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ZATTAROBy ZATTARO
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ZATTAROBy ZATTARO
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$4,100
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55
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, October 9 2014 3:07 PM UTC +00:00

About

Bringing a New Product Whilst Being Socially Responsible

We are community-builders, trying to deliver one of a kind products to the world while opening windows of opportunities for underprivileged communities with skills and passion for what they do.

After a visit to a local fair near the city of La Paz in Bolivia, we found a group of craftswomen with an unmatched skill in the production of accessories made out of wool. We followed our discovery by visiting them in their homes, and finding a group of women whose hard work and passion for what they did wasn’t enough to cover their and their families’ daily expenses.

 With the passion in their eyes and the skill in their hands, we found an opportunity to create a new product and change their lives by making them leaders in their community.

From the moment we decided to embark on this project, we set out to empower others while delivering products only ever available in local markets. With the skill of our craftswomen and our vision, we deliver a unique and stylish product that also empowers our craftswomen through a stable job, capacity training, and education, hoping to soon create a developed and self-sustaining community.

Building a team with the right expertise in the industry and passion for our cause, our shoes became more comfortable and elegant all with a simple design. At ZATTARO we are a dedicated team that has been born and raised in Bolivia. We maintain our roots in Bolivia, where we conduct all production, sourcing, and manufacturing. We strive for local development by reaching to a global audience.

Each of our shoes carries special meaning to our team. Regular shoes are made from different parts that are measured, cut, and stitched together, creating a lot of waste. Our product is entirely handmade from the beginning, minimizing that waste. With the use of recycled wool, minimum stitching, and a simple design, we deliver a shoe that is extremely comfortable and that can also be worn with different styles. We create a piece of foot art, as comfortable and friendly to the feet as to the eye. Craftsmanship, with elegance. 

 FOOT ART THAT IS ONE OF A KIND

The making of each pair of ZATTARO shoes goes through several processes that are a combination of craftsmanship, tradition, expertise, and most importantly care to deliver a shoe like no other.

Each of our shoes are characterized for:

  • Use of recycled wool. Our early designs were characterized for the use of recycled wool, making our shoes 80% organic.
  • Alpaca Wool. From our Andean highlands, Alpaca wool is characterized for being hypoallergenic, having natural sheen and elasticity, ideal for producing a shoe that can be comfortably worn year long.
  • Light weight. Having mastered our recipe, each pair of shoes contains between one hundred to three hundred grams of wool, making them light in a tightly felted product.
  • Water resistant. Each pair can keep out water forms like rain from getting to the inside of the shoe, keeping dry comfort while you dance in the rain.
  • Handmade production by our skilled craftswomen in the community of Huayna Qantati. Less stitching means less worries. Stop worrying for wear, and focus on comfort.
  • Style, designed professionally with a combination of simplicity and craft in a unique style. Away with complicated patterns, we want you to feel special without feeling overwhelmed.
  • Natural dye. Each color is carefully prepared using measured amounts of natural dyes, keeping our product eco-friendly and organic.
  • Rubber outer-soles. A shoe that will not only be comfortable and friendly to the foot, but that will also last through your monthly, weekly, daily, hourly use wherever you take it to. Our rubber soles are also non-slip, keeping stability no matter the surface.
  • Specially-designed inner soles. Comfort comes in all faces, so we keep your feet and the rest of your body resting in comfort, with or without socks. Our inner soles are made from leather, with a design that comfortably accommodates the arch in your feet. 
  • Being made with passion. Each craftswomen takes more than their skill to make each shoe. In each pair several hours are invested to make a shoe that are the ultimate representation of our spirit and passion to share with the world. 

We are not all about making comfortable and unique shoes. We are invested in the women that work with us. From the very beginning, we adopted a social model focused on empowering our craftswomen through a job, capacity training, and education.

At ZATTARO we strive to change the lives of our craftswomen. Our model for change is rooted in the following three themes:

  • Jobs. At our first meeting with our craftswomen we were distressed learning about the multiple part-time jobs that our craftswomen had to take in order to cover their family expenses. Additionally, none of those jobs were in producing wool accessories, where their talent and enjoyment rested. We change that by providing one single job to each of our craftswomen through which they can go beyond covering their expenses but learning to open a bank account, saving, and further plan for their financial stability and that of their families.
  • Capacity Training. We are also invested in seeing our craftswomen grow both professionally and personally. Through our empowerment model we go on to give them the tools required for their work as well as a practical education on business fundamentals, healthcare, and leadership. Our early efforts allowed the leader of our craftswomen to be awarded with a Bolivian entrepreneurship award, recognizing her as one the best entrepreneurs of the competition. Our efforts, along with the desire of our craftswomen to grow are working.
  • Education and Growth. To bring sustainable growth through our model we also need to teach them how to be leaders in their communities. The third part of our model is focused in developing local leaders, that can then spur greater change organically and with the minimum external help.

"Because we believe our greatest strength comes from the communities of our craftswomen; thriving with those communities is rooted in our culture.”

We are ready to create change and make a shoe like no other in your closet, and now it’s your time to be part of our project!

