Our business model and ethos is built on intentionality, transparency and conscious creation. The business of shoemaking has not traditionally been lauded as an overly sustainable one - yet, we are committed to doing our part, dedicated to improving and doing better where possible.
We design with sustainability and purpose front of mind. Every decision in our design process reflects our commitment to the environment, knowing our responsibility extends to the entire lifecycle of a shoe. Because we make and source locally, we can hold small quantities of materials and components. Any unused elements are simply incorporated into future collections.
MADE TO ORDER
We primarily make to order. We only create a small amount of stock at the beginning of each season for customers to try on in our store, then all shoes are made to order throughout the season. Being a small team and making locally, we can offer a 3-4 week turnaround time. This means we don't discount or dispose, as we rarely have excess stock.
Making in Melbourne is important to us as it keeps the local industry alive and supports our community of talented makers. It means we can offer quick turnarounds, in house repairs, customisations, and be responsive to our customers. At our Abbotsford factory we are continually seeking to minimise our impact on the environment through recycling, reusing composting, and donating to people in need.
We source most of our materials locally. Our leathers are mostly dead stock of other factories that have ended up in Australia and bound for landfill. Our accessories and trims come from a local supplier, whose warehouse is full of leftover parts from when the Melbourne shoemaking industry thrived. Our boxes are made in Dandenong, and our rubber soles are made to order in Adelaide.
VEGETABLE TANNED LEATHER
Where we need a consistent and ongoing supply of leather, we try to use vegetable tanned leathers where possible. Vegetable tanning is the most traditional and recognisable method of tanning leather. It is also the most environmentally friendly, using natural tannins from woods, barks, fruits, and leaves to colour the leather (rather than the chrome and chemical tanning methods that are more widely used today).
We believe we are responsible for what we produce - and we are committed to creating timeless shoes that last. As such, we offer repairs and refurbishments in house that extend the life of our shoes, ensuring they can be worn and loved for many years to come.
Our online orders are shipped with carbon neutral shipping via Sendle. Our shoes are sent in cardboard packaging produced in Dandenong, and smaller items in 100% biodegradable and compostable shipping satchels.