Research Unit is a travel and lifestyle brand based in Cape Town. Founded by husband-and-wife team Chad and Erin-Lee Petersen, the sustainably produced range uses the finest materials available on the continent. This includes cotton canvas, basketweave, French linens, hand-woven wool tapestries as well as natural, vegetable-tanned leather from an old family-run tannery in South Africa’s rural Kwa-Zulu Natal Province. The brand’s sustainability ethos permeates all aspects of its business including the people it employs and the community it supports. Many of their highly skilled artisans originally come from disadvantaged communities and benefit from ongoing training and up-skilling.