If you think Holt Renfrew is all luxury cosmetic counters and high-end showrooms, you need to know about the H Project. The in-store specialty shop, which launched in 2013 and is found in most of the department stores’ locations, features products that support a charitable cause and are made from sustainable materials. For the H Project’s Uncrate a Culture initiative, buyers travel to a different region each year to learn about products created by local artisans, then Holts teams them up with big-name designers and brands to collaborate on an exclusive line. Last year the Uncrate collection featured textiles, cosmetics and jewellery from Rwanda and Kenya; the year before that, stationary, rugs and accessories from India. This year, the team travelled to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia to create Uncrate South America’s capsule of home decor items, accessories and clothing, which launched in stores and online on Tuesday.
Among this year’s collaborators are potter and designer Jonathan Adler, women’s apparel brand Smythe (Kate Middleton is a fan), clothing designer Ulla Johnson, Canadian not-for-profit organization Me to We and online artisan marketplace Far & Wide Collective. Here are our 10 favourite pieces from the collection, from beaded bracelets to traditional woven baskets, all under $150. (We’re especially partial to anything that features a llama. Don’t miss the tiny one on the Ela Handbags pouch!)