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Dondoks is a Franco-Mexican-Brasilian Shoebrand and the beautiful story of two friends who met through their common passion for dancing
Dondoks is a Franco-Mexican-Brasilian Shoebrand and the beautiful story of two friends who met through their common passion for dancing
78 backers pledged €21,320 to help bring this project to life.

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The idea of Dondoks sandals was first brainstormed back in 2015 as our co-founder Carmen Cerrillo was travelling to Spain. She was looking for a pair of nice colorful sandals, but she couldn’t find anything she liked. She thought how nice it would be to have a pair of cute, comfortable and stylish sandals for summer. After returning to Paris, she shared the idea with her best friend Charlotte who had just graduated from a renowned Parisian fashion school. Together they realized it was time to create a product that would combine high quality materials with beautiful and feminine designs. Fast forward two years, and they are proud to announce the launch of Dondoks.

“We have been working on this project for almost two years now, and it took us a long time to find the right manufacturer who would understand exactly what we had in mind and who would be willing to work with a young brand. As a matter of fact, we were looking for a traditional and handmade “savoir-faire”. We knew that in Europe, France and Italy are well-know in the shoe industry for luxury handmade products, but we had also heard that Brazil’s history in high-quality shoe production could be the perfect solution for two girls coming from Latin America. “

THE COLLECTION: "CANDY RAINBOW"  

Dondoks is a melting pot of everything we share: our culture, our trips together, and our lives as ballet dancers and showgirls in Paris.

Our main inspiration for our first collection was our common latino roots, combining beautiful colors together and honoring the art of hand-braided leather. We are also very attached to aesthetics and flattering lines: we’ll dress your feet up with ankle bracelets, lace ups, and organza blossoms. We created 4 models in 4 different colorblocking duos, to bring style and fun to your summer outfits: as feminine as your favourite stilettos with the comfort of flats.

Four sandals models:

1) MELY "Bondage open toe sandals"

100% genuine leather Back zipper closure Braided leather straps 

Available in 4 colors: Black & White / Red & Flamingo / Blue & Esmerald / Nude

2) JAJA "Open toe sandals"

100% genuine leather Organza Petals Adjustable buckle closure HANDMADE

Available in 4 colors: Black & White / Red & Flamingo / Blue & Esmerald / Nude

3) LETY: One toe/ankle bracelet sandals

100% genuine leather Around the ankle buckle closure Braided straps HANDCRAFTED 

Available in 4 colors: Black & White / Red & Flamingo / Blue & Esmerald / Nude

4) FRIDA: Pointy toe ballerina

100% genuine leather Organza petals Braided tie up laces 

Available in 4 colors: Black & White / Red & Flamingo / Blue & Esmerald / Nude 

                                                    SHOES YOURS!!!

THE PACKAGING

Packaging is also something we wanted to do special. As shoes are an accessory that we love we make sure they are properly taking care of with proper materials: recycled carton and silk soft bag.

 

THE PRODUCTION: "Handmade in Sunny Brazil with love"

Brazilian shoe production originated in the 1820s in the Southern and Southeastern states of Brazil, with German and Italian immigrants coming to Brazil and bringing with them their culture of leather craftsmanship. But it was not until the late 1800s that a consumer market for shoes was really created, when the first tanneries and machinery manufacturing businesses started to appear, thus enabling the manufacturing process to become more industrialized.

In 2013, the entire Brazilian national production is divided as follows:

Slippers and sandals - 56,5% Synthetic fibres - 15,2% Leather footwear - 12,6% Sport shoes - 8,5% Shoes made of other materials - 7,2%

“We found our factory, in the region of Porto Alegre, renowned for its knowhow in shoemaking, where many premium European brands already have their productions. Everything is carefully handcrafted, and for our first collection we wanted something original in the design but with natural materials. That's why everything is made out of leather, from SOLE to TOE. There are also little touches of light organza, as a tribute to our past as ballet dancers.”

 THE PRICING & PROMISE:

Dondoks sandals are designed to instill exotic style and fun to your outfit, while raising consumer awareness of the production and sales processes. All products are handmade with love in sunny Brazil by leather artisans, and combine beautiful designs and local production, far from the modern mass-market way of consumption.

- Quality: We spent a lot of time finding the best artisans in Brazil that have the materials, the facilities and the experience to create a premium shoe. We spared no expense to make sure that you will get only the best.

- Affordability: By implementing a disruptive business model that delivers your shoes straight from the artisan's hands to your doorsteps, we eliminate the need for retailers, wholesalers, and other middlemen. Retail margins can add up to five to time the cost of production to cover marketing costs and high rents in prime locations, and this makes the shoes unnecessarily expensive for customers. This is a reason, we have decided to sell directly to our customers on internet on kickstarter first. 

