Informed by the long history of leather production in Africa, their signature footwear pieces embrace the versatility of the material by exploring simple yet bold forms. Departing from largely gendered notions of symmetry in footwear design, kkerelé’s shoes and sandals allow everyone to add a bit of adventure, play and mystery to their wardrobes.
How They Work.
They are an iterative and experience-first practice. This means:
They attach value primarily to the process of creation as well as the pleasure and satisfaction derived from the use of products.
They are deeply respectful of flux, impermanence, and change. Their designs are often the culmination of multiple shifts in moods, perspectives, and meanings.
They believe we are stewards & students of history. Their work references ideas, designs, events, artists, and art movements of previous generations.
They believe there is incredible potential in sharing and collaboration. They hope kkerelé becomes an avenue for people, concepts, and cultures to interact dynamically.
They don’t believe in waste. Continuity and circularity are crucial. Everything can be redistributed.
kkerele’s work is enabled by a local network of suppliers, makers and other practitioners. They see their place in this network as a node for diverse & meaningful creative activity and our hope is that our work continues to honor past and existing artisanal cultures while facilitating the growth of new ones.
Their values are aligned with the demands of ‘slow fashion’ movements around the world and work to translate them into meaningful goals within their local context. They believe in defending our planet and its ecosystems against extractive practices. They are aware that the structures that enable these practices are significant in size and they are also aware that the values and habits that maintain them are ingrained. But they also know that they are not alone. Sustaining the imagination of and movement towards alternative visions is collective work and we look forward to meeting others who share their passion for mindful craft & mindful living.
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