Meet the duo of Research Unit

Research Unit is a luxury 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, basket weave, French linens and hand-woven wool tapestries as well as natural, vegetable tanned leather from an old family-run tannery in rural South Africa’s Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Products are designed with meticulous craftmanship and consideration for form and function.  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.



Research Unit AW20 Runway

Eunice Driver Photography | Official SAFW Collections Photographer

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