Haute Baso is an ethical fashion brand for the modern individual looking for thoughtful, simple and functional designs. We are centered around the belief that “two heads are better than one” using fashion as vehicle for positive change towards the empowerment of women and youth who are integral to our value chain while contributing to preservation of culture in Rwanda.
We draw inspiration from our vibrant culture to collaborate and merge traditional methods with new techniques to create pieces that are timeless. This philosophy exemplifies the modern African fashion industry’s outlook on combining sustainability, technology, modern design and African craftsmanship to produce beautifully made, ready to wear fashion & accessories.
Haute Baso recognized the potential of young women by offering them training and employment - an investment which results in skill development at a fair wage and within a safe environment. Collaboration through design and production with talented artisans to create high quality "Made in Rwanda" apparel, accessories and home decor pieces enables preservation of traditional craftsmanship.
To this end, Haute Baso took part in co-design sessions with SPRING's partner San Francisco-based fuse project, and engaging Girl Hub Rwanda, to construct a professional training program for 15-21 year old young women in 2015.
Most of the women working with Haute Baso are the sole breadwinners of their households; therefore, this partnership enables them to feed, educate, and provide healthcare for their loved ones and ultimately reduce the long-term cycle of poverty.
The brand was established in March 2014 by two Rwandan designers with four female artisans and has since grown to collaborations with 275 artisans, 202 of the artisans being women.