Apr 05, 2017 39

Slow Fashion & The Art of Shoemaking

The Slow Movement was pioneered by Carlo Petrini and his protest against the opening of a McDonald's restaurant in Piazza di Spagna, Rome in 1986. Over time, this developed into a subculture in other areas such as fashion, art, leisure and lifestyle.

Slow fashion is about designing, producing, consuming and living better. Slow fashion is not time-based but quality-based (which has some time components). Slow is not the opposite of fast – there is no dualism – but a different approach in which designers, buyers, retailers and consumers are more aware of the impacts of products on workers, communities and ecosystems.”
 - Kate Fletcher, Eco Textiles Consultant and Author.

Some examples of slow fashion practices include:

  • Opposing and boycotting mass-produced "fast fashion" or "McFashion").
  • Choosing artisan products to support smaller businesses, fair trade and locally-made clothes.
  • Buying secondhand or vintage clothing and donating unwanted garments.
  • Choosing clothing made with sustainable, ethically-made or recycled fabrics.
  • Choosing quality garments that will last longer, transcend trends (a "classic" style), and be repairable.
  • Slowing the rate of fashion consumption: buying fewer clothes less often.

Our design and manufacturing process is inspired by this notion of slow fashion. It allows us to build trusting and lasting relationships with our artisans who can continue to showcase their skills and traditional crafting methods to a global audience. By investing in handcrafted shoes, our customers are helping build local economies and provide fair and sustainable conditions for the craftsmen.

By choosing quality materials, paired with timeless and ‘classic’ shoe designs, we hope our customers will be able to keep our shoes for years to come and repair them when needed.