A Connection to the Great Rift Valley The birthplace of the human race and the birthplace of continents, the Great Rift Valley cuts through East Africa. It is an enchanting land bordered by escarpments, and dotted with fiery volcanoes, magical lakes, and fertile soil. It is a land of tea and coffee growing, and long-horned cattle raising. Its plains are crisscrossed with animals of all sorts and the footsteps of ancient cultures of hunters and nomads.
Made by Hand We source our leather from Great Rift Valley in Western Kenya from plains near the Athi, Sagana and Nakuru rivers. The traditional lands of the Masai nomadic people, our cows are raised on expansive ranges by small-producers and families. The cattle sometimes scratch against Acacia trees and roam in the bush where the slight variations in their hides can occur. Rather than blemishes, the variations create a natural connection and individual character in each of our products. After processing and tanning with minimal environmental impact, our designers, stitchers, and assemblers craft your product with care and precision in an atelier on the outskirts of Nairobi. Each of them worked as young apprentices under a master craftsman, where they perfected their craft. Everyday, they combine generations-old craftsmanship with design to fit modern lifestyles. Each of our products arriving at your door contains this tradition and story of East Africa.
Supporting Communities in East Africa 2 Rivers Creations, LLC is a social business which provides income and a chance to build skills in a valuable craft to women and small producers in the Great Rift Valley. We enjoy that our sales has a positive impact on those who work with us.
Our Company While on assignment in East Africa in early 2016, a humanitarian aid worker discovered a group of leather producers and craftspeople. Enchanted by the quality of the craft and products, we sought to share these unique products with friends and clients in the United States while at the same time providing economic opportunities for the Kenyans who craft these products with their hands. 2 Rivers is about so much more than just a product, it’s a connection to a special land and a delicate craft. 2 Rivers is about mutual benefits for our clients and producers.
The name 2 Rivers is derived from the company’s hometown of Kansas City, where the Kansas and Missouri rivers meet. Located on the American Great Plains, Kansas City’s geography echoes the Great Rift Valley in East Africa from where our products originate. Its residents also echo the products in that they value natural materials, craft and talent, handmade details, and high quality products at a reasonable price. These shared values form the foundation of our company’s mission.