Making it Hyperlocal: The Story of a (Partially) Homemade Pair of Slippers
- Adele Peters wrote in Design, Transportation and Diy
When Gaspard Tine-Beres was a design student at the Royal College of Art in London, he had an assignment to make a truly local product: something not only made near the designer, but consumed locally too. He thought about what he needed himself, and since he happened to be living with friends in a poorly-heated house in the dead of winter, he was inspired to create a warm (and sustainable pair) of slippers. In London, it was easy to find local manufacturers who used leather. When Tine-Beres later moved to Paris, he wanted to keep the project local, and found a manufacturer using leather and wool felt in his own neighborhood.
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Images courtesy of Gaspard Tine-Beres and Ruben Valensi.