Camilla and Holly met whilst studying at AUB and came together six years after graduating to found The Basket Room.
Their aim is to provide women in Kenya and other African countries with an additional income source through the production of their hand woven baskets and bags. Buying these products directly helps to improve the livelihoods of the families and helps them to become less dependent on farming, which can be unreliable.
Together with high-street retailer Jigsaw, they have teamed up with a group of around 100 women in rural Kenya, who weave baskets as part of their culture, using traditional techniques which have been passed down through the generations. Two styles have been created exclusively for Jigsaw, a basket tote and a curved clutch both woven using sisal fibres.
Jigsaw x The Basket Room collection will be available in mid-April at Kings Road, The Strand, Guildford and online.