Who started it? African handmade jewellery and accessories company Keza was founded by Jared Angaza in 2008. Angaza, who serves as the company's creative director, has a long history of human rights advocacy, with more than 13 years experience working with non-profit organisations such as the Save Darfur Coalition and Keep a Child Alive. In 2006, he travelled to Rwanda and ended up staying two years, during which time he worked with a group of local women and came up with the concept for Keza. Shortly after leaving Rwanda, Angaza met his future wife, Ilea, who had spent two years working with human rights group Restore International as the Uganda country director. Today she is Keza's director of artisan operations and is responsible for overseeing daily production and the local artists who work with the brand. Why we love it: it's fashion with a conscience. Acting as a bridge between African-based artists and the high-end fashion industry, Keza does not own any businesses or sites in the communities it works with. Rather, it connects products with consumers and designers with local artisans, fostering collaborations that result in beautiful handmade accessories. Designers are recruited from predominately American-based fashion schools and spend at least three months working with artists in Africa. Their pieces translate traditional techniques and styles into fashionable jewellery. The chunky, colourful accessories have plenty of personality and make use of locally sourced and sustainable materials such as brass, cow horn, camel bone and ostrich feathers. What we'd pick: the black Kindu earrings (above; HK$430) and Menewa necklace (above left; HK$1,300) made from repurposed newspaper. Where can you get it? Keza is available at www.keza.com .