Leather Sandals to provide economic opportunities for indigenous women

 Image of Indigenous women at the Rationshed Museum in Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia where we will be starting our production studio

Image of Indigenous women at the Rationshed Museum in Cherbourg, Queensland, Australia where we will be starting our production studio

We decided to start our brand of leather sandals in part because we wanted to create a vehicle that allowed vulnerable communities, in particular women, to become economically independent. After working for several months to make this happen, we were finally given the go-ahead yesterday to start training women in Cherbourg, Queensland.  We want our products to be produced ethically, sustainably and are socially responsible. But what does that really mean? It means that we use leather that is harvested as ethically as possible in a way that is sustainable for the animals and environment. We use leathers that are treated in a way that does not negatively impact the environment or the people that work with it. Finally, we are creating our own production studio where our leather sandals will be handmade and our craftspeople will be paid and treated fairly. We know that it is possible to create products that are chic but also responsible. 

Monica Arce Garcia