We are Svetlana, Joseph, Dan & Alex, and this is our story.
Founded in 2013, originally as Medicine River Soap Co., JOSEPH HENRY 1895 is an Apothecary and Store of everyday mindful and simple goods inspired by nature, traditional craftsmanship and family heritage.
WHY JOSEPH HENRY 1895?
This story started in 1895 when having sold his few worldly possessions, Joseph (our great grandfather) traveled across the ocean from the Baltics to the shores of South Africa. He journeyed on covering over 1000 miles of rugged terrain with a friend, horse, compass, pistol and dreams of a better life in a new land to later set up an outpost supplying nomads and adventurers.
Joseph and his son Henry – a boxer, a mining engineer and a Hurricane fighter pilot during WW2 are the original adventurers behind the brand "Joseph Henry 1895".
We hope that one day, we too, will be able to have an outpost/general store and apothecary to offer you high quality handcrafted goods, inspired by stories of adventure. Goods that would be used, worn and loved, and passed from one generation to another, intrinsically connecting us to the past.
Thank you for supporting our family in this beautiful journey!
Svetlana, Joseph, Dan & Alex.