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The Highlander 2016 Collection

Our ultra-premium Highlander collection is back by popular demand, with two new models and our exclusive all-black colorway. Inspiration One of the founding principles when we started Oliberté was the creation of high-end footwear that could be worn for life. We … Continue reading

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How Fair Trade Benefits A Community

  October is Fair Trade month, and we wanted to highlight some of the positive benefits of Fair Trade principles to celebrate the continued advancement of this important movement. In its simplest form, Fair Trade benefits the millions of hardworking … Continue reading

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A Bright Future, Ethiopia’s Educational Improvement

With students around the world returning to their studies this month, we took a look at this trend in Ethiopia, and the massive improvements made over the past few decades. It’s no secret that a well-rounded education is an essential … Continue reading

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Labor Day, and What it Means to Us

As Labor day approaches to signal the end of Summer, we take a look at the history of this holiday and its origins. A welcome opportunity to get outside and adventure freely for a few days that was made possible … Continue reading

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A Short Guide To Ethiopia’s Must-Sees

Our experience in Ethiopia has been one full of valuable lessons and incredibly discoveries. Such an old and storied culture is bound to have many exciting attractions that reward the determined traveler. We collected a small list of sites that … Continue reading

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Addis Ababa – Land of Origins

We chose to set-up shop in Addis Ababa due to the tenacity and skill of its citizens, along with an abundance of high quality leathers and natural materials. We stayed due to the rich history of the city, and its … Continue reading

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Oliberté Celebrates our Factory’s Fourth Anniversary

  Our Ethiopian team took some well-deserved time off last week to celebrate our factory’s 4th anniversary. Timing worked out perfectly for our staff, as they were able to share a huge communal meal and party the day before the … Continue reading

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Ethiopia, A Country on the Rise

When we chose Ethiopia as the home of our factory, many people felt we were making a mistake based on their assumptions of business in that part of the world. We were told many times that other parts of the … Continue reading

Oliberté introduces a new Raffia bag line

From the outset, a huge part of our mission was to bring the work of skilled African artisans to a greater audience. Our latest project, the Raffia bag collection, is another step in the right direction. Africa is an amazing … Continue reading

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How does Oliberté aid economic development?

Our commitment to Fair Trade is based off our desire to aid in the development of communities worldwide. This article details how that happens. Since our humble beginnings, Oliberté’s stated goal has been to participate in the growth of sustainable … Continue reading

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Oliberté celebrates Earth Day 2016

On the 46th annual Earth Day celebration, we at Oliberté examine how we contribute to a healthier Earth, and how we can continue to improve. Today is an important day, as the world reminds itself that the planet that gives … Continue reading

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Oliberté and Baobab Batik, partners in empowering working women in Africa.

The inspiring team behind Baobab Batik, Oliberté’s latest partner in promoting fair trade goods created in Africa. We’ve teamed up with Baobab Batik, a brilliant company out of Swaziland that focuses on empowering the local women it works with each … Continue reading

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Oliberté teams up with the African Wildlife Foundation

Oliberté joins forces with the African Wildlife Foundation to aid in the ongoing efforts of the Simien Mountains Ranger Program.  Earlier this year, Oliberte and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) teamed up to make a special donation to the mountain … Continue reading

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MEET OUR TEAM: MEKDES ABEJE

Mekdes Abeje is a Senior Accountant at Oliberté Limited, Ethiopia Branch in Addis Ababa. She was born and grew up in Addis Ababa and is a graduate of the University of Addis Ababa. We sat down with Mekdes to find … Continue reading

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Michael Lavergne; Author of “Fixing Fashion; Changing the way we make, market and buy our clothes” and Responsible Supply Chain Consultant.

Primarily Michael Lavergne is a responsible supply chain consultant but 20 years of global brand and retail experience has led him to fulfilling project roles dealing with child labour, transparency, sustainable manufacture and SME social enterprise mentoring. Michael has just … Continue reading

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Where It’s Sourced: Oliberté Leather

Six lessons in sustainable leather manufacturing from Hussein Feyssa, manager at one of the world’s most progressive tanneries Walking around Hafde Tannery with Hussein Feyssa, marketing and technical manager at the family-run company founded in 1995, we saw engineers at … Continue reading

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Where It’s Made: Oliberté Gear Edition

How Ethiopian bag designer and entrepreneur Dagnachew Abebe champions the art of African handcrafted leather goods manufacturing Dagnachew Abebe and his employees make every single Oliberté bag, wallet, and passport case, handcrafting them in a workspace on the outskirts of … Continue reading

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Oliberté Factory at 1.5 years! Semi-Annual Report

Our workers formed a union.  Productivity is up by 30 percent. It’s been a good last 6 months. March, 2014 – Our factory has now been open for over one and a half years, and is stronger than ever. Since … Continue reading