We need your support to launch our empowerment model along with the first line of ZATTARO shoes. All of our production takes place in Bolivia, using raw materials characterized for their quality worldwide. With your help we intend to keep our production at home, promoting the local economies while becoming capable of offering our products to the global market. Making our shoes available on Kickstarter is our first step to making our shoes available anywhere in the world (Antarctica might be tough, but we will try to get there if that's where you are).

 We strongly believe in the passion and talent of our workers to deliver ultimate comfort in an elegant shoe. We need you on board to make this come true.

By supporting our launch you have access to all of our products for a “Kickstarter” discount before they become available through our website and strategically chosen partner stores.

If you want to become more involved with us or are feeling outright adventurous, you also have the opportunity to support us through the all-mighty ZATTARO INTI Reward. By pledging $10,000 you get a chance to come experience Bolivia with the founders and the rest of our team, visit our workshop, and take home the entire ZATTARO 2014 FALL COLLECTION personalized to the sizes, colors, and styles of your choice.

 Look. WOW. Choose. Pledge.

Pledge the amount shown and have the chance to take one of our rewards home! After September 30th we will send a survey to collect your color and size selection, along with your shipping information!

 SIZE FIT

For our first line of shoes we have available the following sizes:

  • FOR WOMEN: All sizes from 35 to 42 (European size). Sizes 5 to 12 U.S. size.
  • FOR MEN: All sizes from 38 to 44 (European size). Sizes  6 to 11 U.S. size.

Because wool is a natural product that will take the shape of your feet, we recommend purchasing a larger size when in doubt. 

WRONG SIZE?

Not a problem. We will work with you to make sure you get the right size of ZATTARO shoes. At the end of the day we want you to walk comfortably and in style, one shouldn't require a sacrifice of the other.

Risks and challenges

Risk is always present, but by taking it into account from the very beginning, we have done our best to minimize it. We are a registered company with patents for each shoe in the process. Our team is built with professionals experienced in the industry and in every aspect of the company. Counting with the exceptional skill of our craftswomen, we also count with carefully chosen production partners and suppliers, each of them whom we meet in a weekly basis to accomplish a responsible and professional production.

Risk remains present nevertheless. If we run into any issues in the process of our project, we will keep you informed, providing regular updates and answers to your needs. Honesty and transparency are integral to our company and to social development.

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    You get your name engraved for eternity in our "Grasshoppers Donors Wall" in our website and our new working space! Baaahh! (thank you in sheep language!)

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    Get to chose your very own Andean Pen, inspired in historical Inca figures, crafted to write your footprint in history. Your name is also engraved in our "Grasshoppers Donors Wall." For ever.

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    Chose one of our beautifully crafted Flower Hair Ties! For long days at home or a nice day at the park, long-hair sometimes needs a hand. Your name is also engraved in our "Grasshoppers Donors Wall" for infinity and beyond!

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    Thank you! Get your very own pair of flats. Dress in style, dress in empowerment! You become a "ZATTARO ambassador of empowerment," recognized in our social media, website, and new working space!

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    Get your unique pair of wool loafers. If flats are not your style or if you were looking for something more chic. Recognized "ZATTARO ambassador of empowerment" in our social media, website, and working space!

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    Flats revamped. Get your pair of flower flats. Also recognized "ZATTARO ambassador of empowerment." People were having difficulties packing "cute, adorable, and artsy" all in one adjective for our shoes.

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    Men, you are also capable of changing the lives of our craftswomen. Get your pair of ZATTARO loafers. Recognized "ZATTARO ambassador of empowerment."

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    We got your different styles covered. Get to take home one pair of ZATTARO moccasins. Recognized "ZATTARO ambassador of empowerment."

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    Men, meet the trendiest of our styles. Take home a pair of ZATTARO Buckle Loafers, also recognized "ZATTARO ambassador of empowerment."

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    ZATTARO KAY PACHA REWARD! Fashionista. You get the entire collection of shoes (3 women 3 men) or 5 pairs of women shoes with 5 flower hair ties. Recognized "KAY PACHA Supporter," get a special note written about you in our web and social media. Thank you for your kind support!

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    ZATTARO HANAN PACHA REWARD! You are ready to bring a wool-packed fashion revolution! Mix and Match to chose 8 pairs of the first line of ZATTARO shoes. Recognized "HANAN PACHA Supporter," a special note written about you in our web and social media too.

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    ZATTARO VIRACOCHA REWARD Creator god in the pre-Inca and Inca mythology in the Andes. We take you on a 5-day journey to Bolivia, where you have a chance to meet our craftswomen, see how our shoes are made, and have spend the day with our team in Lake Titicaca! Return home with pictures, memories, and fifteen ZATTARO shoes, any style, any color. Airfare, accommodations, food, and tours all included.

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    ZATTARO INTI REWARD Take this not as a reward but as a special invitation to join us and explore Bolivia. An all-inclusive trip, a chance to meet our community of craftswomen as well as embark in epic journeys through the Bolivian Salt Flats, the Amazon forest, the Andean mountains, Island of the Sun and Lake Titicaca. Your impact will transform us and our communities. We propose to impact you too with this one-of-a-kind way to see Bolivia. You also get to take back home fifteen pairs of ZATTARO shoes, any style, any color. Airfare, accommodations, food, and tours all included.

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Funding period

- (30 days)