The Base Project

Handmade Bracelets

Tribal Triumph

Bracelets from The Base Project have a distinctly African imprint. Hand carved by artisans in Namibia, the scenes showcase the local landscape in bold, abstract form.

It’s that very region that twin brothers Chris and Doug Akin wanted to help when they founded The Base Project. They have empowered two Namibian tribes, who use
traditional techniques to make these unisex accessories. The work provides an improved life, with access to healthcare and education.

Fashioned from upcycled water pipes, the virtually unbreakable plastic bracelets resemble carved bone. Striking designs reflect the winding rivers, sand dunes, and even the wildlife that has surrounded the tribes for generations. The brass bracelets are etched with the same ethnic patterns, highlighted by a rubbed finish.

The timeless scenes are more than a beautiful backdrop. Wearing them helps brighten the future of hard-working artists halfway around the world.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Chris

    The Base Project is a socially motivated fashion brand. We're based in NYC, and building a bridge between artisans in Africa and US customers. I'll be happy to answer your questions today!

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    12/22/2014 12:07 PM

    We are very excited to share with all Grommet fans our work, story, and products with an impact. Wear Your Impact!

  • Keith
    12/22/2014 12:23 PM

    @Chris - Can you clarify the sizing dimensions between small and medium? I understand the thickness measurement, but am not sure about your other two measurements. Thanks for your help!

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    12/22/2014 12:44 PM

    @Keith Hi Keith. Here you go....

    Up-Cycled Braceletes: Small = 18CM in Circumference. Medium= 20CM in Circumference.

    Brass Bracelets: Small = 5Cm in Diameter with a 1" gap at the opening. Medium= 5.7 in Diameter with a 1" gap at the opening.


    Grab a bracelet that fits you really well and use a tape measure or piece of string to measure the size, then compare to our sizes for the best possible fit.

  • Mary M
    Mary M
    12/22/2014 2:25 PM

    @Chris please give bracelet size in inches for best communication.

    Do you make a size large, or 8 3/4 inches +.

  • Wynn
    12/22/2014 2:58 PM

    @Mary M

    18 cm=7 1/16"

    20 cm=7 7/8"

    Every 1 cm = 0.393701"

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    12/22/2014 3:02 PM

    Thanks for the info, Wynn.

    Mary, currently The Grommet is only offering the bracelets in the sizes listed.

  • Chris
    Chris – Special Guest
    12/22/2014 3:41 PM

    @Mike @Mary M Thank you all for the conversions :) We'll also consider a 8 3/4 size for the future.

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