Fashion Revolution Week 24th-30th April | #whomademyclothes
April 21, 2017
“About 60 pairs of hands are involved in making a pair of boots. From conception to hand-finished product.”
This week is Fashion Revolution week and we are supporting their global campaign to change the way clothing is sourced, produced and purchased. A revolution that loves fashion but not at the cost of people or the planet. As a small family business we want to inspire people to think about the fashion and footwear they have in their lives by designing a collection of beautifully considered shoes and boots, each with a story to tell as well as a practical purpose. For customers this means making a choice to buy better quality, less often, knowing where their purchases are from and who has made them.
Our boots and shoes are all individually handcrafted in a family-run factory in Elche, Spain, an area steeped in shoe history. We are committed to the traditional methods of shoe manufacture to give vibrancy and meaning to our collection. Choosing classic design over passing trends and using the finest materials and traditional methods of pattern-making to create beautiful timeless pieces.
The world of shoemaking is one that requires great craftsmanship, time and creativity. From the first sketch, to the complex calculations of a hand-carved wooden last and the final polishing and packing stages of the production line. It is all done by skilled hand, every step of the way, for each individual pair of shoes or boots. We spoke to Jose Vicente, the general manager of the factory about why he makes shoes for a living.
How did you get into footwear production?
This is a family business, my father (José Padre) started working in the local cobblers in Elche as a young boy. He is still involved in the production but I have now taken over the general management of the factory.
How many hands is a pair of shoes passed through before it gets to the customer?
About 60 pairs of hands are involved in making a pair of boots. From conception to hand-finished product.
What is your favourite thing about making shoes?
The product development side of the business, we bring new designs to life. A linear sketch becomes a beautiful 3D boot or shoe.
What is it that makes Spanish shoes so special?
They are handcrafted and made with love!
Describe the town of Elche in 3 words.
Footwear, palm trees and sunshine!
Because we know what goes into each pair of shoes we try to make sure that every pair is well looked after all the way along the supply chain. We are always happy to try and get things repaired and rejuvenated or to find a good home for any pairs that come back to us.
We love what we do and aspire to make a difference, no matter how big or small.
Take a look at www.fashionrevolution.org to see what is happening in your local area, or to host your own event.