“All of our shoes and boots for men and women have historically featured traditional African stitchdown construction, but this spring’s new line is the first time we’ve offered women’s casual shoes with a slimmer profile and more vibrant color options,” says Tal Dehtiar, founder of Oliberté. Oliberté’
Featured Women’s Styles
The Blanca ($105) is a wingtip smoking slipper available in four colors, while the Mbozi ($105) features traditional African-style hand-stitched detailing. The Niami ($115), pictured here in lemon suede, is a moccasin-style boat shoe with a natural crepe-rubber outsole, while the Ralini ($110) is a classic smoking slipper embellished with a handcrafted toe fringe.
Featured Men’s Styles
The men’s collection expands on Oliberté’s wide selection of casual, rugged boot styles with several new shoes. A highlight in the men’s collection is the Lomayo ($125), a casual boat shoe featuring traditional African stitchdown construction, premium leather upper, goat leather lining and a natural crepe rubber outsole printed with a map of Ethiopia. The Dubano ($120) is a casual driving moccasin with two-hole lacing, while the Sogal ($110) is an easy-to-slip-
Sustainably Manufactured Bags and Wallets
The Gymano ($300) is a hand-crafted leather overnight bag sustainably manufactured in Ethiopia. Measuring 23 inches long and 10 inches wide, this spacious duffel has a large main compartment for your travel essentials, plus two side pockets. The Yezu ($230) is a soft-sided leather briefcase with casual-yet-sophisticated styling. Its spacious interior accommodates a 13-inch laptop plus accessories, while the horizontal side pocket is ideal for storing pens, an e-reader, a notebook and other small items. The 24-inch leather carrying straps can be used for toting this bag in-hand or over the shoulder. The Bazbo ($45) is a slim, hand-stitched bi-fold passport case with five card-holder slots.
Oliberté’s spring 2014 footwear line for men and women, all proudly displaying the Fair Trade Certified Factory logo, will be available at select retailers throughout North America and overseas, and on www.oliberte.com starting in February 2014.
Oliberté footwear, founded by Canadian entrepreneur and leader in corporate social responsibility Tal Dehtiar, manufactures hand-crafted casual leather shoes in the world’s Fair Trade Certified™ footwear factory. Located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Oliberté’s factory employs more than 80 skilled artisans who use an average of 1000 stitches per shoe, made from high-quality African leather uppers and natural crepe rubber soles. Oliberté supports sustainable employment and workers’ rights in Sub-Saharan Africa and is a member of 1% For the Planet and is a certified B Corporation. Oliberté goods are sold throughout the world at specialty retailers at http//www.oliberte.com.