Come October, Macy's will launch an exclusive new home décor collection, The Heart of Haiti, to bring trade and aid to Haiti.
Come October, Macy's will launch an exclusive new home décor collection, The Heart of Haiti, to bring trade and aid to Haiti. Created by artisan survivors of the 2010 earthquake, the line will include traditional handmade Haitian décor items and will be available online and in 25 Macy's stores across the country.
To kickstart the initiative, Macy's has been funding more than 200 local craftspeople with money needed to buy materials to return full-time to work. Macy's has teamed up with existing local artisan groups such as a women's quilting cooperative in Cite Soleil and a blacksmith community in Croix des Bouquets, so the line, including quilts, metalwork, ceramics, wood-carvings, paintings, and more, will have a long history in the region.
Macy's already has an ongoing relationship with Fair Winds Trading, which creates sustainable businesses in impoverished areas. So the department store currently stocks some handmade Haitian products through FWT, including for example this Coral Candle Holder ($60) and Multicolor Vase ($40). You can expect to see this style of décor in The Heart of Haiti, but they are two separate initiatives.