When we decided to venture into the world of footwear, the choice of going to Portugal was an easy one to make. Portuguese shoemaking dates back to the 12th century, even some of Lisbon’s oldest streets honour its leatherworking heritage with names such as Rua dos Sapateiros (shoemaker) and Rua dos Correeiros (leathermaker).
The modern footwear industry in Portugal presents many benefits for new brands sense it consists of small-scale factories that are able to produce low quantity collections at a fast pace with the same standard of quality as for example France or Italy. In fact, this approach to production has made Portugal the second largest exporter of luxury shoes after Italy.
Most of Portugal’s footwear industry today is located in the northern parts of the country around the city of Braga. In order for us to really understand the industry and design a collection that we truly feel proud over, we decided the best thing for us to do would be to pack our bags and head down in order soak up as much knowledge that we could.
After an intense week in Portugal, we returned back to Stockholm with lots of new insights and our heads filled with ideas. Since then we’ve worked tirelessly to finalise the styles and perfecting all the details. Stay tuned as we soon realease our footwear collection: Nomad.