Our espadrilles are hand crafted by artisans in Mauléon France. Artisans in Southern France and Northern Spain are recognized for their impeccable workmanship and longstanding tradition of beautifully crafting espadrilles for the luxury market.
Our manufacturers bring centuries of tradition and skill to the production of Alice + Whittles espadrilles. Working with partners who have such a deep understanding of espadrilles means that we can collaborate to make beautifully crafted shoes, which can not be matched by cheap machine-made imitations.
Hand Woven Canvas
Through an NGO we work with 11 small-scale organic farmers in Adesar, Kutch who use indigenous methods to produce the cotton for our espadrilles.
Sourcing from small-scale organic farmers significantly reduces chemical and energy consumption, increase biodiversity in the environment and preserves the soil.
Because food crops can be grown alongside the cotton (something not possible when using genetically modified cotton due to the excessive amount of chemicals required), food security is provided to the surrounding communities.
Supporting small scale farmers using these natural methods of cotton growth dramatically reduces farmer risk and, in turn, farmer suicide.
Growing genetically modified cotton requires costly inputs that carry high risks. Farmer suicides have become a common and unfortunate result of small farmers’ inability to absorb these high-stake failures.
The organic cotton is then hand bailed, hand spun, and hand woven into canvas only a few miles from the farmer.
We are able to minimize our carbon footprint, as these the traditional hand based methods consume significantly less energy compared that of factory made textiles.
We purchase canvas at fair-trade prices (three times the market rate), while providing health insurance, training, low-cost infrastructure, and no-interest advance payments through the NGO. This method stimulates the local economy while providing the necessary support for long-term sustainable growth, self-determination, and self-sufficiency.