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Oliberté’s factory in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: The world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ footwear manufacturing factory

We’ve been excited about this for months now, since our team’s first meetings in Ethiopia back in March. And we’re proud to finally be able to share that as of September 20, 2013, all the hard work our team put … Continue reading

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Back To Our Roots: The Antique Brown Leather

RE-INTRODUCING, FOR A LIMITED TIME: ANTIQUE BROWN LEATHER + ADIBO AND MOGADO HI. Back in the end of 2009, Oliberté kicked off its journey with several sleek sneaker styles, including the men’s Rovia and Hanobi (pictured below), and the women’s … Continue reading

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Oliberté + 1% For The Planet

SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 — Since day one, it has been our goal to be as good as possible to the world we work in and people who belong to our company. Companies in the footwear and apparel industry, as much … Continue reading

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Amon of Analog Players Society: Behind the Fall 2013 Soundtrack “Coule’ba”

(Above pictured, left to right: Amon, Missia, Famaro) For our Fall 2013 lookbook video, we were excited to be able to pair our visuals with an outstanding track from Analog Players Society. The song is the instrumental version of “Coule’ba,” a … Continue reading

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Oliberté Factory One Year Mark! The Semi-Annual Report

A little over a year ago, in early August 2012, we launched what had become a dream of our global team — an Oliberté factory to stand on its own. As much as we would like to say now that … Continue reading

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Behind the Oliberté Ethiopia Uniform

Nothing is more unifying than, well, a uniform. We’re excited to share the new button-up factory coats our Ethiopian team is now offered to wear every day. These uniforms are important for several reasons – they were made locally, supporting … Continue reading

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John Hook: Photographer, Oliberté Man, Dad Extraordinaire

This season, we were lucky to have this talented guy John Hook shoot our lookbook out in Hawaii, a connection made via a staffer who worked from there for almost a year. John comes with tons of experience and an … Continue reading

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To all our partner factories in Addis Ababa: Ameseginalehu!

Ameseginalehu means “thank you” in Ethiopia’s working language, Amharic. Oliberté is really starting to grow, and while our future only continues to look bright, it’s always important to reflect and remember the people who got us here. We have had … Continue reading

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The Scoop on Dan Landoni & His Awesome Oliberté Shoot

We love it when fans think of us for photo adventures, trips, or walks on the beach. So a couple weeks ago, when one such fan, Dan, contacted us to say that he was headed to the Appalachian mountains with … Continue reading

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The African Story Behind the Oliberté Stitchdown

Everything has a story, even if it’s not being told. Every product you buy was sewn somewhere. It was designed by someone. It was inspected, packaged, shipped by hand. We’re extremely proud of the story behind our goods. The basics? … Continue reading

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Factory Update, Six Months Later

Ethiopian General Manager Feraw and founder Tal outside of the Oliberté factory in December 2012. All photos by Ethiopian photographer Kinfe Sahlu Gulte, owner of Kinfe Film Production. February 1, 2013 – Since April 2012, our Ethiopian team has been … Continue reading

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Looking for Collaborating Artisans

We’re excited to kick off recycling collaborations, and we need your help in starting. We’re looking for leather crafters and artists who want to join the venture. We want one-off collaborations to help promote their talent, support our African team, … Continue reading

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Debuting: Oliberté’s Very Own Factory

BIG NEWS, F/W 2012: This August, we took a huge step.. We debuted our very own Oliberté shoe manufacturing factory in Ethiopia. Set up by our General Manager Feraw and his team, this factory gives Oliberté the chance to ensure the … Continue reading

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What’s in a (Bag) Name?

Usually, we name each of our footwear styles for a place in Africa. However, for the debut of our Oliberté bags, we decided to do things a little differently. Each bag name, instead, is dedicated to a person who is integral to … Continue reading

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Meet Feraw: General Manager of Oliberté Ethiopia

Feraw is one of the most important people with Oliberté – since the company’s start in 2009, the Oliberté Ethiopia Limited branch manager has found local sources for materials, developed products and patterns, and managing day to day events. He is … Continue reading

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Behind the Oliberté Sole

One of Oliberté’s priorities is vertical integration, and this extends far beyond the leather and rubber used to make our shoes. As much as possible, we source our machines and molds in Africa as well. A prime example is our … Continue reading

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Street Shots Around Addis Ababa

From Anna, May 2012 – While visiting the team in Ethiopia, I had the chance to shoot a couple of our SS12 shoes in the city where they’re made. Addis is a bustling, colorful place with a ton of beautiful folks … Continue reading

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Why Leather?

It’s time for us to bone up and admit it: Oliberté is not vegan. OK, maybe you’ve already realized this. Leather is the main component of our kicks (and, soon, bags!), but it’s not only because leather is sexy, durable, and … Continue reading