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Haiti Design Co Makers Box Review – Spring 2018

Haiti Design Co Makers Box

Haiti Design Collective is “a non-profit artisan production and training center based in Port au Prince, Haiti. They are dedicated to business development, skill training, and fostering a positive and uplifting work environment”. About their Maker’s Box:


This month’s box is being reviewed thanks to an MSA reader request!

open Haiti Design Co Makers Box

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

contents of Haiti Design Co Makers Box Spring 2018

About Haiti Design Co Makers Box

The Subscription Box: Haiti Design Co Maker’s Box

The Cost: $59.00 per season + shipping. Save with longer commitments. 

The Products: “You’ll receive a 5-8 piece surprise, exclusive collection from our Makers”.

Ships to: U.S. for $16.00

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Haitian Proverb

First, you’ll see a card with a Haitian Proverb on it.

Handwirtten Note

The other side has a handwritten note from the HDC Team.

Haiti Design Co info card description of Haiti Design Co

Then, another card that talks about what the Haiti Design Collective is and how your purchases support the Makers.

makers box sticker

There’s also a sticker.

woodwork info card woodwork info

Since this season’s box focuses on woodwork and metalwork, they’ve included a small business card that talks about each. First, the woodwork.

Photo of Zobolo Meet the Maker Zobolo

You’ll also receive a card to meet one of the makers of your items. This one features Zobolo, the leader of the woodworking team.

3/4 view of Wooden Tray side view of wooden tray bottom of Wooden Tray Wooden Tray with necklace

Hand-carved Wooden Tray

I am such a sucker for wooden catch-all trays like this one. I have them all over my house as a place to put change, lip balm, or jewelry. This one is a rounded rectangular tray that measures s3.5 x 7 inches and about an inch deep. It was hand-carved by someone on Zobolo’s team and has “Haiti” etched into the bottom. Extremely lightweight and presumably stained to a rich dark red color, this tray is great for all of the things I mentioned and more. It can go in the bathroom to hold a candle or soaps, on your nightstand for jewelry, or near your front door to hold any small items that need a place to rest (like keys). I think this is just lovely and it will be put to good use in my home.

wooden pineapple candle sticks wooden pineapple candle sticks showing bottom of one

Hand-carved Wooden Pineapple Candle Holders

The other featured wooden item this season are these cute pineapple candle holders! I, unfortunately, didn’t have the right size candles on-hand, but each one is over three inches tall, about an inch and half deep and has an opening about an inch wide. These would be perfect for an outdoor dinner in the summer to light the table after dark. They’re hand carved and stained to give each pineapple its characteristic green leafy crown and dark outer dimples. Even though I don’t see myself using these, pineapples have been on-trend for a while and these are just so cute!

steelwork info card steelwork info

The next card talks about the steelwork portion of the collective.

Picture of Franklin Saint Jean Meet the Maker Franklin Saint Jean

And this card allows you to meet Franklin Saint Jean who works with his team to create the metal items in this season’s box.

Recycled Steel Oil Drum Cactus Art close up of Recycled Steel Oil Drum Cactus Art back of Recycled Steel Oil Drum Cactus Art

Recycled Steel Oil Drum Cactus Art

Eeek- I love cacti and of course they’ve been really popular recently in all forms. As the literature states, Boss Renel’s team uses old oil drums to create their art like this piece here. They’ve cut and stamped it by hand to make the cactus design on the “sign” that measures roughly 3.5 x 6 inches. This cactus comes in a pot and has a dotted border for more flair. Each corner has a hole punched in it so you can hang this with screws, nails, or even pushpins. This has a very raw feel to it so I think it’d be great to hang in a patio area or sunroom near a succulent garden!

