WE KNOW THAT TO EMPOWER A WOMAN IS TO EMPOWER HER COMMUNITY


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.

Mission & Vision



Empower

We invest in young women through vocational training and mentoring, employment and fostering entrepreneurship while offering a fair wage.


Collaboration

Design and production with local artisans to create high quality "Made in Rwanda" products. Long term relationships with all touch points of our value chain ensure lasting impact.


Craftmanship

Preservation of traditional skillets and stories that are translated into modern, functional pieces.

The Background Story


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.

Our Amazing Team


Linda Mukangoga

Born in Washington, DC to parents who migrated from Rwanda. Linda spent time between the US and Rwanda and finally moved to Rwanda permanently to work for Gahaya Links, a company training rural women to produce handicrafts for an international market. Participating in the design and production for pieces carried by international retail chains Anthropologie and Macys strengthened Linda's belief in the ability to showcase Rwanda in a global market and at the same time empower the girls she works with. From this belief, Haute Baso was born. Although she majored in International Relations at university, her heart had always been in fashion. Currently serves as an Acumen Regional Fellow 2016.

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Pierra Ntayombya

Canadian born to Rwandan parents, Pierra has spent most of her life in North America and Europe, where she developed a passion for fashion and retail. With over 10 years of experience in the fashion and retail industry, working with international brands such as Zara, Stuart Weitzman and Nordstrom, she saw an opportunity to bring her creativity and industry knowledge to Rwanda during a visit in 2015. By end of 2016 she permanently relocated to Rwanda. Driven by her ambition to elevate the fashion industry in Rwanda and empower youth and women, Haute Baso was the perfect fit.

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Ghislain Nduwayo

I am Ghislain Nduwayo and for last 4 years I went to Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, were I was President of group called Genesis of creativity which was doing fashion. I was a model and I won different prizes as the best model at my school. As fashion was my passion I went to internet I found Haute Baso and I read their story and I was interested to work there. I applied to be an intern by the chance I got it and I worked there for 3 months as an intern but now I'm working as full time worker and I have strong interest in pursuing a career in fashion industry.

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Patience

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