We’re firm believers that when it comes to the products you own, How it’s Made Matters. Have you ever wondered who the maker is behind your Ssekos?
How It’s Made
It’s here! Thanks to your support of our Kickstarter last Fall, we’re able to officially introduce Design Your Dream Sandals and bring completely customizable sandals to the world! Through the help of an expert Sseko Stylist, you can design a truly one-of-a-kind sandal, perfectly suited to your lifestyle and aesthetic. You choose your size, style, materials, color and even details like hand-beaded accents and monograms!
We can’t keep it a secret any longer—we’re so excited to announce the launch of our first-ever holiday jewelry collection today! In celebration of #GivingTuesday, we’re taking you behind-the-scenes and sharing with you how each piece is not only handcrafted, but helps to give opportunity to the women making it! In this season of “more more more”, we invite you to join us in giving better.
In light of giving better not more this Holiday season, we’ve focused on creating pieces that speak to both the lives of the wearer and the maker. Introducing the Nile Kitenge Capsule Collection!
Here at Sseko, we’re dreaming about leading the next frontier of transparent and customizable fashion. Imagine designing a truly one of a kind sandal, perfectly suited to your lifestyle and aesthetic. Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? Well, it can soon be a reality. We’re dreaming about leading the next frontier of transparent and customizable fashion with Design Your Dream Sandal now LIVE on Kickstarter!
Inspired by the creativity and vision of our customers, we’ve decided to take it one step further: completely customizable sandals. Whether you’re looking for sandals for your next big adventure, a new everyday favorite, a sandal that steals the show or even the perfect custom kicks for you and your bridesmaids, you’ll be able to bring that vision to life.
This is guest post written by ethical fashionista Bre Shanks.
On 24 April 2013, more than one thousand people were killed when the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Western multinationals like Primark, Walmart, and Mango produced clothing at the perilously constructed commercial building. The day before the collapse, inspectors had discovered significant cracks throughout the structure of the complex, where multiple floors had been added on illegally. Despite the grave warnings, factory owners demanded that their employees continue working. It was the deadliest garment-factory accident in history.
Fashion Revolution Day began as a way to ensure the same injustices aren’t repeated—or forgotten. Every year on April 24, consumers are challenged to ask brands who made what they’re wearing. By asking the questions that matter most, we can create an industry that values transparency, people, the environment, and profit in equal measure.
We at Sseko agree it’s time for a change. Bre interviewed the Sseko team about how they’re changing the world, one pair of sandals at a time.
A few years ago, I was asked to speak at a photography conference in Portland. Odd, you see, because I am not a photographer (but this is another matter altogether.) But the conference was happening literally four blocks away from our office and it seemed to be a rad gathering of folks from around the country…so I obliged!
Good thing, because that’s where I first crossed-paths with Caroline and Jayden Lee of Team Woodnote.
We are excited to introduce you to our latest and greatest sandal: the Silver & Espresso Crossover Slide designed by our friend & actress Sophia Bush! This Spring, we’ve introduced four brand-new additions to our sandal line, but the Crossover Slide is the most exciting for our team because it’s our first sandal to require a shoe last in the assembly process! We’ll give you a behind-the-scenes peak at how the sandal came to be, from Sophia’s design to the final production…
We’re often asked where our leather is sourced from, and we are proud to say that almost all of it comes from Ethiopia and Kenya! We work hard to source as many of our materials as possible (from beads to rubber!) in the East African region with the aim of supporting the local economy and community. The tanneries we work with mostly use hides from the animals of small family farmers and growing local businesses.
Leather & Livestock in East Africa
Though the brass bangles have been a Sseko staple for awhile now, we’re incredibly excited to announce our first major foray into the world of jewelry. The Brave Bracelet is entirely handmade in Uganda, using hammered brass wire, colorful beads, and a whole lot of talent.
First, brass wire is cut to size, hammered, and then shaped into a dainty geometric diamond.
Here, Josephine taps the wires to make sure the diamond shape is laying flat.