Norton and Hodges is a Charleston-based company specializing in luxury accessories inspired by Africa. Founder, Suzette Bussey, came to Charleston, South Carolina for college and never left. She met her husband there and, on their honeymoon, discovered a deep connection with Africa. Suzette was inspired to create a line of one-of-a-kind accessories that capture the style of the South and the majesty of Africa. From handbags, totes, hats, footwear and jewelry to her new line of fur collars and torques, each piece in the Norton and Hodges collection is designed to inspire and empower clients to feel beautiful.
One of the core tenets of Norton and Hodges is to Be Bold – be bold in the choices you make, be courageous in the way you live your life, believe in yourself. The other core tenet is to provide employment opportunities and economic independence for women. The company strives to employ women at every point of the value chain in Africa and in the United States. 80% of the company’s products are proudly bench-crafted by a team of female artisans in Savannah, Georgia.
Norton and Hodges is committed to working with small family farms in Texas, South Africa and Namibia committed to conservation and sustainability through a set of protocols that are practiced both in-house and in the field. The company opposes the inhumane treatment of animals and adheres to the highest ethical standards in the sourcing of any fur and feathers. No endangered or threatened species are used in any Norton and Hodges products.
The company has a goal to have 100% traceability from farm to design by the end of 2020, and to have zero waste in that same time frame.