1 Flying to Haiti with Terry Lundgren, the CEO of Macy's
2 The first glimpse of the island, which Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic
3 A muddy river runs through the Haitian countryside on the approach to Port au Prince.
4 The sprawling city of the capital of Haiti
5 Industrial portions border the residential and commercial areas of the city.
6 After landing, we were given a briefing by Willa Shalit, who has done a lot of good work with the artisans in Haiti and elsewhere.
7 Hannah Milman, our head of all things 'crafts' at MSLO, came with me to see what we might be able to do.
8 Traveling through Port-au-Prince to artisans village of Crois-des-Bouquets, there was obvious poverty, disarray, and a great deal of devastation - the result of the great earthquake, which occurred on January 12th, 2010.
9 Roadside stands abound.
10 Many world-wide organizations have been helping with the relief efforts, but due to the great number of disasters and wars elsewhere in the world, repairs have been very slow and improvement even slower.
11 We were well-guided in the craft villages and elsewhere. Here we are entering one of the famous artisan's ateliers.
12 Rachel Roy - fashion designer and philanthropist - also went on the trip. She found many artists who could provide goods to Macy's.
13 These are sequined and beaded voudou flags, designed by Jean Baptiste, and carefully executed by men artisans in the studio
14 The artist, Jean Baptiste
15 Iconographic designs tell stories, both old and new
16 Daily life depicted simply and evocatively - these tapestries are really works of art.
17 Rachel and I found many small tapestries that could be turned into pillow covers and wall hangings.
18 Two artisans showed us how the beading was done.
19 This young boy was quite adept.
20 Such beautiful work!
21 The fabric is held taut on a wooden stretcher, while needles piece and string the beads in place.
22 Terry, Rachel, and I chose many samples.
23 A closeup of the artist's 'signature'
24 A very attractive mural
25 A good portrait of me, Jean Baptiste, Rachel, and Terry
26 The designs are drawn using the artist's templates, allowing multiples of the same design to be created. Of course, each is original because the beaders, themselves, are artists, choosing the beads and colors.
27 As you can see, the work is intricate and colorful.
28 The artist's beaders are very proud of their work.
29 This is for the American who wants a very patriotic tapestry.
30 Hand-carved river soapstone hearts and other beautiful objects from the village of Cormier - Importing these carvings into the United States provides steady income for dozens of carvers.
31 More whimsical and voudou art
32 PeaceQuilts is a non-profit humanitarian organization relieving poverty in Haiti by establishing and supporting independent women's quilting cooperatives.
33 In addition to the line of textiles sold through Macy's Heart of Haiti collection, PeaceQuilts markets their one-of-a-kind art quilts in the United States. They currently work with approximately 100 women organized into 7 cooperatives.
34 Sister Angela, in the blue wimple, is the leader of PeaceQuilts in Cite Soleil, where women create exquisite expressions of their love for Haiti through fabric patches.
35 Each quilt is signed by those who made it.
36 We continued our tour and met many more artisans and crafters.
37 We also met US Ambassador Merten.
38 Posing with Willa Shalit, Susan Merten, and her daughter
39 This is Serge Jolimaeu, an extraordinary metal artisan. He is among the dozens of metal artists who sell their crafts at tiny workshops in Croix-des-Bouquets.
40 Terry and I being interviewed along with Rony Jacques - another metal artist - and Serge Jolimaeu
41 Our trip was well-documented by the press.
42 The work of Jacques Rony - These magnificent pieces are formed from steel oil drums.
43 A closer look
44 And another
45 Rachel was drawn to these metal wrist cuffs.
46 Oil drum jewelry
48 Oil drum platters
49 Another beautiful platter
50 A group shot of the other metal artisans in this village
51 With Serge Jolimaeu in his atelier - Inspired by blacksmiths in his neighborhood, Serge is a master artist who creates metal art from steel oil drums. He has trained many of the best metal artisans in Haiti.
52 Such large and wonderful pieces
53 A fabulous chair - perfect for an outdoor terrace!
54 Remarkable detail
55 So sweet
56 A mermaid headboard
57 Another large piece
58 This was quite a gallery.
59 After touring the artisans village, drove to the badly damaged Presidential Palace and met with President Michel Martelly, who explained that he wants 'investment, and not charity for his country.'
60 He also said that although the Presidential Palace is still very badly damaged, he will be spending money only on the people of Haiti and not worry about repairing the palace.