Is this the most beautiful indoor jungle you've ever seen?🌱🌿🌵Would it be even better with a shoemaking workshop in it? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We're so excited to take our workshops south of the river to the beautiful @forest_london in Deptford. We'll be teaching a slippermaking class on Thursday, March 22 in the evening, and a shoemaking class on Sunday, April 22 (Earth Day!) in the afternoon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Can't get enough houseplants? Want to make your own reclaimed leather espadrilles? Or want to stock up on gorgeous homewares like stoneware, ceramics, or candles? You can book tickets through the workshop section of our website!
Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.
📍📍📍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Step 1: Choose your leather (probably the hardest step) Step 2: Find your size - don't worry, we help with this part Step 3: Cut out your pattern ✂️✂️✂️ Step 4: This one ☝️ Pin your leather to your sole and watch your shoe take shape 👞 Step 5: We get sewing! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Join us on one of our shoemaking experiences to tackle Steps 1-5 yourself, grab a DIY kit from our website and follow along with our videos online, or design your own bespoke shoes online and our expert makers will whip through these steps in our weekly studio time.
Happy Friday all! I don't know what magic is being sprinkled over February but we have had a week of crazy coincidences. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Firstly, our first-ever Scottish wholesale order arrived at our lovely stockists @firsttradedays this week, just in time for @ldantas - who was lovely enough to allow us to test our first shoemaking workshop prototype on her early last year, designs the gorgeous windows at the @anthropologie store in Brent Cross, and organised us running our first-ever partnership workshop there - to see them on her Glasgow holiday and send us a photo! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then, @sabeha_miah went to pick up a donation of leather from an upholstery studio organised by the wonderful Claire from @goodapples_uk (the best social good comms agency in the game 👌) - and it turns out that it's offcuts from the new leather seating that has replaced the old ones at @ozonecoffeeuk that we've already started turning into laptop sleeves! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Mind. Blown. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And if you've made it this far through our ramble, we'd love to remind you that we're sending off a pair of these gorgeous calfskin slippers to one lucky person who signs up to hear more (hopefully less rambly!) news from us in our monthly newsletter. You can sign at up www.bit.ly/jutanews 😊
Now's the time.
We have an extra pair of calfskin slippers (our favourites) in our studio this week, and we want to share them with you! We've also got a lot going on at Juta HQ - we're designing and developing some new workshops and products. We want to make sure you're the first to know when we launch new things, so we'd love for you to sign up to our monthly newsletter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So we thought we'd kill two birds with one stone - or celebrate two birds with one giveaway? Either way, we want to give you some shoes and we hope you want to hear from us! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sign up to our mailing list between now and the end of Friday, and we'll pick one of you to ship these lovely slippers off to. You can type in www.bit.ly/jutanews or find the link in our profile. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Feel free to tag any friends who'd like these shoes or want to hear from us - the more, the merrier!
Just a few of the spoils from our workshop this week - what a great session! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We've got tan and black shoes made by Ruhela and Shazna heading out to our first Scottish stockist @firsttradedays (hooray!), calfskin slippers and brown shoes made by Hafiza and Ruhela already sent over to the wonderful @aerendeshop, some adorable baby shoes that Shazna made (just working on putting ties on the front, then we'll be looking to get these out into the world - shout at us with any recommendations of retailers or if you'd like to do a baby shoe making workshop!), and finally our brand-new laptop case and cardholders made from @ozonecoffeeuk's leather benches.
Last week @oxfaminternational released a report on the state of the global garment industry, and one striking fact stands out. They calculated that the CEO of any of the world's top five fashion brands has to work just four days to earn the same as a garment maker in Bangladesh will earn in their entire lifetime. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In response, we wanted to share a statistic of our own. We've just finished the run-down of our annual accounts from last year (hello, small business accounting!) and we've calculated that in 2017, over 40% of our turnover went directly to our makers. And this makes sense to us - they're the ones who make our shoes and teach our shoemaking workshops. They're the reason we exist! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We will always pay the London Living Wage to our makers, along with offering free training, a supportive community, and opportunities to develop creative skills. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Where did the rest of our money go? We spent a lot on materials, prototyping, and equipment, along with some on marketing, our website, insurance and other less interesting things. We also donated over £500 to @sthildaseast and @spitalfieldscityfarm, for letting us use their wonderful spaces. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We'll always try to be as transparent as possible so that you can see where your money goes when you buy shoes or workshops from us. Is there anything else you'd like to know about where we spend our money?
This time next week! We'll be crafting up some vegan slippers at @thecanvascafee1 with @lovegotilo - come along to create your own handmade reclaimed vegan espadrilles. DM or visit our website to book