Why Cedar and Cypress
In the old testament we read in 1 Kings that when the temple was constructed Solomon used Cedar and Cypress wood. That is where our name comes from. We want to be the foundation and the support for others like Cedar and Cypress was for the temple. Weather that is companies or artisans in Haiti, individual people, missionaries or families. Our goal is to support others though job creation.
Being a support is the core of who we are.
The Foundation and Support
Cedar and Cypress Designs partners with five different companies in Haiti. Those companies employ over 500 people. Artisans, managers, shippers-the list is endless. Through your purchase and support, we are in turn able to continue buying from our partners in Haiti. This is a sustainable process of employment-a social enterprise business model.
We are proud of our partners and the artisans in Haiti. We have spent a great deal of time selecting the pieces in our collection and offer a diverse selection of handcrafted goods including pieces for your home to jewelry to handbags.
Be a part of our foundation. We invite you to shop with a purpose; job creation through artisan empowerment.
About Our Founder
After living in Haiti for five years, I moved back to America and away from the country I had called home. I knew I wouldn't be able to let go of the beauty Haiti showed me. It is a part of my heart, a part of who I have become. I decided instead of leaving it behind, I would bring it with me-into my home and yours.
Out of a reluctance to leave Haiti, a passion for design, entrepreneurship, and a true love for all things beautiful in this world, Cedar and Cypress was born and a dream has become a reality.
I left behind a country and people who I love. Creativity that inspires me and friendships that are sealed into the fibers of my heart.
This site is a collaboration; a summation of my time in Haiti, the people I have met, and the strings of my heart brought together into the life I live now, back in America.
I learned a great deal about life while living in Haiti. Mostly I learned how privileged and blessed I am. I have always had a roof over my head and food on the table. This is not the case for many people. My parents worked hard and taught me the value of getting a good education. In America, for the most part, holding a steady job is not difficult; but in Haiti, this is not the case. Jobs, food, safe homes and education are all difficult to come by.
The partners we are connected with in Haiti have played a large role in the lives of many Haitians. The provision and security of a job has the potential to be the foundation to change a life. The products we sell at Cedar and Cypress Designs are hand crafted, meaning they aren't made in a factory, each one is carefully crafted by a person. People with stories and children and hope for a better future.
Help us help Haiti. With your purchase of our products you are playing a part in the life of an artisan across the sea in Haiti. We are excited you stopped in! Look around and let us know what you think!