson we prioritize supporting smaller communities to help create a positive social impact.