After many years living and style watching in San Francisco, and seeing the flip-flop and sneaker epidemic reach critical proportions, we arrived at the idea of Rothy’s.
Create an alternative, versatile shoe: one with the ease of a sneaker but with the polish of a feminine flat. And do it with low-waste, low- impact materials, hand-assembled for high quality and durability.
A wardrobe staple that goes with pretty much everything. Lightweight comfort. A shoe you’d be happy to keep on all day. In Rothy's style, comfort and versatility coexist in the first sustainable shoe as cute as it is comfortable; look good in your Rothy's and feel good about your Rothy's. That’s something you don’t see every day in fashion.
Visit the Website: https://rothys.com
A barber and a shoemaker – both of them already grandfathers – are the inspiration behind the Weekend Barber brand established in Porto, in 2012.
Weekend Barber is an experimental atelier that conveys together know-how and design.
The choice of materials and graphic elements are utterly important since each collection is a capsule and has its own imaginary.
Entirely designed and produced in Portugal.
Visit the Website: www.weekendbarber.com
Katharina Purkarthofer (*1992, Graz, Austria) graduated from Polimoda, Florence in June 2014. As a young and promising footwear & accessories designer she got selected for "Polimoda Talent" and had offers to kick off her career at Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexander Wang or Dolce & Gabbana. But she chose her very own path. Katharina focused on broaden her creative horizon and kept pushing her concepts forward.
Next stop: Milan. In October 2014 she attended the TFORTHREE contest and was one of seven winners that got signed by Italy's first fashion incubator and are now having one collection fully supported by the platform. She's currently in competition with six other designers to get her contract extended. The decision goes by the sales performance of their debut collections.
Visit the Website: www.katharinapurkarthofer.com
Our journey began in 2014, with a mission to create our personal dream shoe, one that would accompany us on any quest and adapt to any situation.
So we went straight to the source—the heart of Italy—where craftspeople have been perfecting the art of handmade shoes for hundreds of years.
We were thorough. We visited 34 factories before we found the one that mirrored our vision for Koio, in the gorgeous coastal village of Civitanova.
What emerged from this partnership were shoes that truly fused the artistry of luxury with the ready-for-anything ethos of modern city life. We knew the shoes would speak to a generation of people who recognized the distinction between quality and excess, and that—like us—eschewed traditional paths in favor of forging their own.
Constructed with the finest calf-skin leathers and hand-finished with unrivaled attention to detail, Koio products truly embody the spirit of their inception: they are ready for any journey—whether it’s the streets of a foreign city or an unexplored road home.