It's been a very big couple of years for Forever Soles, and we think it’s about time we let you in on the secret and meet the people who make our shoes!
We strongly believe that the products we sell only tell one part of the story. We're excited to introduce our darling customers to the people behind the brand, and to encourage an interest in and understanding of the care and attention to detail that goes into the products we carry.
Our shoes and jewellery are designed from scratch in our East Ballina studio and made by hand in our ethically accredited sample room in China and occasionally India. We only manufacture small quantities for each design, so keeping production in a smaller workshop was necessary for us. My experience in business has always been managing production for different companies working with off0shore suppliers. I have had the opportunity to visit China multiple times and meet each person I work with which has been vital for the growth and success of my business.
On my most recent trip to visit our manufactures in Shanghai, China I decided to take my family. It was very important for me to see the working conditions first hand and ensure to our customers that the products were all being made in a safe working environment with minimal impact to pollution as possible. I also wanted to introduce my baby Cali to my suppliers and meet their families too. We spend so much time talking through email and phone, that it's nice to enjoy quality time together in person!
I really wanted to personally meet the factory staff and the team that we were communicating online with and discuss more about their factory and the working conditions. I wanted to help support their business in the most ethical way possible. My aim is to reduce pollution as much as possible with minimising waste and excess use of plastic/tissue where unnecessary. We looked at factory audits to ensure our suppliers were running an ethical production company.
We looked at:
SAFE MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENTS
NO CHILD LABOR
FAIR TRADE STANDARDS UPHELD
ACTIVE REDUCTION OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
COMPLIANCE WITH ALL RELEVANT REGULATORY ORDINANCES
My suppliers were even more beautiful in person than the were over email. I had the opportunity to meet their children and enjoy beautiful traditional food with them.
We spent the week visiting each supplier for our jewellery, shoes and bags. It was an incredible experience and one that I wanted to share with my customers.
We are a small family business and are truly focused on creating beautiful, affordable pieces that can be treasured by our precious customers. Your shoes are made with love and care, and the people behind it are supported by your purchases.
We use natural leathers, soft suedes and a selection of eco-friendly materials to bring together products of the best value. We are always learning, improving and keeping connected to the newest ways to manufacture and bring you the best possible products.