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How are my Cocobelles Ethical?

How are my Cocobelles Ethical?
Most products encountered by the average American consumer are produced in factories that are enormous in scale, hyper-efficient and inhumane, which perhaps unsurprisingly results in a product that is often high-waste and low quality. At Cocobelle, we strive to exist outside this model of destruction. At our core we believe Fashion shouldn’t be fast, it should last.


Started From a Place of Love
Cocobelle has roots in a love story. Lucy and Ignacio, two people from different hemispheres, met while independently exploring the world. They joined together as a couple and eventually partnered to create this company as a celebration of the artisans they encountered in their travels.
These small but talented groups of artisan producers make our sandals and bags using only local materials with centuries old techniques. We know them by name. We visit, eat and laugh with them when in country, and pay them fairly for their labor and knowledge. 
This element of people empowering people and the direct connection of makers to markets has always been core to the Cocobelle ethos. We believe it is not only more ethical and has the power to change the world for the better but also results in a superior product.


Each Product is Made by Hand to LAST
All Cocobelle products are 100% made by hand in a surprisingly down to earth setting. There are no big factories, no smokestacks and no automation. Each piece of leather is simply cut out, sanded and lovingly put together by people who take pride in their work. Work that is literally slow and allows for each sandal to stand alone as a product of integrity.
All materials are local to each production. In Italy, all our leathers are 100% Italian. They are locally processed, tanned and cured to the highest European standard. This is not the norm, many machine-made or lower quality sandals feature leathers from large environmentally destructive tanneries in North Africa or China. 


Cocobelle’s are designed to outlast many sandals on the market. While we are in an age of fast Fashion, we’re not striving for high turn-over. We want our customers to love their sandals, tell their family and friends, and come back to replace their well loved pairs.