Based in The Rift Valley Kenya, East Africa, the Leakey Collection uses natural elements such as fallen wood, grass and porcelain to create some of the most unique products including interior/home accessories, gift, jewelry and women’s fashion accessories, all while protecting the environment and providing economic opportunity to the local communities. Zulugrass and Zuluwood beads, bracelets and necklaces are sold in stores worldwide, and the entire collection is now available online.
From high fashion jewelry to home interior design accessories, The Leakey Collection’s natural elegance distinguishes this high end product line as one of the world’s premier offerings. Founded in 2002 by Katy and Philip Leakey, have dedicated themselves to creating employment opportunities for rural Kenyans, training and educating people in sound business practices in order to enhance their chances for employment, entrepreneurial opportunities and life long opportunities and enhancing understanding between Developed Nations and Africa using products and commerce as a vehicle.
About the Leakeys
Philip Leakey is the third and youngest son of paleo-anthropologists Drs. Louis and Mary Leakey. He was a Member of Parliament in Kenya for 15 years, a Deputy Member of the Cabinet for 14 years and a Member of Cabinet for 1 year. Philip is known in Kenya for his dedication towards improving conditions for all Kenyan’s with particular attention to the areas of business opportunity and the environment.
Katy Leakey is an artist and a designer. Her interest as an artist has been to connect diverse cultures through understanding using art as a vehicle and lecturing in University systems in the United States. Katy Leakey spent time studying ancient cultures in the unexplored areas of the Amazon of Peru and Ecuador before moving to Africa in 2001. In 1964, Allen and Helen O’Brien along with Katy Leakey’s parents, Robert and Evelyn Moodey and three others, co-founded the L.S.B. Leakey foundation, lending a cultural anthropological bent towards Katy’s life long work in Art.