Oliberté footwear, recognized for its Ethiopian-produced line of shoes for men, women and children, is introducing a new women’s collection in collaboration with Boabab Batik, a social enterprise based in Africa’s Swaziland, known for locally sourced printed fabrics.
The collection includes two styles — the Kinsha, a lace-up retailing for $100, and the Mbozi, a slip-on at $90. Both are available in two color ways. The collection is also the first ever for women. Prior to this, Oliberté has partnered with designer Mark McNairy for a men’s line.
According to Oliberté, the collaboration was a natural one due to the goal of both companies in promoting social enterprise. Oliberté was founded in 2009 as a sustainable brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa. It now owns its own factory in Addis Ababa, where the entire collection if produced.
Baobab Batik focuses on empowering local women with artisanal jobs. Their team has over 20 years of handcrafting uniquely dyed fabrics used for scarves to pillows and dolls. Oliberté worked with closely with Baobab to produce the fabrics for the collection.
Both companies are also Fair Trade Certified, which signifies they are made with respect to people and planet. Its rigorous social, environmental and economic standards work to promote safe, healthy working conditions, protect the environment, and empower communities to build strong
The collection will be available beginning on March 28 online at Oliberte.