THE SEARCH FOR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MATERIALS

 

OUR EXCEPTIONAL LEATHER

(and you’re the one saying it!)

It is from the delicate touch and the deep radiance of this material that we find our inspiration and for which we fell in love.

The leather we use comes from a famous French tannery which collaborates with the most luxurious couture brands. It has joined the prestigious French certification “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” (Living Heritage Company) to recognize the excellence of its century-old know-how in leather tanning and finishing.

We have also chosen this tannery for its environmental values as well as for its commitment against animal abuse. Leather is indeed a byproduct from the food industry. Regarding the sourcing, the tannery has selected farmers in Spain and Switzerland known for their caring practices.

The exquisite quality of leather guarantees the touch, durability and exceptional visual finish of our espadrilles.

THE RIBBONS

Our pretty ribbons are woven in France by a manufacture that perpetuates rare know-how.  Like the tannery we partner with, it has been certified Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant (Living Heritage Company).

Together, we searched for the perfect material which needed to be soft, robust and ecological at the same time: linen, which has grown in the North of France was the finest material of all.

Linen threads are woven on 19th century wooden looms. It is in this unique weaving technique that our ribbons find their exceptional quality.

THE SOLE

The outsoles are crafted using traditional methods in a small workshop in the Spanish Basque Country.

They are made with natural fibers named jute. The artisans use use 18 strings instead of 10 to make our sole thicker and sturdier.

A natural rubber is added to the bottom of the sole to make them more durable and water resistant. No use of glue or chemicals are needed to make them, only natural material!

 

PERPETUATING A PRECIOUS

KNOW-HOW

 

 

Our creations come to life in a family workshop located in the heart of the Basque Country with which we have worked faithfully since our beginnings.

Our espadrilles are the expression of exceptional know-how that is passed down from generation to generation. Together, we believe in the beauty of the Handmade, the preciousness of the Unique, and the need for the Sustainable.

We are committed to supporting this French cultural heritage, along with you.

 

A responsible production model at the heart of the project

+ Handmade production of low volumes

+ No items left unsold. All of our collections are available until they are sold out.

+ No waste: our new collections are made from left-over leather.

Quality espadrilles built to last

+ Our soles are entirely formed from jute, a natural fiber. A cheaper, yet common alternative is to use a foam sole with already fraying jute glued around the edges. We also use 18 strings instead of 10 to make our sole thicker and sturdier.

+ Premium quality leather: the upper part of our espadrilles is made from the highest quality leather sourced in France. Thirty processes – a lot of them are manual processes – are needed to make our leather that soft, supple and resistant.

+ Handmade production with a special technique: the saddle stitching technique that makes the espadrilles durable through the seasons. If one string breaks, the entire shoe will not unravel like espadrilles crafted with a machine.

 

Sustainable raw materials

+ Our espadrilles are only made from natural materials such as jute, cotton, or leather.

+ The soles are made from a vegetable fiber, the jute. A natural rubber is added to the bottom of the sole to make them more durable. No use of glue or chemicals are needed. Our soles are made in the Basque Country.

+ We add an inner sole for more comfort. We added a vegetable tanned leather for the inner sole and the liner of our espadrilles.

 

Sustainable packaging

+ Our packaging (thank you cards, silk paper, stickers, shoe box, shipping box) is made from recycled paper and cardboard.

+ Ethically made in France.

Our French leather

+ Ethical leather: we source our leather from France, from a tannery that is producing a very high quality leather. The tannery has been a family business since early 1900. The third generation who is now in charge of the tannery shares our value of craftsmanship, traditions and sustainability. They have a deep attachment to their people. The fact that the factory is based in France ensures very good working conditions and wages, which is sadly very rare in this industry.

+ Upcycled material: the tannery only uses skins that are byproducts of the food industry. No animal is sacrificed for its skin. We are just transforming waste into a luxury material.

+ Traceability: the tannery works exclusively with the best cattle farms (only four) in Spain and Switzerland. Every skin is numbered for traceability matter.

+ Environmental practices: the tannery has a full pre-biological and physical-chemical treatment station which drastically reduces the waste output from their industrial activities. Once the water has been processed at the tannery, it is transfered to the local waste water treatment plant for a last treatment. The remaining contaminants are removed and the water is released in the rivers.

+ Limits: chrome is used to produce our leather in order to meet our quality standards. However, regulation regarding the use of chemicals in industrial activities is rigorous in France and many controls apply. The level of chrome in our leather also meets REACH standards. That’s why starting in 2021, all of our espadrilles will have a liner made with vegetable tanned leather. It does not cause allergies, and is safe for the environment: the waste of the tanning process is reused by the agricultural industry.