Chie Mihara Has Arrived!
February 27 2012 @ 12:00:00 PM
Chie Mihara has arrived! As promised this collection is full of warmth and beauty unlike any before. We are completely in love with the lighter silhouette of these little gems, it feels very fresh.
While these shoes can pretty much speak for themselves, to see them in person is something quite spectacular, so drop by the shop to check them out for yourself!
Vigor - esmerelda red $345
Verve - electric blue $345
Vernay - summer's blush $345
Xeroco - moroccan brown $340
Also available: Jintoni - black $330 and Nerito - black $365
Handcrafted in Spain
February 23 2012 @ 12:00:00 PM
More styles in the shop now!
Handcrafted in Europe
February 18 2012 @ 12:00:00 PM
One of our new favourite handcraft labels is Osborn. Not only does this amazing brand have a beautiful creative vision, they also have an inspiring approach to craftsmanship and design.
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 Osborn, were searching for a way to combine humanitarian efforts with a fashion project. This search led to Osborn Shoes.
All the materials for each shoe are individually hand-cut and each shoe is hand assembled by skilled craftsmen. Osborn’s vertically integrated manufacturing practice establishes 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.
While we dont have any preview shots of the shoes soon to come, we have managed to source some inspiration images from their blog . The richness of colours and textures in these photos taken in Guatemala City are exquisite. And if you're anything like us they will have you brimming with excitement for what they are bringing us for spring!
February 13 2012 @ 12:00:00 PM
We're excited to introduce a wonderful new accessory line to Umeboshi! While we instantly fell in love with the raw yet sophisticated feel and brilliant use of colours of these hand crafted bangles, it was the concept behind KORA that really touched us.
KORA merges the luxury market and sustainable business development so that both may benefit from the unique offerings of the other. Each hand made piece is crafted from recycled materials found and used by local artisans in African developing communities. By paying fair prices for product they provide the artisans with the crucial capital to build their businesses.
These incredible Ruma Bangles are made from the horn of Ankole, an African indigenous cow that is used in the agriculture industry. These horns that are normally discarded as by-product are now being "rescued" and transformed into beautiful and unique natural art. The brass wrapping is created by repurposing industrial wires sourced from Kenya and is crafted by hand in a workshop in Haruma, Nairobi.
Ruma Bangles $48 - $52 available in primary yellow, rose and natural (not shown).
February 6 2012 @ 10:00:00 AM
We're just so excited about the Spring/Summer collections this year that we couldn't help but leak a little preview! We're so in love with the incredible colour combination and vintage feel of these Chie Mihara heels. Like all of her designs we know they will be comfortable; ideal for a Sunday stroll or dancing the evening away at an early spring wedding. Along with many other amazing styles, these lovely shoes are due to arrive this week!
Stop by the shop to see all the beautiful styles that are starting to trickle in.
See you soon!
February 4 2012 @ 5:30:00 PM
We've just done the final round of markdowns! There are still some great transitional styles, perfect for now or into warmer weather. It's also the last 2 weeks of our clearance sale!