Footwear and Accessories of the Now. Born in Los Angeles. Made in Italy. Pure Vegan.
Krže Studio (pronounced kârzhĕ, the traditional spelling of Leila’s last name, means “light” in Slovenian) was created to offer a new possibility in men's and women's footwear: a Los Angeles-driven aesthetic, expressed in thoughtful designs and made in the most luxurious and advanced vegan materials in the world.
It is no longer fashionable to blindly design or purchase products derived from inhumane and environmentally damaging sources. What is fashionable is being aware and conscientious in every part of our lives. Together, we can cultivate an intelligent fashion philosophy. With your help, the vision of the fall 2013 Krže Studio collection truly can become a reality.
- Handmade in Italy
- Advanced Vegan Materials
- Entire fall 2013 collection will retail from $300 to $750
Why Are We Vegan? Leather from animals is not an environmentally sound or sustainable material. I also do not believe it is possible to create something truly beautiful if its origins are from suffering. Synthetic and vegan materials are constantly becoming more ecological, better quality, and incorporate more advanced technologies.
Our amazing lining, in addition to being vegan, is also antibacterial, absorbent, and breathable, which makes it a superior choice for all shoes. As an added bonus, it is approved and recommended by the American Podiatry Association. Your feet will stay clean, comfortable and in perfect poise with our lining.
I research and select our components to find the best quality and most beautiful vegan materials in the world. I researched the materials for this first collection at LineaPelle, the largest material trade show for footwear and accessories that happens twice a year in Italy, as well as through meeting one-on-one with material suppliers.
Vegan leathers are often made of different plastic compounds, much like the nylon and polyester fabrics that make a lot of our clothes. Plastic does not easily biodegrade, however, it can be recycled into new products, which is even better for the environment. We adopt a complete cradle-to-cradle philosophy to make the most beautiful footwear available to you.
Why We Need Your Help
We need your help to raise money to put the Fall 2013 collection into production. The collection has already been designed and the samples have been made. To go into production, the factories we work with require minimum orders and we need to have the funds to back those orders! The more we are able to raise, the greater variety of styles will go into production.
Your support also shows the need for more vegan fashion in the world. The more people that contribute, the more retail stores and design houses can take notice and adopt vegan fashion into their products and offerings. With your donation, you will not only fund Krže Studio, you contribute to the possibility of transforming the way that an entire industry thinks about using materials.
We are offering you a carefully curated selection of items as incentives and thanks for contributing to our possibility. We hope you love them. The key ring and belts have been designed specially for you and are Kickstarter exclusives. The shoes offered are early releases from the Fall 2013 collection.
Krže Studio has the most amazing fortune, amazing friends.
One of the most fun and daunting parts of starting my own project is picking the team. On the Los Angeles side, my best friend Val is our marketing genius. Not everyone gets to work with their best friend and it is one of the most awesome parts of having my own company. Out in Italy, I work with an amazing group of women. This somewhat blows me away and I am so happy about how it came together. Girl Power was not my initial intention in finding the right people to connect with. However, I've worked with some incredible women in the course of developing Krže Studio. This includes my dear friend, who I worked with for Donald J Pliner in Italy, who helped me when I first started this project. Her very talented agent friend hooked me up with a couple of innovative modelistas who make the patterns for my designs. The ball kept rolling and I kept connecting with these inspiring and intelligent women.
Here I would also like to mention the amazing generosity of my friends who helped to put the video together:
Concept: Leila Tamar Kerze / Produced by: Leila Tamar Kerze, Stephen Wozniak, James Goddard / Director: Stephen Wozniak / Written by: Stephen Wozniak and Leila Tamar Kerze / Dialogue: Leila Tamar Kerze / Director of Photography: Emman Montalvan / Editor: Emman Montalvan / Sound Design + Location Sound: James Goddard / Music: "Our Sisters" by Signal Hill (Thank you Tim!!)
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To put the collection into production, we must raise enough money to be able to order the minimums of each style from the factories we work with. The more money we raise, the greater variety of styles can be produced for Fall 2013. If we make only the minimum amount we are asking for, we will be able to produce only a couple of styles in the collection. If we raise much more, we can put the entire collection into production to make it available to you this fall.
