We ethically craft beautiful waxed-cotton and leather goods with a social mission.

Proudly made in Haiti.

Product Mission

Our product mission is to craft a timeless and functional line of products that transcend trends and become emblematic of our core values of quality, aesthetics, and ethics.

Economic Mission

Our economic mission is to prove to businesses everywhere that doing good and doing well are not mutually exclusive by showing that we can profit with purpose.

Social Mission

Our social mission is to empower people around the world to use their own intrinsic capabilities to become independent in their own right, in their own way.

"In March of 2013, I sold my car and founded Ediké."

I've always believed that the things we choose to wear say something about who we are, and no piece of apparel speaks louder than the bag we choose to sling over our shoulder everyday. A backpack tells the story of where we've been--and where we could go. I wanted to create something that did even more than that; one that would communicate more than an aesthetic, but would represent a set of values. I wanted to create something that would drive people to think outside the confines of their own lives and inspire them to explore the world.

"Our mantra is that a truly great product is achieved only when quality, aesthetics, and ethics are inseparable."

My exploration of the world started with Haiti. Following the earthquake, I came to Haiti in June of 2011 as a photographer for a young start-up focused on profiling the relief efforts of non-profit organizations. Through the lens of a camera, I saw the devastation of the small island country. Yet the billions in aid money and thousands in on-the-ground support personnel did not seem to have a sustainable effect, and to this day hundreds of thousands are displaced without income, housing, or a means to advance.


"It was on that battered street corner that I realized how a love for backpacks could be combined with a need for opportunity."

As I walked through the crumbling streets of Port-au-Prince, I witnessed the resilience of not only the Haitian people, but their culture. On every corner, even in the midst of the rubble, you could find an artist proudly selling their wares. These weren’t the painted trinkets and coconut shells you’d imagine, but stunning works of art. I found that ingrained within the Haitian culture, there is a creative and industrious drive that could not and would not be suppressed by an earthquake, a cholera epidemic--or a complete lack of art supplies. It was on that battered street corner that I realized how a love for backpacks could be combined with an impulse to help.

"Self-worth, fair pay, and an opportunity to succeed. That's empowerment."

In March of 2013 I sold my car and founded Ediké. Our mantra is that a truly great product is achieved only when quality, aesthetics, and ethics are inseparable. We’re focused on creating a perfect product, and we’ve been able to do so because of the amazing abilities of our Haitian artisans. We seek to create opportunities for the people of Haiti through fair employment, using their own skills and their own intrinsic capabilities. Self-worth, fair pay, and an opportunity to succeed. That’s empowerment.

–Samuel McGuire

Founder + President

Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic, less than seven-hundred miles from the Port of Miami. It has a mysterious magnetism about it: a poverty-stricken island nation with a vibrant culture incomparable to any other country in the world. It is a land known for voodoo, corruption, and political strife.

Today, more than 50% of Haitians live in "extreme poverty," living on less than $1.50 a day.  70% of the Haitian population remains unemployed, and 95% of those that do have jobs are "informally" employed. These statistics make it the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.

Yet beyond all the trepidation associated with Haiti lies a truly magnificent culture. 

Haiti boasts more artists per capita than any other country on earth–a testament to the creative nature of its people. Barely younger than the United States, Haiti is credited with the first successful slave revolution in the world, led by the national hero, Toussaint Louveture. 

Haiti is ripe for change. It's people are resilient, industrious, and capable. More than aid, they need an opportunity to take control of their own destiny.