The company believes in ‘Back to Slow’ – their footwear and accessories are designed with quality and longevity in mind. They design timeless pieces, made to last and consider the full product life cycle, including the materials used.
They don’t work with middlemen. They enjoy a close, direct relationship with their makers. They make everything close to home in small family run factories in Spain, where a wealth of shoe making tradition has been passed down through the generations.
Penelope Chilvers are passionate about keeping dying crafts alive. They work closely with the artisans, who have taught Penelope over the years, and they encourage age-old techniques, knowing that these are often more sustainable than newer ones.
The beauty of producing close to home means they don’t need to order en masse. Surplus raw materials are re-purposed. You will often see a repeated design or material in their collections. They call these Waste-Not-Want-Not-Pieces.
They avoid using plastic as much as possible in manufacturing and packaging. The packaging is minimal and plastic free, choosing biodegradable materials over non-biodegradable.