Holt Renfrew x HOUSE of WARIS
Holt Renfrew presents Uncrate India. We couldn’t imagine a better guide to bring this dynamic concept to life than actor, designer and tastemaker Waris Ahluwalia, founder of House of Waris. Born in India and now based in New York, Ahluwalia embodies the romance, magic and sophistication of India. This past November he helped lead the Holts team on a journey through Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Mandawa, sourcing enchanting products and introducing our team to artisans and their age-old techniques. From block-printed textiles to hand-woven rugs, the spectacular pieces we found on this journey, along with an exclusive collection of jewellery and accessories from House of Waris, was showcased in an “Uncrate India” shop within H Project.
"This collaboration allows me to share with the world the incredible talent from my country of birth, India. However, it’s not just the traditional craftsmanship that I am excited to share; it’s also the new younger contemporary voice that is the future of design and craft. We must celebrate the young and the old.”
"We went on a mission of discovery. Seeking out great talents, incredible objects, fresh interpretations of ancient ideas and products that transcend borders,” said Waris Ahluwalia. “H Project allows us to continue to support traditional techniques and share our passion for craftsmanship with the world.
Uncrate India will support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children in India. Holt Renfrew’s H Project spaces at Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary and Vancouver will transform into Uncrate India shops for two months. The shop will support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children in India with a $15,000 donation to support local initiatives.
Celebrating a 177-year heritage, Holt Renfrew is recognized worldwide for an inspired shopping experience. Once a purveyor of fashion to Her Majesty Queen Victoria, Holt Renfrew began in 1837 as a modest hat shop in Quebec.