Bag production workshop in Kenya © Louis Nderi & ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative


Yanvalou Designs and the Ethical Fashion Initiative work in Haiti together since 2015. Together, we are collaborating on a hand-woven hat collection made by Haitian artisans from the Core de Fer area of the island. Through their orders, Yanvalou Designs is supporting the revival of the Haitian hat-making tradition and bringing capacity building to the artisans involved in production.

Yanvalou Designs was born out of a desire to share the beauty of Haiti — the warmth of the Haitian people, the profound artistic and cultural heritage, the breathtaking mountain vistas, the secluded beaches… Its beachwear collection, Yanvalou Beach, features original art licensed from emerging artists Ras Kimy and Pizaro, and Haitian master, Frantz Zephirin. Their unique swimwear and coverups allow customers to discover and share the indelible spirit of the Haitian people. Yanvalou Designs works with key stakeholders in the Haitian fashion and apparel industry to develop high value-add supply chain opportunities.