The current collection is all in the sample stage. To go into production, we carefully work with technicians in our factories in Italy to make sure that the patterns of our shoes not only look beautiful, they also fit and function perfectly. Sometimes it can be difficult to make sure the shoe fits all different sizes. That's why we work directly with our factories and try the shoes on people in different sizes to ensure that they fit the best.
We work with the some of the best suppliers in the world. The materials we use are new and advanced. If we discover issues with a material that has not been thoroughly tested, we work with our material suppliers to improve the material so that it meets our quality standards before offering the material to you.
To ensure that we send you your incentive gifts and future orders in a timely and efficient manner, we work with UPS and USPS. Working with established shipping agents gives us more time to focus on creating the most beautiful vegan designs possible for you and will ensure that you receive your products on time.
Krže Studio shoes cost more than some other brands of vegan and non-vegan shoes. They may seem expensive at first glance to some. For people who know more about shoe making, the shoes are extremely well priced.
With our shoes, you get what you pay for: the highest quality I can possibly offer you. I am committed to showcasing the best products I can make and will not sacrifice my standards and make low quality products to try and compete with other companies prices. I believe in quality over quantity and would rather sell less pairs of the best made shoe than sell a lot of pairs of something poorly construed.
I use top quality vegan materials and they can be expensive. As example, it costs more to use my antibacterial, breathable, absorbent lining than it does for a vegan lining that does not have these features. The people who make the shoes in Italy put a lot of time and research into making each shoe anatomically correct so it is balanced and fits comfortably. Taking the extra time to make a shoe balance also costs more than not testing or adjusting the fit. We also have a QC (quality control) technician who oversees the shoes being made to ensure the highest quality in every size. Not everyone bothers to do this which is why sometimes mass-produced inexpensive shoes have irregularities and fit problems in different sizes.
The factories that make the Krže Studio collection also make shoes for luxury designer brands that charge more than twice the price I do for a similar product made in Italy. One reason I am able to offer the shoes at these prices is because Krže Studio is a small company and we do not have to pay as many employees as larger design houses. I put a lot of effort into being able to offer shoes at the best price possible without comprising my quality standards.
We will take your size preferences at the end of the campaign by contacting you at the email you provided kickstarter.
These are the size conversions for the incentive items:
Women’s Shoe Size Conversion
US 4.5 5 5.5 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 11
Europe (EU) 35 35.5 36 36.5 37 37.5 38 38.5 39 39.5 40 41 42
Men’s Shoe Size Conversion
US 6 6.5 7 7.5 8 8.5 9 9.5 10 10.5 11 12 13
Europe (EU) 39 39.5 40 40.5 41 41.5 42 42.5 43 43.5 44 45 46
Women’s Belt Size Conversion
S M L XL
cm (Max Length) 95 100 105 110
US (Max Length) 6 8 10 12
Men’s Belt Size Conversion
S M L XL
cm (Max Length) 110 115 120 125
US (Max Length) 32 34 38 42
The entire Krže Studio collection is made in Italy. I am working with 3 different family-run facilities in Tuscany: 2 different factories for the shoes, and 1 factory for our handbags, belts, and accessories.
The factories are small and the families that own them also work in them alongside their employees. I personally visit and work together with the factories too and know the conditions firsthand. Workers enjoy normal Italian working hours and earn fair wages.
Krže Studio is focused on bringing the highest quality product possible and that also means being made by people who have fair working conditions and are masters at their craft because they love what they do. We will never work with a facility that uses exploitative labor practices.
I selected the highest quality vegan leathers available for the Krže Studio collection. They have some similarities to animal leather in the look and feel of the material. However, vegan leathers wear much better than animal leather over time in general. The Italian vegan suede on the men's Derby shoes, style HENRY, is water resistant and can be spot cleaned easily, whereas animal suede will get permanently damaged by water. Most vegan leathers are water resistant, as is every incentive we are offering in this Kickstarter campaign.
The shoes are hand made in high quality facilities here in Italy. They are super comfortable and will feel great as soon as you start wearing them. Krže Studio's shoes feature padded insoles and the breathable, antibacterial lining is soft and flexible. Our shoes do not feel "stiff" and do not need to be broken in. They can be enjoyed immediately!
