PRODUCTION + SUSTAINABILITY
We create all our slippers, garments and accessories from what leather industry mass production discards.
From our HQ on the Sussex coast, we create simple, flexible designs that can be adapted to a broad range of materials – from offcuts to seconds, metallic to patent leather finishes. Working closely with small ateliers, our designs are then handmade in Istanbul, where we also source our materials from Turkey’s large, international leather sector.
As with fast-fashion, the leather sector creates a great deal of waste. A natural product such as sheepskin is a non-standard material and may have many variables such as wool sheen and density, blemishes or suppleness from one piece to the next – think 'wonky veg'! But the usefulness and beauty of such leather and sheepskin is not diminished… it’s just what makes each piece naturally unique. Other reasons for production wastage can be cancelled orders, design alterations, changes in colour trends…
Wherever possible we prioritise the use of sheepskin offcuts ahead of seconds and deadstock. We continue to develop all-natural products such as our sheepskin throws and cushion covers. Our PATIQ slipper model is also made using only sheepskin, leather and traditionally hand-made wool felt.
We are currently only intermittently able to source industry seconds for our EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) slipper soles but are working to secure a constant supply to avoid using new materials. Although designed to have long lifespans, we hope to set up a repair service for our UK customers soon to ensure maximum longevity for all our products.
Our STRIPE and TRIANGLE patterned cushion covers are a good example of our aims uniting in one design/product – we use waste leather and sheepskin to create them, including our own rug and throw offcuts, and we encourage our customers to use their old pillows to fill them rather than buy new cushion pads.
We try to use what we find as we find it – wherever possible nothing is further dyed or treated.