About The Catch
The Catch is a luxury lifestyle brand and product line curated by Jessica Nabongo and is inspired by the world’s 195 countries that she has explored throughout her journey of becoming the first black woman to travel to every country in the world. The Catch is a socially conscious brand for that jet-setter that is on the move who wants to evoke style and sophistication as they reach their destination or for the person who just wants to bring a piece of the world home!
In October 2019, The Catch's founder, Jessica Nabongo, became the first black woman to travel to every country in the world! Her journey took her to some of the most beautiful places on Earth, but what made her trips truly memorable were the interactions with locals. One of Jessica's favorite ways of getting to know a place is through visiting markets, as this is often the heart of local life. You get to hear the local language, see people greeting old friends, and buying food and other essentials for the day. Markets also offer some of the most amazing crafts; however, many of the artisans do not have access to a global marketplace to reach people outside of their direct communities.
Jessica started The Catch because she saw it as an opportunity to bring small pieces of the world to her customers, but also to empower artisans all over the world.
The aim of connecting artisans with a consumers outside of their local communities has become more urgent during the pandemic of 2020. While at first it seemed that Jessica had to pause her online store, she quickly realized that with the right partner, she can make a positive impact, even in these unprecedented times. We partnered with a woman-led, people-first ethical jewelry manufacturing platform built to connect artisans in Kenya with the global market. Unlike centralized factory production, they use technology to enable the human workforce. These artisans are paid a fair wage, around five times the market rates, for their work.
Our mission is to continue working towards reducing inequality and poverty, building a healthier environment, and stronger communities, through the creation of high-quality jobs with dignity and purpose.
We are proud to introduce the first pieces of our signature collection: The Lamu Ring and The Taurus Ring.
Jessica Nabongo, a Detroit-born Ugandan-American, is a wanderlust, cultural ambassador, photographer, entrepreneur, travel writer and expert whose work is dedicated to changing the travel narrative and making the travel space more inclusive. At her core, she is a dreamer looking to craft a life and career that interconnects her passions and talents. She also wants to use her story to educate and inspire others to travel and experience the world around them. Jessica is the first black woman to visit every country in the world.