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About Penny

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Penny has worked in The Royal Opera House, The Royal Shakespeare Company and on Hollywood movies including The Constant Gardener and The Last King of Scotland. Her love of bringing together different, often unassuming items, such as cow horn, rough stones, brass, silver, rubies and other gems led her to set up her own business in Kenya.

Penny envisioned turning beautiful, raw African materials into pieces worth wearing. The Penny Winter studio sources all materials independently. Penny is often to be found bumping along the dusty back streets of Nairobi on her mountain bike looking for unusual objects, or working alongside the Kikuyu horn carvers and Kamba stone setters who help her achieve her striking accessories. Many hands pull together to create one of-a-kind items that are as unique as the materials that they are made from. The journey of creating each piece is as beautiful as the finished article.

Since its initial launch in 1997, the Penny Winter business has grown into two separate entities- The Penny Winter Studio, which collaborates with other designers and organisations, and Penny’s Personal Collection, where she allows her creativity to run free. Both feature rings, bracelets, bangles, necklaces and earrings. Fans of her pieces include Michelle Obama, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Gwyneth Paltrow and Helena Christensen who have all been snapped in Penny Winter wares.

 
 

The Artisans

We impact the lives of many Kenyans who take great pride in producing the Penny Winter designs that are sold around the world. Our studio works closely with various teams, whether it be a horn workshop in rural Kenya, or a bead workshop in downtown Nairobi. We take most pride in the fact we have managed to instill in our teams the disciplined work ethic it takes to produce quality products that rival the best on the global market. 

By buying a piece from the Penny Winter Studio, you will not only own something beautiful, but you will be helping to support the livelihoods of over many wives, mothers, fathers and children in Kenya.

 

 
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Our Team

The Penny Winter team is made up of a passionate group of individuals that take pride in the work they do. Together, they work hard to ensure that all aspects of the business run smoothly, and most importantly they have fun doing it. Meet our team below!

 
 

We Care

 

Sauti Kuu Foundation

Sauti Kuu’s goal is to create a platform for disadvantaged children and young people worldwide that allows them to uncover their strengths and realize their full potential to live independent successful lives. Their aim is to help children and young people, in particular those from rural communities and urban slums, to discover the strength of their own voices and the power they have to positively change their lives.

They work together with them and their families to develop sustainable socio-economic structures that will guarantee financial independence. Sauti Kuu makes sure that children and young people realise that they do not have to be victims of their social backgrounds or their environments.

Pictured: Creative Designer Penny Winter of Penny Winter Studio with Former US President Barack Obama at the inauguration of the Sauti Kuu Foundation that took place on the 15th of July 2018.

 
 

Tusk Trust

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Penny Winter proudly supports the Tusk Trust by donating a percentage of profit. The Tusk Trust works to empower local communities in Kenya through protecting wildlife. For almost thirty years, Tusk has supported forward-thinking and successful conservation intervention in Africa. From the plains of the Serengeti to the rainforests of the Congo Basin, they are working towards a future in which people and wildlife can both thrive across the African continent.

Tusk was established in the 1990s in response to the poaching crisis of the 1980’s which pushed black rhino to the brink of extinction. More recently, Tusk focuses on habitat loss which remains the greatest threat to the vast majority of wildlife on the African continent.

Tusk has achieved a great deal, and have developed a strong reputation supported by HRH the Duke of Cambridge. We are proud to be associated with them and have created our very own collection to support Tusk, which features the African elephant, Tzavo rubies and the elephant footprint, all tastefully put together for a cause.

 
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