Our Story

unikati & co grew from a love of beautiful objects, the stories behind them, and a desire to make a positive impact in this world we inhabit. Unikati is a Bosnian word for unique items, more specifically handcrafted one-of-a-kind items. We both grew up surrounded by unikati created by our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. These items graced our childhood homes and our little selves (in the form of beautiful slippers, sweaters, hats, scarves and mitts). Our family trees consist of artisans ranging from shoemakers and saddle-makers to oil and mixed media artists. We’ve spent a lifetime appreciating well-made, handcrafted goods and we carried this appreciation with us as we started to explore the world.

Before we ever boarded a single plane, we would spend countless hours researching artisan groups, cooperatives and NGOs, and once we arrived at our destination we would hunt down these little out-of-the-way places in order to buy ethically-made, local goods. Sitting down for a cup of tea and listening to the artisan’s story was as important to us as acquiring the object itself. The stories would capture our attention and we’d find ourselves buying multiple items to distribute to friends and family. Back home, we would retell these stories with the realization that others loved them as much as we did. We understood that for these artisans, commerce was more preferable than charity. One of the best actions we could take, to give back to the communities we were visiting or living in, would be to make these purchases with purpose.

All around the world, artisans are making gorgeous one-of-a-kind items, preserving traditional techniques, and creating high quality goods. Our goal is to provide them with access to the Canadian market and to tell their stories. Each piece we sell has been carefully selected with love, and each season we hope to present you with a well-curated, global collection of unikati. We look forward to ethically styling & responsibly adorning you!

We always love to hear from you. Shoot us an email at hello@unikati.ca