The Kenyan Collection

Ocala,  FL 
United States
http://www.thekenyancollection.com
  • Booth: 1878

The Kenyan Collection is a collection of beautiful beaded leather (belts, purses, purse straps and dog collars) and wooden serving ware handmade my mamas of the Maasai Tribe of Kenya.  Every mama has a story and each story gets better with every purchase.

Brands: The Kenyan Collection


 Show Specials

  • (May 29, 2019)

    All Continental US starter packages receive 5% off and free shipping.  (Starting packages start at $800)

    International Orders starter packages receive 5% off and a $25 credit towards shipping.

    Specials continue through the end of August, just mention NY NOW to receive your discount.  


 Press Releases

  • BOUT THE ARTISANS
    The Maasai Mamas



    In the Maasai culture, the beaded creations they wear can tell you something about the person who wears them - age, marital status, social status, special events in their life (like a new bride). With guidance from a talented leather worker/designer, the mamas were given the opportunity to use their natural sense of color and design to create products for the Western market. They live and work near their homes (which allows them to care for livestock and children) where they gather in small groups to share advice and stories as they bead the leather provided. A friend of our collection – Nils Tcheyan – visited the mamas and beautifully captured a few images of their gathering.

    ABOUT THE COMPANY
    The Kenyan Collection
    "Africa can compete"

    "We have seen clearly where hope and opportunity exist in one part of the world, it can impact peace and stability across the globe."

    Our goal is to demonstrate that products made in Africa can compete in the global marketplace, while at the same time creating employment for the artisans, in the hope that they will have an investment in, and an opportunity to change, their own future and the future of their children. 

    Joan Schultz, the founder, was living in Kenya when a group of Maasai herded 13 of their precious cattle to the US Embassy in Nairobi to express their condolences to the families affected by the events of September 11. The gift of the cattle, which are so precious to the Maasai, was a way to say how wrong that event was and how sorry they were for our losses. It made us realize that we all have 'gifts' to share and we do what we can to make a difference to help each other in spite of our own constraints.” What we are doing is not charity or a hand-out, but just as the Maasai and many other Kenyans extended their hand in sympathy and concern in their own way, we are reciprocating in our way by providing guidance and presenting their talents to a demanding market. 

    The new owners, Cindy Lay and Stewart Newman, just returned from Kenya and are excited to share with you their fabulous new finds that will debut at New York NOW.

    Why is The Kenyan Collection NOT a non-profit? Because the Kenyans felt that setting up as a non-profit would suggest donations are required or desired to sustain this operation and customers would need to manage expectations in terms of quality of products. These are both assumptions the Kenyans specifically wanted to challenge….and they have. We don’t want your donation, we want your business which we will earn by ensuring every customer is satisfied with the product purchased with their hard earned money. While there are many who have tried to duplicate some of the work and designs of our artisans, in terms of creativity, consistency, and quality we are sure you will agree there is no comparison. 


 Products

  • The Kenyan Collection Pet Catagory
    Dog collars and leashes handmade by the Maasai Tribe of Kenya...

  • Our Dog Collar and leashes aren't just a pretty collar.  

    We have our private workshop that only bead for The Kenyan Collection which ensures quality and consistency.  

  • The Kenyan Collection Hatbands and Earrings
    Our Maasai beaded products are crafted with colorful glass beads characteristic of the Maasai Tribe. All Maasai beaded products offered by The Kenyan Collection are handmade utilizing traditional patterns and colors....

  • The collection of Maasai beaded products offered at The Kenyan Collection are all handmade by Maasai women who do it for a living to support themselves and their families. They are colorful, vibrant and unique. You are sure to find something that will speak to your style.

    Exquisite Collection of Maasai Beaded Products

    Our Maasai beaded products are crafted with colorful glass beads characteristic of the Maasai Tribe. All Maasai beaded products offered by The Kenyan Collection are handmade utilizing traditional patterns and colors that you would find on Maasai beaded jewelry worn by Maasai people themselves.

    What makes Massai Products Unique

    The Maasai are one of the most popular tribes in the world. They are found in southern Kenya and Northern parts of Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley and belong to the Nilotic group of African Tribes.

    The Maasai are easily distinguishable from other tribes because of their persistence in maintaining their traditions despite efforts by the Kenya/Tanzania governments and western influences to abandon them. They dress in traditional shukas (robes) and are adorned with beautiful intricate beaded leatherwork and jewelry that is colorful and unique to the Maasai. Handmade Maasai products are increasingly becoming a fashion trend with its influences all over magazines and fashion shows. To the casual observer, the elaborate Maasai products might seem like just colorful beadwork but to them, every color has a meaning and every piece has a special significance to the wearer.

    A one-stop shop for Ethically Sourced Maasai Products

    The Kenyan Collection is your one-stop destination to shop for Maasai beaded products online at fair-trade prices with a guarantee that what you get it authentic and every purchase directly benefits the creator. 

    • Crafted by Maasai Women
    • Available in exotic colors
    • Vibrant designs and pattern
    • Glass beads
    • Ethically sourced to benefit the artist
  • The Kenyan Collection Beaded Belts and Handbags
    Handmade beaded leather belts and handbags made from mamas of The Maasai Tribe of Kenya...

  • The collection of Maasai beaded products offered at The Kenyan Collection are all handmade by Maasai women who do it for a living to support themselves and their families. They are colorful, vibrant and unique. You are sure to find something that will speak to your style.

    Exquisite Collection of Maasai Beaded Products

    Our Maasai beaded products are crafted with colorful glass beads characteristic of the Maasai Tribe. All Maasai beaded products offered by The Kenyan Collection are handmade utilizing traditional patterns and colors that you would find on Maasai beaded jewelry worn by Maasai people themselves.

    What makes Massai Products Unique

    The Maasai are one of the most popular tribes in the world. They are found in southern Kenya and Northern parts of Tanzania along the Great Rift Valley and belong to the Nilotic group of African Tribes.

    The Maasai are easily distinguishable from other tribes because of their persistence in maintaining their traditions despite efforts by the Kenya/Tanzania governments and western influences to abandon them. They dress in traditional shukas (robes) and are adorned with beautiful intricate beaded leatherwork and jewelry that is colorful and unique to the Maasai. Handmade Maasai products are increasingly becoming a fashion trend with its influences all over magazines and fashion shows. To the casual observer, the elaborate Maasai products might seem like just colorful beadwork but to them, every color has a meaning and every piece has a special significance to the wearer.

    A one-stop shop for Ethically Sourced Maasai Products

    The Kenyan Collection is your one-stop destination to shop for Maasai beaded products online at fair-trade prices with a guarantee that what you get it authentic and every purchase directly benefits the creator. 

    • Crafted by Maasai Women
    • Available in exotic colors
    • Vibrant designs and pattern
    • Glass beads
    • Ethically sourced to benefit the artist
  • The Kenyan Collection Beaded Belts for Men
    Beaded by the mamas of the Maasai Tribe in Kenya our leather belts are just as beautiful as our collars....

  • Gorgeous beaded leather belts come in any of our 33 collections.  Each row of beads is anchored and a leather backing is put in place to make these belt as durable as they are beautiful.  Perfect for any boutique, men and women can shop the collection.  Standard sizing but custom sizing can be ordered.  Brass buckles are handmade from scraps and melted into casts.  Leather is sourced locally in Nairobi.  Beads are Czech.  
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