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CELEBRATE YOU!: 4/11/13 - New incentive added for our final 10-day countdown! You will receive all updates, be a part of our countdown, and stay informed as we create forward. As a token of our gratitude for your support, we'll celebrate your awesomeness with a shout out on Facebook and Twitter.Estimated delivery:
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VIRTUAL HIGH FIVE!: We are SO grateful for your support! You will receive a link to your personalized high-five thank you video. It’ll be fun. A lot I imagine. Perhaps inspire a smile or bits of sunshine. Plus we’ll give you a shout out on Facebook and Twitter.Estimated delivery:
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KRŽE STUDIO KEY RING: Add a little sophisticated edge to your keys with our Italian vegan leather key ring. Features our signature gunmetal screwdriver stud and our triple hand-stitch, evoking peace, love, and transformation in every door you open.Estimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
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WOMEN’S BELT: Our ‘Lynn’ belt is for effortless sleek style. This slim classic polishes off every look from office to off-duty. Made of supple, Italian lightly grained black vegan leather, featuring a silver tone metal buckle. (retail $150)Estimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
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MEN’S BELT: Our ‘Alan’ belt is an essential for every well-dressed vegan man. This expertly hand crafted piece will keep you in fine composure for years to come. Made of supple, Italian lightly grained black vegan leather, featuring a silver tone metal buckle. (retail $150)Estimated delivery:Add $12 USD to ship outside the US
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WOMEN’S DÉCOLLETÉ PUMP: Classic style ‘Aida’ décolleté pump is your modern wardrobe essential. Sleek pointed toe stiletto carries you in timeless style. Heel measures 100mm (approximately 4 inches). Crafted in black glazed Italian vegan leather with Krže signature gunmetal screwdriver stud detailing. Featuring our antibacterial, absorbent, and breathable lining to keep you in chic comfort all day. (retail $350)Estimated delivery:Add $40 USD to ship outside the US
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WOMEN’S BALLET FLATS: Python ballet flat with metallic cap toe, style ‘Harley’ makes an exuberantly cheeky and versatile pair. Cushioned insole makes them your perfect choice for long walks in skirts, skinny jeans, and everything in between. Crafted in all vegan Italian materials: exotic taupe, beige and black python effect leather, matte gunmetal metallic leather, and black glazed leather trim. Featuring a slight heel for comfort, cushioned insole and our antibacterial, absorbent, and breathable lining to keep you in chic comfort all day. (retail $350)Estimated delivery:Add $40 USD to ship outside the US
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MEN’S DERBY SHOE: Style ‘Henry’ in classic Derby form is a suitable and stylish selection for every occasion. Crafted from grey soft vegan Italian suede with dark espresso round waxy cotton laces and outsole. Featuring our antibacterial, absorbent, and breathable lining to keep you confidently comfortable all day. (retail $450)Estimated delivery:Add $40 USD to ship outside the US
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MEN’S EXCLUSIVE: You will receive the Krže Key Ring, classic ‘Alan’ belt and handsome ‘Henry’ Derby shoes along with our infinite gratitude that such awesome, ethical men as you roam this world.Estimated delivery:Add $78 USD to ship outside the US
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WOMEN’S EXCLUSIVE: You will receive the Krže Key Ring, classic ‘Lynn’ belt, elegant ‘Aida’ décolleté pumps, exuberant ‘Harley’ ballet flats and our boundless appreciativeness and excitement to be a part of your chic wardrobe and compassionate awesomeness.Estimated delivery:Add $78 USD to ship outside the US
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KRŽE HALL OF FAME: We will celebrate your amazing support by naming a shoe in our next collection after you or someone you love. Why name a star or a tree when your name can be immortalized by your contribution creating a transformational vegan footwear collection?!Estimated delivery:
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CUSTOM COUTURE SHOES: Have you been dreaming of your perfect pair of vegan shoes that you would buy if only they existed? We will develop your dream into a reality. I will consult with you personally to design your perfect couture pair in the colors and materials you envision. You will be able to create an entirely unique piece without limitation. There may be a specific toe or heel shape that you have always wanted, or an artistic inspiration you want translated into a thoughtful pattern you can wear. I will send you the original signed sketch of your shoe and one pair of the actual shoes in your size, handmade in Italy. If you want to share your creative vision with others, we may also feature your style in an upcoming collection! Of course you may keep it intimately yours as well.Estimated delivery:
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