t h e s t o r y
Like many women, it was challenging to find stylish shoes that fit me well - without
compromising on comfort. In 2013, I enrolled in an artisanal shoemaking
workshop in Barcelona, where I designed and handcrafted my first pair of leather
shoes. From idea to fruition, I felt blissfully alive throughout the entire process.
This ignited passion, coupled with my familial and cultural ties, lead to the vision of
creating my own footwear label.
tamar april arevian
designer and owner
The concept originated in a dream I had of a sandal design that included multiple strap options for the single base. The very next morning I attempted to replicate that vision using materials and a pair of flip flops from my closet, then sketched the designs. During the next 9 months I personally sourced luxurious, quality materials and applied the artisanal shoemaking process to create the original prototypes.
Generations of my family have been immersed in the fashion industry. In the 20s and 30s, my maternal grandfather was a bespoke tailor in Beirut, Lebanon, while my paternal grandmother worked in DTLA's garment district as a sewing machine operator. Throughout the rest of the 20th century to the present day, their professions encompass buying and managing fine clothing stores, fashion modeling, and personal and wardrobe styling.
The world's oldest leather shoe was recently discovered in Armenia's Areni-1 cave. They date back to the Copper Age, about 3500b.c., and were remarkably preserved for millennia. It is clear that craftsmanship was a priority to my ancestors, as it was made from a single piece of cowhide and laced together by a leather cord to fit the owner perfectly.