We started Mi Ossa in 2011 after volunteering, post-earthquake, to build houses near the mountain village of St. Etienne, Haiti. We were amazed and inspired to see creativity persevering everywhere in the midst of such devastation. We knew we had to come back. Within a year, we were collaborating with horn and steel artisans to develop our line.
Horn has been used since ancient times for adornment. It is an upcycled, sustainable material, central to Christelle Paul’s designs at Ateliér Calla. She is a leading entrepreneur in the emerging Haitian fashion industry. Her team makes our “Brazlé Elektrik.”
The best hand-chiseled, recycled steel comes from the village of Croix-des-Bouquets. These artisans hammer out intricate designs with a nail or small chisel. At our studio in Charlottesville, Virginia we gild bracelets, handbag ornaments and pendants with white gold, rubbing them down until they have the look and feel of an artifact.
On a trip two weeks ago, we were hell-bent on connecting with more women artisan/entrepreneurs. In Leogane, we met powerhouse-single-mom of 12, Marie Lisa Lafontant who employs 16 artisans in her ateliér. They create hand-beaded Vodou “drapeaux”, flags, that are collected around the world. We took her some designs for bags and she agreed to work with us.
Everything in Haiti is rare and precious. Real luxury is defined as something rare. By the time the pieces get to Charlottesville, they have travelled so far they are downright sacred to us. We are so thankful to be connected to these talented artisans. Work, not charity, is what we hope will rebuild this beautiful country. Stay tuned for our next visit. In the meantime, shop Mi Ossa on Taigan. Viv Ayiti!!!
Until next time, XO– Shannon and Nora
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We’re excited to introduce FOSTER’S MARKET!
Foster’s Market is a gourmet food market and cafe, focusing on scratch made Southern Cuisine. The awesome food, the superior service, the staff, the fun and the unexpected are what makes the Foster’s experience a unique and rewarding one.
Why we chose Foster’s Market:
Sara Foster and her husband, Peter Sellers, moved to Durham, North Carolina and opened Foster’s Market in 1990, introducing great seasonal prepared foods to eat in or take out, specialty grocery items, locally roasted coffee and select wines. Foster’s immediately became a wonderful gathering spot for Durham residents and Duke University students, professors and employees. Over the years Foster’s Market has won many awards from “Small Business of the Year” to “Best Lunch Spot in the Triangle.” Sara also received the award for “2010 Restaurateur of the Year” from the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association. We’re thrilled to have Sara’s signature items and cookbooks on Taigan!
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We’re excited to introduce MELINA’S GOURMET FOODS on Taigan!
Melina’s Gourmet Foods are produced in small quantities in house, with an emphasis on quality. In addition to exceptional quality, Melina’s products offer unique packaging in custom bottles. We instantly fell in love with their variety of infused olive oils and smart packaging. Melina’s Gourmet Foods would be a great gift for the holidays, so stock up now!
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We’re thrilled to introduce MËNAJI MEN’S SKINCARE!
Mënaji products were formulated with the expertise of Michele Probst and a team of dermatologists and chemists to focus on and enhance the natural healing properties of men’s skin. “Healthy skin looks best,” Probst says. “So, put your best looking face forward with Mënaji Skincare’s all natural, undetectable products.” The face is the first thing you look at, so take it seriously.
Why we chose Mënaji Skincare:
Michele Probst is a beauty expert and professional makeup artist with a celebrity clientele. After several years of working on male clients, Michele was encouraged to create a line of men’s skincare and grooming products as they continued to ask for an easy, at home regimen. With this, Michele began developing products geared specifically towards men to cover up blemishes, dark circles, or scratches that are undetectable and easy to use. Along with her concealing products, Michele began to focus on healthy skincare products. Thus, Mënaji Skincare was born.
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We’re excited to introduce CJ LAING BELTS!
The original embroidered belt for men and women, CJ Laing Belts are an all-time best seller. These highly collectible items are clever, whimsical and make the perfect gift. The only hard part is choosing which one to get first!
The CJ Laing brand is based in Palm Beach, but is known around the world. Their designs reflect a passion for textiles, color and a dedication to fine tailoring in classic, wearable shapes. CJ Laing has become a Palm Beach insiders’ destination and with the addition of the belt collection we are sure their name will continue to grow.
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