Jessica Perkins from English Lass in LA just share her opinion about our wool slippers Chilote Feet.
Along the lines of my recent posts highlighting ethical brands that I love, in this post I’m pleased to introduce Chilote Shoes, which makes outlandishly cosy (and sustainable) wool slippers. I’m sitting in a drafty hotel lobby in Vail, Colorado typing this blog entry and wearing them right now.
My last pair of slippers fell apart over Christmas, giving me the perfect opportunity to try out Chilote Feet. Living in LA, I don’t need a big pair of slippers in the UGG boot style. However, when I’m studying at home all day, I do get a bit chilly and like to layer up. These slippers are well-insulated and provide good ventilation so my feet are warm but can still “breathe.”
One of the things I like about Chilote Shoes is that each pair is made sustainably from 100% natural Patagonian sheep’s wool. The wool for each slipper is hand spun which is then hand knit by independent artisans through an ethical production co-op system. The creation of these slippers helps sustain a unique craft and culture and allows woman living in vulnerable situations and remote areas a means of income.
Another thing I like about these slippers, is that each pair includes a unique QR code containing the geo-location for the artisan who made the shoes. I love when companies share information like this, kind of like a jeweler leaving their personal hallmark. There are 50 different women that make Chilote Shoes; they live in four different locations in Patagonia: Frutillar, Calcurrupe, Osorno and Puerto Varas. My slippers are from Osorno.
As well as the slippers, I’ve been rocking, Chilote also offers a house shoe and the cutest booties (called Chilote Baby), for the little ones. The house shoe is slighting more robust with a durable salmon-leather sole. The leather is locally sourced and upcycled from discarded fish skin by the fishing industry.
Finally, the materials are environmentally friendly and preserve the life of the product. Chilote styles come with extra wool to either personalise your shoes or mend them to preserve their life. Both of the materials used are locally and naturally sourced which means all of their shoes can be composted and this keeps their carbon footprint down.
Project Pangaia, has written an interesting post about our positive impact project…
Chilote Shoes is an unstoppable brand that 100% embodies the philosophy of Factory-Free and Slow-Made methods. Founded in Chile’s Patagonia the mission behind Chilote Shoes is to provide responsible products for consumers, such as the ethical wool slippers created by artisans in Patagonia, in order to empower indigenous communities to preserve their unique culture and community.
“The main inspiration for this product was the local social and a material resource available in the Chilean Patagonia. We could not have designed this product in a studio in any major city as the discoveries and opportunities identified a direct result of our interaction and relationship with the local culture, communities, and industry.”
“As Co-Founders, initially, we did not set out to develop a line of sustainable footwear, far from it. Francisca and I (Stiven) met while working on related social design projects in the small town of Puerto Varas, known as the gateway to the Chilean Patagonia. At the time, we had both identified the growing adverse effects of globalization in the local community. Together we developed a strong interest to further understand these social implications and decided to act. After many iterations and unsuccessful experiments, Chilote Shoes was born.
Our intention is to leverage the power of creative problem solving, often described as “design thinking,” to make a positive impact for people and the planet. In practical terms, this means enabling more inclusive and responsible ways to co-create mutual value through business.”
Chilote Shoes are gorgeous positive impact wool slippers, handmade in Patagonia through a coop system of ethical production.
There is no factory and therefore, each pair is made “slow” with care and pride by independent artisan women doing what they know and love: knitting.
“The slippers were co-created with the local community to empower and sustain a unique culture and craft. They are harnessing the history and heritage of the artisan women in Patagonia to not only provide a fair wage system of creating an income but also to tell their story. Chilote also prides themselves on their partnership with the artisans and their craft in Patagonia. They work independently, orchestrating their local network and production, which is an integral part of the high-quality standards of their products.”
“What is even more exciting is that when you purchase Chilote Shoes, you connect directly with the woman who made them through the QR codes. The product codes link to the artisan group you are supporting who crafted your unique pair showing their geo-location in Patagonia.
Chilote Shoes is providing women with something beautiful, the opportunity to champion ethical working environments and gain access to fair wages, community, and a future.”
Read the original article at https://projectpangaia.com/2017/01/31/chilote-shoes/
We would like to share an interview about the Chilote Shoes founders by Conscious Magazine:
Through the founding of fashion forward enterprise, Chilote Shoes, Francisca Appacel and Stiven Kerestegian are transforming the lives of artisan women while keeping their vibrant heritage alive in Patagonia. The Conscious team had the privilege of interviewing the Denmark-based Founders, to learn about their inspiration, ‘made slow’ philosophy, and how they are part of an emerging class of designers that are building unique brands of sustainability and empowerment.
…If you read most of my posts, you know I love a brand who makes being at home extra cozy. My feet are always cold, and never without socks or shoes. When I put Chilote’s wool slippers on for the first time I became instantly hooked. These little guys are like walking on warm pillows & will treat you right all winter long. Besides their ultra-comfiness & practicality, they have an amazing mission behind them, as well – one I know you conscious consumers will appreciate greatly! Chilote’s Wool Slippers are handmade by independent artisan women in Patagonia through a co-op system of ethical production. Each pair is made with a lot love, and helps sustain culture & its unique craft. When I first started my ethical clothing journey 5 years ago, I fell in love with the idea of preserving artisans’ crafts. Naturally, Chilote is a brand I can get behind 100% & one I wish I knew years ago!
Leotie Lovely, has written a beautiful peace about our Sustainable Biodegradable Slippers
“…As winter winds begin to show their strength through the sunny streets of Paris, my Canadian soul searches for familiar signs of warmth in clothing made up of knitted fibres as is custom where I come from. The most ecological way to stay warm is to layer up – not turn the heat up – a lesson my mother drilled into us from day one.
Our apartment in Paris has beautiful hardwood floors which are wonderfully cool in the summer but become even more so as weather turns cold. While I’ve learned to trade my pjs in at morning’s light for a more suitable set of stretchy apparel and leave the house each morning to attend French class, the rest of my day is spent hunched over a computer in a uniform of sweatpants, tshirt, a knit sweater, and sometimes an ancient passed down fur (I don’t condone new production of fur but do condone heritage antiques passed down as it disrespects the animal to destroy or discard the fur they unwillingly donated to human decoration or warmth). Up until recently, I was wearing a pair of wool socks which have had a hole in the heal since 2014, and thus they weren’t really all that warm. I was missing a simple pair of slippers like I grew up with in Canada, something I could easily walk around in (without slipping) and something which would genuinely keep me warm. In Denmark where I lived part-time for a few years people even had hjemmesko (home shoes) available for guests who visited in the winter months (the Scandinavians do cosy well) so they might have cosy feet too.
I searched for some last winter in the gear up to Christmas as my mum had requested a pair, but failed to find any that were suitable and met my moral requirements. This year however, a brand called @chiloteshoes got in touch with cosy creations which were not only eco and ethical, but made a positive impact on the world and the community in which the slippers are made…”