Hey you guys it's Kaley. I just wanted to share with everyone an awesome shoe company I found the other day! They're practices are really inspiring and I hope you all enjoy and appreciate the artisans' work. Check out their website here and read a little bit about their awesome shoe production below! =) (they also have a pretty cool blog attached to their site you should check out)
Osborn: Know Your Shoe
Officially launched in 2009, Osborn offers the marketplace a unique collection of handmade footwear cultivated with positivity, hope and dedication.
Co-founder Aaron Osborn, whose family runs one of the largest orphanages in Guatemala, stumbled upon the idea for Osborn in 2007 when he met an out-of-work cobbler while doing charitable work in the country. He and co-founder, Carla Venticinque, were searching for a way to combine their artistic backgrounds with their desire to uplift their adopted homeland. This search led to Osborn Shoes. That first cobbler still works with them full time, as do a small driven team of 20 other gifted artisans. Nestled in the volcanic mountains outside Guatemala City, these artisans craft shoes in a time honored old-world manufacturing environment dedicated to integrity and quality.
Osborn’s vertically integrated manufacturing practice sets them apart, establishing a work environment that is sweat-shop free, worker driven and brand focused. Each shoe is signed by its maker, as a testament to the sense of pride for the maker, as well as its wearer.
Osborn owns its own production workshop located in Guatemala. We currently have 25 artisans and 4 administrators employed full-time. We work personally with our production team to ensure high quality handcrafted shoes - entirely fair trade with locally sourced materials.
All the materials for each shoe are individually hand-cut and and each shoe is assembled by hand.
Each and every Osborn shoe represents not only a fashionable statement, but also a step in the right direction in respects to world employment and sourcing standards - we believe it is ever more important to know where your valuables come from.
Always hand cut, always hand crafted.
Insoles waiting to be finished.
This is our happy family. Photo by Carla.
Our mother's on Mother's Day.