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Vagabond Shoemakers

Vagabond Shoemakers

With Vagabond Shoemakers you will look good season after season. Complete your fair fashion look with these shoes made of sustainably tanned leather.

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Swedish family business Vagabond

The Vagabond brand was founded in 1973 by a Swedish family. Twenty years later it was bought by Marie Nilsson Peterzén and her husband Mats Nilsson. They gave the brand a new name, Vagabond Shoemakers. The original label Vagabond was founded by Mats' family. The brand started as a men's brand and later expanded to include women's shoes. Since the beginning of Vagabond, the vision has been to be a global fashion brand in shoes for the fashionable and quality driven consumer. In the 1980s, the brand's first bestsellers hit the market and really started to grow. At the time it was difficult to produce shoes in Sweden so Marie and Mats decided to move to Italy to open a design studio there. Since then the brand has grown tremendously all over the world.

Sustainable Certified Leather

Vagabond mainly uses leather as the main material in its shoes. For Vagabond, leather is the best material to use for the shoes, and also the material that lasts the most. This in turn makes the shoe durable. In addition, leather has unique properties and is naturally resistant to wear and tear. All the leather that Vagabond uses comes from carefully selected tanneries that are all LWG (leather working group) certified. LWG is an organization that focuses on the environmental impact of the leather industry. The leather used is a by-product from the meat industry. In the tanning of leather, various substances are used to soften the leather and prepare it for production. Among these, chromium is a commonly used substance. Research has shown that chromium can cause skin allergies. Therefore, Vagabond uses chromium-free tanned leather in all insoles and linings worn against the skin. Vagabond is busy researching other materials that could be used in the future. For example, they are researching grape skin and pineapple. But this material does not yet meet the same standards that leather does.

Small-scale production process

Vagabond's process all starts in the design studio in Varbergen, Sweden. There, all the ideas come to life and every part of the shoe is thought about. Then each shoe in the collection is made as a prototype in the mini-factory in Varbergen. Together with 25 people who work there, the shoe is made so that the design is perfect for the larger production. This is carried out in Vietnam. Also in Vietnam the production is small scale. They work with a few factories. This varies by season, but there are usually between five and seven. These factories are all in Vietnam. Because the number of factories is small, the work can be easily controlled there. This way they make sure that everything goes according to the rules. For Vagabond, sustainability is all about making small changes that affect the whole company and the whole production chain.

Hallmarks materials Vagabond

So all the leather used by Vagabond is LWG certified. Besides leather, a shoe is made up of even more components. For example, all cotton linings are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton. Also, Vagabond uses recycled polyester that is certified by the Global Recycling Standards (GRS). GRS aims to reduce the harmful impact of the production of the material and guarantees that the recycled material has been sustainably processed. They also use the sustainable material Tencel™ for the lining.


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