Global interconnectedness has led to the emergence of a new political power, that of consumers and their associations. It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral — and not simply economic — act.
We had such a good time, we're doing it again! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Next month, we're back at @queenofhoxtonldn's magical rooftop Moroccan Medina with our second reclaimed leather slippermaking workshop. Join us in their rooftop souk to be transported to a Middle Eastern paradise, and to create your own bespoke slides ready for when our own sun comes back out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Get your ticket on our workshops page - link in bio!
It's been a while since we pointed out what a babe @marianshivji is. She's a total babe 😍
You asked for it - and we're so glad you did! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A big thanks to everyone who sends us emails letting us know what they'd like to see from us - we get a lot of requests for vegan shoes and vegan workshops, so we're running one. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We've teamed up with @lovegotilo, London's ethical explorers, to bring you a special vegan-only slippermaking workshop on Sunday 4th February. To celebrate #veganuary, we'll be stitching up fully vegan espadrille slides at @thecanvascafee1, East London's social enterprise space and bomb vegan cafe. (Plus they're supported by the Beyond Business programme from @bromley_by_bow_centre and @investec, like us!). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We'll be using gorgeous vegan materials that are ready to begin their second life after wrapping up their first go-around as coats, bags, and boots - like this pair, which used to be a fab faux-fur ensemble. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Nab your tickets over on the workshop tab of our website, or tag a vegan who'd love to come along. And make sure you get there early so you can grab your vegan lunch and latte from the cafe!
Okay, stay with us here - we're a shoemaking company. But there's nothing we love more than hearing from our customers what they love and what they'd like us to do, and we exist to provide as much supported, flexible, empowering, well-paid work for our makers as we can. So sometimes we try new things. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since we started 18 months ago, we've been making our reclaimed leather espadrilles in different styles, colours and sizes, each one providing flexible work at the London Living Wage for our makers. Then about 6 months ago, people started asking us if we'd teach them how to make their own shoes. We thought - what fun! Running our shoemaking workshops has been one of the best parts of Juta, where we get to meet our customers, help them design their own shoes, chat with them next to the wood-burning fire in the Spitalfields City Farm yurt, and eat lots of delicious East End beigels. In just six months, we've had over 70 people on workshops with us! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then you asked if we'd sell DIY kits, and we loved the idea. We worked on the idea for a while, put together some tutorial videos, and then released the kits on our website. Shout out to everyone who's bought one so far - we hope you've loved them! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now something new has come up, and we're really excited to share it with you. We've teamed up with @theholborn to bring you a wallet-making workshop where you can create your own handstitched minimalist cardholder from reclaimed leather. We'll be hosting it at the gorgeous @ozonecoffeeuk on Thursday 25th January at 6.30pm, and over two hours you'll get to choose your leather, customise and cut your pattern, awl the holes, stitch with waxed linen thread, and burnish to finish. We're running this as a test, but if it goes well we'll add it to our regular workshops. We'd love to know what you think, or better yet, see you there!
Time for a #fashionrevolution
The original Juta Shoe. Since the beginning we've been lucky to get lots of donations of brown leather offcuts - each as beautiful and unique as the last. We still love making shoes out of every single one!
Get your pin on! Spaces left on our workshop this Saturday at Spitalfields City Farm. Sign up on our website 🔜