Rose & Fitzgerald
Rose & Fitzgerald is a luxury artisanal contemporary home goods and jewelry store sourced and produced in Africa.
Rose & Fitzgerald’s journey began when founders Courtney and Laren Poole relocated from San Diego, California to Kampala, Uganda. Laren was working on a peacekeeping and reconciliation project in East and Central Africa. It gave his wife, Courtney, a chance to discover what she wanted to do with her life.
“I constantly dreamed of doing something I was truly passionate about – work that gave me greater purpose and fulfillment” she says.
Having always harbored ambitions about starting up a small craft and design business, Courtney was inspired by the local Kampalan artisans selling uniquely-made goods on craft stalls. She began designing products herself, specifically to decorate the new family home.
“That’s when the light bulb went off,” she says. “I realized that I wanted to share this beautiful part of the world with others who value handmade products from native, natural materials.”
So Rose & Fitzgerald was born in Uganda in 2013 – a company with a mission to supply goods made in and influenced by Africa to those with a penchant for handmade crafts.
Unlike many companies that source goods overseas cheaply from factories and suppliers exploiting their workforce, Rose & Fitzgerald work closely with a specially selected team of workers. All staff are paid a fair wage and efforts are made to make the work environment as pleasant and sustainable as possible. Rose & Fitzgerald also work closely with other ethical workshops across Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia, only partnering with those who adhere to a strict set of standards.
All product materials are sourced locally. This makes the company more sustainable and also gives the products a luxurious, local feel. Materials include Ankole horn, palm leaf, pure brass, Mugavu and Teak wood, leather and organic cotton.
According to Courtney, the motto of Rose & Fitzgerald is “Want better, not more”.
“I love supporting brands with an emphasis on handmade or with initiatives like sustainable job creation, empowerment and the environment.” -Courtney Poole, Co-founder