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A simple shoe. Made with respect.
Supporting community self-sufficiency all the way back to the materials we harvest.
Supporting community self-sufficiency all the way back to the materials we harvest.
232 backers pledged £20,931 to help bring this project to life.

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Alice & Whittles: Espadrilles - Going back to basics

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GOING BACK TO BASICS

A simple shoe. Made with Respect.  

Espadrilles are a light canvas shoe with a braided jute sole, made popular by Picasso, Hemmingway and Dali to name a few.

OUR STORY

Inspired by creativity - We came up with the concept behind Alice & Whittles while providing humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing conflict in North Africa. Realizing what some of the most vulnerable people were able to achieve with few resources and a bit of creativity, we sought to harness that creativity in an attempt to proactively make positive change. “Change” is a pretty big word. So, we focused our efforts on re-thinking how simple products are made and consumed. So began Alice & Whittles.

Partnering with great people - We left our jobs and spent months looking for the right partners. This took us to some remote regions of the world where we amassed some pretty interesting stories. And we found them!

Creating positive change - We work with small-scale organic farmers, rural hand weavers and artisan manufacturers to produce our espadrilles. The result is a hand-crafted shoe which steps lightly on the planet and benefits everyone who has a hand in making them.

SPRING/SUMMER 2013 COLLECTION

THE PERFECT SUMMER SHOE

Summer style. For men and women, boys and girls, they come in bright colours, bold prints and embroidered fabric perfect for summer. 

Great for travel. A lightweight, breathable, and comfortable slip-on-shoe. You can trade in your flip-flops – these keep your feet clean!

A FUSION OF SKILL AND TRADITION

Hand-woven. Our canvas is hand-woven in rural India using age-old techniques and traditions. 

Hand-Made. The final espadrilles are made in France, as they have been  for centuries.

STEPPING LIGHTLY

No Animal Products. Our espadrilles are made of natural vegan materials; organic cotton, jute, rubber.

Organic Cotton. The production of our canvas consumes 95% fewer chemicals, uses less energy, reduces farmer risk/suicide (a significant issue in India) and supports biodiversity, helping to feed the surrounding community.

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

An alternative to charity. Supporting marginalized communities by promoting local skills and traditions, these ways:

- Fair trade. Purchasing hand-woven canvas from weaving co-ops at fair trade prices.

- Social responsibility. Providing health insurance, training, low-cost infrastructure and no interest advance payments through local NGOs.

- Accountability. Working directly with the people who have a hand in making our product, so they benefit from the sale.

HOW TO SUPPORT US

You can support us by clicking "Back this Project" on the top right of this page or directly select any of the pledge amounts found in the right hand column on this page. Once we are funded we will send you an email requesting the size and style you want.

PLEASE NOTE: All amounts shown in $(USD) are approximations based on the currency exchange rate on 9 March 2013. This amount may adjust slightly, depending on the exchange rate on the day your pledge is charged to your credit card. You’re credit card will only be charged when we reach our funding goal.

Depending on the amount you pledge, you’ll get:

Once we reach our target of £20,000, the money from your pledge will go towards covering the cost of producing canvas in rural India, along with fixed and variable costs of making the espadrilles in France.

If you like our concept, please help spread the word! Tell your friends about us, email others who you think would be interested, like us on Facebook, tweet and pin – every little bit helps!

We can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Google+, Linkedin and on our website.


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QUESTIONS?

We'd love to talk to you, so feel free to get in touch with us as info@aliceandwhittles.com or click on "Ask a question" below.

Risks and challenges

After almost a year of working on this project we've got a good understanding of what can go wrong and what to look out for when producing espadrilles.

We have already been through several production runs and have worked hard to improve processes. For example, we've invested a significant amount in training to ensure quality of production and timeliness of delivery.

But at the end of the day, the partners who we work with have been chosen because they're great at what they do. We've established strong working relationships with them, making us confident in the supply chain that we've established.

We have taken precautions, however. We've already invested in the production of canvas in India as well as the creation of the final shoe in France. The biggest risk for us is timing, so we wanted to get ahead of the game.

If you do have any doubts or questions, don't hesitate to get in touch!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    THANK YOU! Every little bit helps : ) You'll receive a thank you email or tweet (your choice) to show our gratitude. We'll include a quote from one of the weavers your pledge will help support.

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    BACK TO BASICS: Pledge £10 and receive a shoe bag, perfect for your travels! We'll also send you a nice thank you email or tweet. International shipping available.

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    Pledge £46 or more About $60

    BRIGHT COLOURS: Receive one pair of espadrilles in a solid colour of your choice - great to wear around town on a summer's day! You'll also get a shoe bag and a thank you email or tweet. International shipping available.

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    Pledge £49 or more About $64

    BOLD PRINTS: Receive one pair of espadrilles in a bold print of your choice. Well suited for a sunny day at the beach! You'll also get a shoe bag and a thank you email or tweet. International shipping available.

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    Pledge £59 or more About $77

    EMBROIDERED: Receive one pair of embroidered espadrilles - perfect for an evening out on the riviera. You'll also receive a shoe bag and a thank you email or tweet. International shipping available.

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    Pledge £92 or more About $120

    LE DOUBLE: Receive two pairs of espadrilles. Choose between bright colours and/or bold prints. Great to wear on a weekend away in a sunny destination! You'll also receive two shoe bags and a thank you email or tweet. International shipping available.

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    Pledge £105 or more About $137

    LE DOUBLE 2: Receive two pairs of espadrilles. For your first pair choose between bright colours or bold prints. For your second pair receive embroidered espadrilles - a good option if your weekend away includes an evening out. You'll also get two shoe bags to pack them in and a thank you email or tweet. International shipping available.

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    Pledge £138 or more About $180

    LE TRIPLE: Receive three pairs of espadrilles. Choose between bright colours and/or bold prints. Great accessories for a week spent discovering a foreign city! You'll also get shoe bags for each pair and a thank you email or tweet. International shipping available.

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    Pledge £151 or more About $197

    LE TRIPLE 2: Receive three pairs of espadrilles. Choose between bright colours and/or bold prints for two pairs. For your third pair receive embroidered espadrilles. You'll be prepared for a sun-filled week at a villa overseas! You'll also receive shoe bags for each pair and a thank you email or tweet. International shipping available.

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    Pledge £230 or more About $301

    THE VOYAGE: Preparing for a long vacation in the tropics? For £230 receive five pairs of espadrilles to take on your trip. Choose between bright colours and/or bold prints. You'll also receive shoe bags for each pair and a thank you email or tweet. International shipping available.

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    Pledge £460 or more About $601

    THE SABBATICAL: You should be prepared for a long trip! For £460 receive ten pairs to take with you as you travel the world. Choose between bright colours and/or bold prints. You'll also receive shoe bags for each pair and a thank you email or tweet. International shipping available.

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    DINNER WITH THE CO-FOUNDERS: Thank you so much for your support! We'd be honoured to take you and a guest out for a meal - we'll tell you how Alice & Whittles came about and where it is going. We'll even throw in a surprise or two.

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Funding period

- (30 days)