Meet Benson. He is our Artisan who focuses on one of a kind bone works. His business is called Ideal Bone Creations and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Learning the skill of bone working at a young age, Benson first began hand craving with his brother. He is now a talented craftsman and an entrepreneur in his community.
Working within his local community, Benson strives to give idle youth a positive outlet. He feels that having an opportunity for success is the key to avoiding a booming crime rate and wasted youth. His desire is to pull members of the community under his wing, and into his employment, so they can have a honest means of providing for themselves and their families.
We are coming up on our sixth year of partnership with Benson, and we are excited about the growth that is on the horizon. Since partnering with Benson, he has been able to relocated to a bigger, more productive space, his staff has grown, and his business has flourished. It is our dream that through Red Earth we can help Benson, and Ideal Bone Creations, realize their dreams.
With our team just returning from their trip to Kenya, our ever popular Liz II Necklace is back in stock. These are limited and move quickly, so act soon. A hand cast, detailed brass pendant hanging from a delicate chain, this simple necklace is perfect for easy everyday class or layered fun. Shop now, they go fast!
We always get a little extra excited when we get to work on a new leather piece. Leather is tough. It is a challenging and lengthy process to access good hides in Kenya, but this is just half the fun.
Around this time last year, we set aside days to focus on a few leather pieces we were eager to produce. Our leather Artisans, Tom + Matua, are some of the most talented craftsmen we have ever met. Being able to watch them work is a joy, and we were thrilled about these days spent creating. The piece we were focusing on was our Gatherer’s iPhone Wallet.
Striving to make something purposeful with simple style, our Gatherer’s iPhone Wallet was a design we spent time perfecting. Easily now one of our favorite pieces, no one on staff is ever spotted without theirs.
With skills as undeniable as these, the work speaks for itself. A single piece of hand-cut leather, this everyday carry is effortlessly beautiful. I still catch myself admiring each fold and mark, thinking back on days spent in Kenya and the smell and sounds of the leather shop.
Allow us to introduce you to JaneRose. Designing jewelry since college, her unique pieces caught our eye in the market, but it was her beautiful personality that kept us wanting more.
JaneRose is passionate about her art, seeing it as her ability to touch peoples lives. Currently working from her home alongside her mother, she is striving to grow her business to be able to train the young girls in her community. She views every necklace as a chain of progress and hope. Both her and her husband have a heart for their community and actively pursue positive growth.
As we get ready to head back to Kenya, we are thrilled to see our friend JaneRose and make further steps to growing her business. We look forward to chats around her kitchen table about hope, and maybe we’ll even get one of her famous homemade smoothies.
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As a thank you for such an amazing year here at Red Earth, we have marked down some of our favorite pieces. Enjoy a selection of discounted items for our New Year’s Special! So head into this new year with a new must-have, and have a Happy New Year from all of us here at Red Earth Trading Co.!
The mall kiosk re-invented. [Currently located in Nashville's CoolSprings Galleria by the Apple store]
We never would have imagined ourselves doing a holiday pop-up in the mall… as a kiosk. But as we began to explore this foreign retail outlet we found ourselves quite excited with the possibilities. With a little thinking outside the box and a lot of elbow grease, we built something to remember.
We had to buildout the entire kiosk in a friend’s warehouse and then break it down for transport to the mall. Here’s our journey captured by photos -
Building displays for merchandising
Breaking down and loading out for the mall
Loading in to the mall
Putting the puzzle back together
Finishing up with lighting and signage
The finished product!
Thanks for checking out the making of our kiosk. If you live in Nashville or happen to be visiting, come to the CoolSprings Galleria and say hi! We are set up right outside the Apple store.
Take a closer look at our Isadora Necklace. A constant best seller and statement piece of our brand, this piece is very special. Undeniably an eye-catcher, the Isadora speaks for itself. An original design by our Artisan Gabriel who works in Kenya, we first fell in love with this piece in the Nairobi Market after visiting his workshop.
A true artist, Gabriel is talented in many fields of jewelry design. He learned his trade from his father, who he still works alongside every day. The Isadora Necklace is no small feat to create. Each brass piece is hand cut and hammered to the correct shape and size. The end result being a beautiful collar of independently hanging paddles.
Hand cast from a vintage market find, this Simple Stag Pendant Necklace is a true treasure. This piece is made from recycled brass by our Artisan, Raymond, in Kenya. At his workshop in Karen, him and his team of apprentices make beautiful crafted works.
Hanging from a delicate antiqued brass chain, this pendant is dainty while maintaining depth. Adorn yourself with the strength and grace of the enchanting leader of the forest. Shop the Simple Stag Pendant Necklace today.