The Lydia represents our ongoing quest to further the intentionality of our clothing and shoes. 100% of the profits of each purchase is sent to a cause of choice.
This month's Cause an Effect choices selected by our #ShareThePlatformSlowFashion guest are:
-Farms to Grow: A nonprofit organization dedicated to working with Black farmers and underserved sustainable farmers around the country. Farms To Grow, Inc. is committed to sustainable farming and innovative agriculture practices which preserve the cultural and biological diversity, the agroecological balance of the local environment. Their mission is to assist African American farmers and other under-served farmers/gardeners maintain and create sustainable farms and spaces to grow food and motivate the next generation of farmers to grow sustainably and with the community in mind.
Small Business Support- We aim to expand access to ethically handmade goods and support small businesses. Typically, we will purchase a gift card from the small business in this month's Sharing The Platform feature to be raffled off on our Instagram platform. This month, our Sharing the Platform guest: Aliya Wanek has chosen to send the support they would receive to Cafe Dureya: A family owned Ethiopian food supply store in Oakland with vegan and gluten-free take-out. They started a GoFundMe page to help cover current expenses as they had to temporarily close due to a family member battling lung cancer and the shelter-in-place ordinance.
Custom: The Lydia is currently available in all our leathers, if you do not see your leather, please contact us.
To order a custom leather version of these shoes, please visit here
Character: This leather is a beautifully luxurious hair on cow leather meticulously dyed and tanned in Italy. It is soft, spongy, thick, and cozy. For shoes, the leather contracts quite a bit once the last is removed, so a very snug initial fit is recommended to allow it to stretch well. Hair on leather is not what is considered "Fur". It is cow leather where the hair is not removed (as in typical leathers).
Hair on leathers are print dyed on the surface of the hair, so edges where the hair has been cut can have variation in the look of the print.
Care: It is best to use a suede brush or a damp cloth.
This leather is sourced from a family run company in Barcelona. All of their leather is tanned within Europe, using European steer. This particular one is tanned in Italy with strict European standards by one of the premiere tanneries specializing in hair on cow leathers.
There are inherent variations in natural leathers, handmade manufacturing, and local sourcing. Color and texture variations can vary within the same hide. Different monitors can also display colors differently. You may indicate any preferences in tone or texture in the Notes to Shoemaker section if you are looking for something specific so we can do our best to accomodate.
For our other leathers, check out our Current Leather offerings here