All of our kilim shoes and accessories are handmade from repurposed antique kilim rugs. We work alongside our crafts team in Turkey to source hand weaved kilim rugs that have become unsuitable for normal use, that have imperfections or are worn out in places!
All of these rugs are then cleaned and mended where possible. We cut around the unsalvageable pieces, take the beautiful sections of the rug and give them a new lease of life.
These rugs are so special, have great tales behind them and often take months to weave. You will notice on many of the bags, the different patterns and symbols, they all tell a story and we think it would be criminal to throw them away. So by making shoes and bags from them, we are preserving them for even longer!
All of the Ikat we use is also hand weaved and is made in small batches, making all of our Ikat pieces limited editions. We don’t believe in making hundreds of one thing, to maybe over produce, its not sustainable for the environment or for us as a brand. So we produce small runs of seasonal colours and styles, that will never go into a sale (unless it’s a sample sale!).
We often get asked if we will make a shoe without using leather, suitable for vegans. We would like to keep our carbon footprint to a minimum, like our kilim rugs, all of the materials we use are sourced locally. Vegan Leather is essentially PVC, one of the hardest plastics to breakdown; it’s not durable to work with and can often rub your feet! So for these reasons we will have to sit that one out sorry!
All of our shoes are handmade in a small, family run factory in Turkey. The team has been making shoes for generations and all of the workers pride themselves on their workmanship and as artisans.
Our aim is to produce fashion that can be loved and worn without having a detrimental effect on the environment and the community who produce our products. Our bags especially, we would like to think can be passed down, and continue their adventure for many years to come.
We aim to create something different, something you haven’t seen before and not everyone else is wearing. We don’t produce fast fashion here!
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