Cotton pouch bead and metal tassel necklace close up of bead and metal tassel necklace

bead and metal tassel necklace on model

Beaded Tassel Necklace

Wow- I love this! The cream and various blue-hued beads hold on to a large four-inch tassel made from what looks like maybe thin straw held together by a metal cone. This was no-doubt handmade and perhaps by more than one team since this has beading and metalwork. The necklace is quite long as you can see by the photo of me wearing it, but I kinda like it. It makes a great statement piece for an otherwise simple outfit and the colors are perfect.

cotton pouch metal and straw tassel earrings on leather card metal and straw tassel earrings close up of metal and straw tassel earrings

metal and straw tassel earrings on model

Metal Tassel Earrings

Matching earrings too! These are slightly smaller versions of the necklace tassel at three inches high total (with earring hook), just without any beadwork. They are surprisingly lightweight even though they have the metal cone, but it’s so thin and the tassel material is extremely light. I love that they’ve sent a set but I can’t decide whether it’s too much to wear them together. What do you think?

The Verdict: Although it’s on the pricier side, my first Haiti Design Co Maker’s Box was awesome! I really liked the two materials they focused on this season (metal and wood) and I was taken aback by receiving 5 items (2 of them being jewelry). Even though the pineapples and cactus art aren’t totally my style they are both super cute and I love that they’re handmade. The earrings and necklace are also slightly out of my usual style range but I was immediately drawn to them (probably because I love tassels for some reason) so I will be wearing both. Although the tray is probably the simplest design of the box, it’s the one I’ll get the most use out of. Even if some of these items aren’t for me they make great gifts, plus knowing that I’m helping artisans in Haiti is a definite bonus to the handcrafted items.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? It looks like the window for this one is closed and if you sign up now, you’ll get the Summer box as your first (ships June 20th). However, their Facebook page mentioned having some left, so you may want to reach out if you want to start your subscription with this one!

Value Breakdown: At $75.00 ($59.00 + $16.00 shipping) for this box, you’re paying about $15.00 per item.

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Written by Marne Orenich

Marne Orenich

Marne is a lipstick connoisseur, record collector, and twice over cat mom. She loves discovering new clean beauty brands and has quite the collection of beautifully packaged serums and moisturizers.

Posted in Maker's Box Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews, Subscription Boxes for Women| Tags: makers box | 10 comments

Comments (10)

  1. Thanks for reviewing this box! It looks awesome, but I have been trying to reach the company through multiple ways to find out if I can still purchase this box, but it’s been silence. Oh well. Better for my wallet I suppose.

  2. Thanks for reviewing this! I had no idea about this box. My Dad and uncles and aunts are from Haiti. Awesome!

  3. I just wish this box was available for subscribers from other countries! I am currently teaching in Bulgaria and I’d love to buy the box.
    The pineapple candle holders are totally my cup of tea, so cute!!

  4. Great review!! I’ve been debating this box for months now and hoping for a review. I adore the earrings – they look so cool!! And that wood tray is gorgeous! I think I might just have to go for it!

  5. Oh my goodness that NECKLACE! I actually gasped when I saw the photo of you wearing it and saw how wonderfully long and gorgeous it is!

    Does it say anywhere whether pieces can be purchased from the artists outside the structure of the box?

    (Love the review as always! Your voice is so engaging)

    • Thank you so much, Anne! I swear I saw somewhere that the Makers box has exclusive designs (but of course I can’t find it now). Since nothing from this box is listed in their online shop, I’m thinking that they ARE only available through the sub…

  6. Honestly, I love the tassel necklace and earrings and think that they look great worn separately or as a set. Definitely not too much in my opinion!

  7. I love hand crafted pieces from artisians. So interesting and elegant!

  8. I’m not a fan of the earrings or the necklace but I love the other items. Thanks for the review!

  9. I love this! Like Marne, not everything is 100% my style (in fact – I’m in agreement on all of them!) but I definitely appreciate the opportunity to support Haiti makers at a more-than-fair price for handmade, fair-trade items. Usually I’m pretty meh about communications that come with boxes but I LOVE the trading-card style of the Makers bios.

    Thanks for reviewing this – I can’t wait to sign up!

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