- Communication: Your commitment to us is the start of a long, beautiful relationship. We are committed to you. We will keep our relationship strong by delivering qualitative and unique products and communicate with you every step of the way. You will get regular updates as we fund, produce, and ship out your one-of-a-kind shoes. If you have an itch to talk to us, just get in touch any time!

- Prices: 

THE GOAL

As we mentioned on our video we are using our savings to make this project comes to life, but it is not enough. We need 20,000 euros more to cover the run of minimum production quantities for the factories. We need your help, we can’t do it without you! 

THE SIZING

Dondoks Shoes are available from EUR size 36 to 41 - US size 5.5 to 10.5 

THE TIMELINE:

Once the campaign is funded, production will start right away. We expect to take the survey and receive back the style, color, and size surveys from all backers along with the campaign. The faster we get them back the less likely any delays!

Production typically takes 3-4 weeks, and shipping approximately 1-2 weeks.

By July 2017, or sooner, we expect to be shipping to you from our facilities in Brazil.

We are confident in delivering shoes on time! We will do everything in our power to make sure we meet the timeline.

THE DELIVERY

Shipping is included for all shipments.

However, if the need for an exchange arises, we will need to charge for the exchange shipping both ways as we are a startup and work with very small margins on Kickstarter. This is true for domestic & international orders.

All exchange requests must be submitted within 30 days of receiving your reward.

All other orders will ship from our fulfillment center in the EU. Orders shipped from the EUR may incur customs duty charges, depending on the country destination.

THE TEAM 

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Carmen and Charlotte both started ballet at a very young age, one in Mexico and the other in France, before joining paths in Paris. Both girls worked as Showgirls in renowned cabarets such as the Moulin Rouge and the Lido de Paris, and modeled for designers such as Jean Paul Gaultier, while enjoying life "à la parisienne". While Charlotte was studying fashion business at International Fashion School Esmod, Carmen spent her hollidays in Spain and couldn’t find any cool sandals for the occasion. That’s how the idea started to blossom: why not create something of their very own, based on the girls' second common love, shoes? Dondoks was therefore born from the two girls' will to create a colorful shoe brand that would breathe feminity and "joie de vivre", sourcing inspiration from their shared Latino roots and backgrounds in Cabaret.

THE SOCIAL

You, clients and followers are key to the success of Dondoks and our first kickstarter campaign. Without you, we don't have a reason to exist!

We need your support to get funded and please help us by sharing our campaign with YOUR friends and family. Thank a lot to you all!

THE REWARDS

Becoming one of our backers means much more than just buying a colorful, fashionable sandals at an amazing price. Each backer at any pledge level:

- Will be Added to our community to get exclusive access to limited run shoes and colors

- Will be able to follow our path and visualize the development of Dondoks story

Message from the founders:

“We spent two years, pouring our heart and soul into bringing Dondoks to life. This is our first Kickstarter campaign and the love we felt from our family and friends made us believe we had to launch our brand. We are super excited to share our first shoe collection with you!

With your help, we will continue to make Dondoks grow into a shoe/lifestyle brand driven by a commitment to qualitative, handmade products, beautiful colors, fun and your happiness. We want to dress your feet up!”

                                      #DRESSUPYOURFEET 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We have carefully chosen our manufacturing facility based on our relationship with our sourcing in Brazil, close to Porto Alegre. We are very confident in our team and supplier's ability to keep up with our schedule and deliver on time. With that being said, we cannot always control every step of development and there are always uncertainties and risks for delays in any manufacturing process. Although unlikely, delays may occur but we are prepared and engaged in precautionary steps to prevent any such event. Throughout the project we will be in contact with you, frequently updating you in detail, every step of the way!

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    Thanks for helping!

    Your support means the world to us! We will keep you in the loop with backers only update and news.

    Thank you for helping us getting closer to make our dream come true.

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    GET 1 PAIR OF SHOES. Choose any style, color and size (SAVE 195 € OFF RETAIL + FREE SHIPPING)

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    GET 3 PAIR OF SHOES. Choose any style, color and size (SAVE 615 € OFF RETAIL + FREE SHIPPING)

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    GET 5 PAIR OF SHOES. Choose any style, colour and size (SAVE 1 075 € OFF RETAIL + FREE SHIPPING)

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    Full Candy Rainbow Collection

    Get our full and colourful SS17 Collection! All colours and SAVE 3 600 euros! Get the full Dondoks experience and style ;-)

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