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Lifestyle brand Nisolo has launched a new collection, which seeks to disrupt the way direct-to-consumer businesses deliver ethical products to their customers.
Nisolo, which specializes in handcrafted leather shoes and accessories, this week unveiled the Essentials collection, a special capsule showcasing a range of different shoe designs for men and women. While the styles are mouth-watering on their own, the collection’s main selling point is its mission to provide customers with high-quality, durable products at a price that doesn’t break the bank.
What does this mean exactly? Well, for Nisolo, it’s about reducing the cost of the products they deem “essential” without reducing the wages of its producers. Something that sets Nisolo apart from other lifestyle brands in the space is that it owns and operates its own factory in Peru, which allows the company to create a fair flow of goods (and money) between its employees and customers. The argument is that this benefits not only those who work for Nisolo, but also those who shop there.
Take the Emilio Chukka, a remarkable design from the collection. The boot is constructed with a durable leather upper (regular and Nubuck, depending on colourway), features a padded, microporous interior and has been individually handcrafted. While that normally translates into a pretty steep price tag, the Emilio only costs $ 150. While this amount may still exceed some people’s budgets, it is relatively affordable for such a stylish version of an essential boot silhouette.
Another timeless shoe that gets an ethical touch from Nisolo is the penny moccasin, as embodied in the Chamberlain model. Here, the classic style is updated with hand-cut breathable leather, a stacked heel, and built-in arch support. This shoe sells for $ 150 as well, competitively priced for the quality of the design. In addition to the Chamberlain and Emilio, the collection also includes the Chavito Chukka as well as the Calano Oxford.
There is no denying that ethical fashion has a time, but the trend may be inaccessible to laymen unable to shell out hundreds of dollars for an item they could buy cheaply elsewhere. The Essentials collection aims to recognize this disparity and make it easier for men to familiarize themselves with fashion and ethical footwear. It’s an interesting strategy, especially for guys who are building their wardrobes and want to do it as responsibly – and sustainably – as possible.
To learn more about Nisolo and his mission, check out our maintenance with founders Patrick Woodyard, Zoe Cleary and Nick Meyer.