Wednesday, April 16, 2014

OLIBERTÉ This is Africa-Footwear/Accessories- Spring-Fall 2014 Highlights

NYC April 2014

We were thrilled to see the Oliberté collection of men/women's footwear and new accessories at a recent media preview…because, what's not to love about:
 a) well made wear forever shoes and fab satchels/backpacks…and b) Oliberté is made in Ethiopia…with most materials sourced from within that country…and manufacturing facilities/processes-using eco/sustainable/non-toxic methodologies-including using as little water as possible…while employing the local population and paying them living wages with benefits. Bravo.

The world's first Fair Trade Certified footwear…

Lake Blue suede-NIAMI-Available now Cushioning, energy returning, anti-odor 4mm OrthoLite insoles custom printed with a map…cement constructed moc boat shoe style is a classic-in multiple colors and in leather ---$175
Happily-the output-sells well-and not just because consumers are drawn to the 'brand story'--- it's part of it---but we think for buyers (and retailers) -the products are on trend and clearly are top-notch from toe to heel. We could look at an Oliberté shoe under a magnifying glass- and = it would be flawless.

natural crepe rubber-outsole-imprinted with a map…very cool
Oliberté's contemporary priced footwear-boasts a lot of polished high end materials and finishes-INCLUDING...natural crepe rubber soles that are impervious to temperature changes and are durable, premium leathers and suede colored responsibly not chemically, reverse leather on the heel-an extra step- for great fit/non-slippage, and very visibly amazing- all those hand-stitch details (averaging 1000/shoe!!!)-=sophisticated, expensive eye-catching results- and make for a less of a need to use glue.

Lalina-wedge lace-ups for Fall=cute, brushed wax leather-comes in diff. shades and nubuck leather too 

great hand stitched details on a suede slip-on... Aduni
Fall 2014-offers many styles-of lace-ups and oxfords…in rich autumnal colors…that are really year round suitable.


-rustic brown, light grey, dark grey----

right-men's Sodoro, Middle and Left-Lomayo 

Mogado HI-front…cool logo pop-country flag

Amboa-women-have a slight wedge rubber heel-can wear these with denim or dresses...

durable and grippy for colder/icy strolls

Packaging-recyclable of course

This duffel is amazing. An upgraded gym bag- a Father's Day gift -par excellence…that survive dusty travels around the planet..aptly named Gymano

Oliberté haulers beckon buyers with durable plush leathers-quality you can feel, solid metal hardwear, and styles that are practical-with outer snap pockets, adjustable shoulder straps, roomy interiors with inner compartments for all that stuff we haul around. Like the shoes-the patina finishes are rich and hand applied...
back-Krabu, front Blamo-has organizer pocket under front flap

totes-with outer pocket-Kobio