Look what we have at the studio this month❕ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A pair of beautiful silver slippers in size 40 (6.5-7 UK). This reclaimed upholstery offcut was just enough to make one pair, so these are totally unique and there'll only ever be one pair. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Shoot us a message if you'd like to grab them for £60.
Still celebrating our successes from last year - that's over 160 pairs of beautiful, handmade, unique shoes in the world, all made by women in our studio, all saving leather from landfill.
Wondering what our DIY kits look like? This is what you get in the pack: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. A pair of super-comfy, extra robust espadrille soles, made in a family factory in Southern Spain 2. A pre-cut pattern in your chosen leather, all from reclaimed offcuts 3. Three special leather needles 4. Waxed linen thread 5. A pack of pins ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We wrap these up with the instructions in our eco-friendly packaging, and you get a parcel with everything you need to get creative. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Just add a pair of scissors and follow along with the videos online and you'll soon have your own pair of handmade shoes!
We're back in the studio today! After a lovely two week's rest, we're all geared up and ready to go. We'll be making up and shipping out all the orders that came in over Christmas, including all the awesome bespoke gift cards :) ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We've also got two shoemaking workshops this month if you'd like to join us to make your own shoes. We'll be at @drinkshopdo in King's Cross on Sunday 13th from 10.30am, and @thecreateplace on Saturday 19th from 11.00am. You can book through our website!
Pardon the silence from us, we've just been doing our end-of-year accounting (the most glamorous job) and having a look at how we've done. We wanted to share some of the numbers with you, because we've been totally blown away by all your support in 2018. For example, over 450 of you have joined us on a workshop! That's 450 brand-new hand-made pairs of bespoke shoes made from reclaimed leather, supporting women into work. Honestly, we can't thank you enough! It really helps us get through all the accounting 😊 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you'd like to join us next year, we've got workshops on every month in Bethnal Green, and some special edition ones popping up across London (and sometimes further beyond!).
Aaaaand... breathe out. needles down. Post sent out. Studio swept and kettle washed. We're off for the Christmas holidays! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A huge thank-you to everyone who ordered their Christmas presents from us this year. Numbers aren't everything, but we had a 435% increase in sales this month compared to last month (and this month isn't even over yet!). That directly translates to a 435% increase in maker wages, amount of leather reclaimed from landfill, and cups of tea consumed at The Create Place! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We know this is down to lots of you showing off your shoes, telling your friends about us, or even writing about us in your blogs, websites and newspapers. We can't thank you enough 🙏 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We had a little end-of-year party at our studio this week to celebrate, complete with handmade samosas - pro tip, did you know you can use tortilla wraps as the pastry, saving you hours and still resulting in amazing samosas!? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you missed our last order date for this year, you can still order gift cards to be delivered by email. We'll send you a PDF of the card with a unique code the recipient can use to book their workshop or design their bespoke shoes with us. Maybe we'll hit 500%!
We've got a special Christmas surprise for you - our last order date has passed, but we have a few sample pairs and seconds you can still buy in time for Christmas. Check our stories for the styles and colours, and send us a message before midnight to have them posted out tomorrow. There's a few special gems in there and some one-off leathers you can't find anywhere else. Merry Christmas!
Just what it says on the tin! If your Christmas tree is missing a pair of handmade shoes or a DIY shoemaking kit, today is your last day to order one.
Some of the shoes we make are difficult to send out, because we wish we could keep them! It was definitely the case with this gorgeous pink suede pair, heading out to Canada this week. When you order, leave us a message if you'd like us to make your shoes with the suede side out, for something extra special!