Irish-born Penny fell in love with Kenya’s authentic nature
and settled in the country in 1997.
Originally a costume maker for film and theatre, Penny has worked in The Royal Opera House, The Royal Shakespeare Company and on Hollywood movies including The Constant Gardener and The Last King of Scotland. It is her love of bringing together different, often unassuming, items such as cow horn, rough stones and brass with silver, rubies and other gems that eventually led her to set up her own business in Kenya.
Penny’s vision was to turn beautiful raw, African materials into something worth wearing and she sources all of her materials herself. She is often to be found bumping along the dusty back streets of Nairobi on her mountain bike looking for unusual objects or working alongside Kikuyu horn carvers and Kamba stone setters who help her achieve her striking accessories. Many hands pull together to create one of-a- kind items that are as unique as the materials that they are made from. The journey of creating each piece is as beautiful as the finished article.
Since its initial launch in 1997, the Penny Winter business has grown into two separate entities - The Penny Winter Studio, which collaborates with other designers and organisations and Penny’s Personal Collection where she allows her creativity to run free. Both feature rings, bracelets, bangles, necklaces, earrings, clutches and handbags and fans of her pieces include Michelle Obama, Princess Caroline of Monaco, Gwyneth Paltrow and Helena Christensen who have all been snapped in Penny Winter wares.