Le Retro Chocolat Suede
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We believe a very important part of the brand experience is not only the product itself, but everything else that the brand stands for and proactively does to shape the industry and make the world a better, more livable place. This is why we think it is important that you can take your time if you want to know more about what we stand for in terms of sustainability.
The Pre-order model enables us to sustainably meet supply and demand, avoiding waste and extra stocks at the end of the season. We can adjust manufacturing needs and quantities to what your taste really is, and this leads to an almost zero stock scenario at the end of each season. This way we can move onto the next season light and fresh and we ensure no stocks are accumulated. Waste and stock accumulation is one of the red flags of the fashion industry and this is our alternative way to that, because we believe that what we do must contribute to a cleaner world, not the other way around.
We believe in honest, transparent and stable pricing all year round. We don’t believe in generating anxiety or stress to drive sales because we believe in thoughtful consumption. We don’t support greenwashing as a marketing mechanism to portrait brand practices in a dishonest way. Quality and luxury not only come from the product that you are purchasing, but also from everything that surrounds that brand.
When the project was born, we spent one year scouting and visiting different factories until we found the right ones. One of the biggest impacts we can have in the industry is by being very responsible on where we manufacture, thus differentiating ourselves from the mass-market brands that manufacture overseas. We only work with Spanish manufacturers that are regulated, keep a safe and clean environment for their team and don't use harmful materials like certain types of chrome, glue, and other chemicals. Legal working schedules are kept strictly and salaries are fair. Long-lasting is at the core of our values and that also stands for our people and partners. You can read more about our manufacturers here.
CARBON FOOTPRINT AND LOCAL SOURCING
By sourcing local, not only when it comes to the manufacturer but also the raw material suppliers, and other stakeholders and partners, we ensure the minimum carbon footprint is attributed to each product we make and sell. Almost every material comes from suppliers in Spain, Portugal, Italy and some from the rest of Europe. All of them have a direct relationship with us and are audited either by us or by our manufacturer. The travel of those materials to Spain is made by road, not air, also reducing the footprint it generates.
We are very strict when it comes to raw materials and sourcing anything. From organic cotton to plant-based leather and Leather-Working-Group certified leather, we make our path to a less polluted world. You can read our full materials description here.
Our artisan manufacturers are based in the town of Elche (Alicante) in Spain, where the magic happens. Home of the shoe cult with worldwide recognition for its craftsmanship and quality, we always aim to push an extra mile in technology and edgy new materials and comfort.
We only work with Spanish manufacturers that are regulated, keep a safe and clean environment for their team and don't use harmful materials like certain types of chrome, glue, and other chemicals. Legal working schedules are kept strictly and salaries are fair. Long-lasting is at the core of our values and that also stands for our people and partners.
HEELED BOOTS AND SANDALS FACTORY
Number of employees: 88
Founded in: 1966
Location: Elche, Spain
This manufacturer is known for its knowledge and experience in heels, both for winter and summer styles. Their attention to detail, lets us imagine and develop complex designs and achieve the desired result. The factory is led by the second generation of entrepreneurs that make world-class shoes and control all the processes in-house from cutting to stitching to lasting, for every pair of shoes.
TRACK BOOTS, COWBOY AND FLATS FACTORY
Number of employees: 35
Founded in: 1973
Location: Elche, Spain
This manufacturer is a legendary boot maker for more than 49 years now. Jose, son of the founder and member of the second generation is now at the lead of the factory. Extremely experienced in boots, their specialties are cowboy boots, from more simple to very complicated ones, and also track boots too. In summer we keep the factory going with many of the flats we make.
THE STUDIO - SCARFS & BLANKETS
Number of employees: 11
Founded in: 1930
Location: La Rioja, Spain
This manufacturer has been working with the best natural fibers with which skilful experts do magic to transform into blankets and accessories. They are the only Mohair manufacturers that remain in Spain. Their care in making each piece goes by analysing thoroughly every detail in every step of the process. All the production is done in-house and it's been this way from generation to generation.
They have national and international certificates that prove their way of working regarding the commitment with traditional methods, the quality and the respect for the environment.
MADE BY WOMEN FOR WOMEN
In a mostly men-ruled footwear industry, where women's needs are supposedly scrutinised and solved by men, we found there was a huge gap on how things were made. Who could imagine and develop best a product for us girls, than a team of us?
This is why many of us are involved in the creation process but also in the manufacturing of our products. Made by women for women means empowerment and fellowship from start to finish of everything we do: from drawing a sample mock-up at the office to the stitching of a pair of sandals in the atelier.
Free shipping and exchanges for US and EU orders. US all taxes included.
Orders outside EU may be subject to taxes and duties and the receiver is responsible to cover them.
If you are not satisfied with your order, you can return it within 14 days of receipt if unworn and with original tags. Candles, scarves and socks can't be returned for hygienic reasons. You can ready the full policy here.
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