About Us

Designed and owned by two Portuguese entrepreneurs currently living in Chicago, Hoshi Collective was founded in 2018. Both founders lived and traveled in different countries over the past 13 years, and the Hoshi concept was inspired by experiences from all those different countries.

Rute Ribeiro Martins and Sonia Afonso, Hoshi Collective Founders

During their life journey across three continents, they developed a strong interest in how traditions are preserved, and how the cultural heritage are passed on from generation to generation. Through Hoshi the founders want to move from observing, to becoming an active conduit of cultural preservation.

Combining Rute's passion for a more sustainable lifestyle to Sonia's interest in cultural preservation, Hoshi Collective is born.

Why the name “Hoshi Collective”?

Hoshi (星) means Star in Japanese. For the Hoshi founders, having lived in multiple countries, our Star is a unifying element. Independently of where we are in the world, we all look at the same Sun (日).

Combining tradition-rich know-how, innovative design and quality, Hoshi collective aims to create timeless pieces for women, who are looking to define their own style, sourcing from cultures around the world.

Each product is developed having in mind the transmission of a craft, respecting a sustainable and ethical approach that strengthens the preservation of a traditional craft.

Doing Good / Ways of Working

We are also focused in impacting many lives, through their ways of working, so with every purchase they give back 1% of each sale to a non-profit organization.