This summer, we’ve opened our doors of ‘the edit’, in the vibrant beachtown of Port Dalhousie. Our chic general store features a collection of Canadian brands, and here we take you behind the scenes to learn about the founders and their stories. Our pop-up, located at Lock and Main Marketplace (17 Lock Street), is open Thursday to Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Colette Leier; Founder
Tell us a bit about yourself:
After graduating from University, I moved to South Africa to live and work for over 5 years. Upon returning, I thought how can I support the arts and microenterprises from southern Africa.
Tell us the story behind your brand:
The concept started back in 1999. I travel to Africa to connect with artisans and to learn their story and collaborate on custom designs. Each time, I touch the ground in Africa, an exhilarating feeling of discovery hits me. I hope every Savuti customer gets that same feeling. Together, we are leveraging business for good.
What inspires you?
To me, there is nothing more exciting than discovering a new artist that preserves age-old cultural traditions that are in danger of being lost. Such artisanal communities get to unlock their own potential, share the know-how that is woven into their ancestral memory, and culturally enrich the world while earning sustainable incomes.
Where’s your favourite spot to vacation in the summer?
Of course, it would be somewhere in Africa. Probably, close to nature.
What does 2023 hold for your brand?
Lots of new opportunities to explore, as we have recently moved to the Niagara Region.
Shop Savuti Style at our pop-up located at Lock and Main Marketplace (17 Lock Street) from Thursday to Monday, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Last modified: July 7, 2023