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WIBES

High quality, handmade shoes that are environmentally-friendly and socially conscious

High quality, handmade shoes that are environmentally-friendly and socially conscious

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Look good and do good. A portion of your next purchase will be contributed to your chosen cause.

Shop Confidently

Look good and do good. A portion of your next purchase will be contributed to your chosen cause.

Shop Confidently

Look good and do good. A portion of your next purchase will be contributed to your chosen cause.
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The Brand Bio

Founders:
Aurélie Gisclon and Nicolas Raudrant
Established:
2017
Headquarters:
Nice, France
Countries of Manufacture:
France, Portugal and Côte d'Ivoire
Brand Awards:
French Design Institute's Janus Fashion Label of the Year 2018
Metropole de Nice Prize

Wibes is a high-quality, multicultural and ethical brand of sneakers founded by Aurélie Gisclon and Nicolas Raudrant. Julian, a childhood friend of Nicolas, joined the team and is now the brand's creative director and graphic designer.

Designed between Paris, France and Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, all their sneakers are made by a family-owned manufacturer in Portugal. The shoes are crafted with environmentally-friendly materials all coming from the same region in Portugal, located within 30 minutes from the manufacturer. The wax fabric the brand uses is authentic, designed and produced in the founders' hometown of Abidjan. Julian helped design the patterns on the wax fabrics, a material that he's very familiar with, back in Abidjan.

In addition to Wibes' environmental commitment, the brand is built around strong social values. They've partnered with a non-profit organisation supporting education and literacy in Côte d'Ivoire for more than 50 years. For each pair of sneakers sold, Wibes finances one day of school for a woman supported by the organisation.

Ethics and Aesthetics
Highlights from Wibes' environmental, social, and personal commitments

Environmental Commitments

Environmental Conservation Efforts and Practices
  • Has sustainability progress targets and policies in place to achieve these
  • Uses water respectfully and aims to reduce its water consumption
  • 21-50% of the energy the brand uses comes from renewable sources
Sustainable Product Design
  • Considers social and environmental factors during the design process and product development stages
  • Designs its products to last and withstand many wears over the years
Ethical Sourcing of Raw Materials
  • Uses natural and/or biodegradable fabrics in its collections and products
  • Uses organic materials in its production
  • Uses materials that are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified
  • Uses recycled materials (e.g. cotton, nylon etc.)

Ethical and Sustainable Production / Manufacturing

Manufacturing and Production Processes
  • Sources more than 50% of its raw materials and labour with local, independent suppliers
  • Outsources part of its manufacturing in Portugal
  • Manufactures its collections and products in limited quantities, avoiding mass production
Waste Management and Recycling
  • Has taken steps to reduce its manufacturing waste and has targets in place to achieve this

Fur-free

  • Does not, and has never, used any and all types of fur in its collections or any products

Design and Material Innovation

  • Uses fabrics engineered as smart clothing, designed to withstand wear and tear and for performance enhancement, specifically anti-microbial, anti-transpiration (sweat) lining

Personal and Social Commitments

Good Corporate Governance
  • Fair pay: All employees and subcontractors are paid the local minimum and/or living wage
  • Committed to and has policies / standards in place to ensure responsible labour practices and conditions (e.g. Code of Conduct)
  • Equal employment: ensures its hiring and employment practices do not, in any way, discriminate
  • Ensures safe working conditions for all employees
Fair Trade Practices
  • Conducts audits of its suppliers to ensure compliance with international labour standards
  • Suppliers pay fairly: ensures that its suppliers pay employees and subcontractors the local minimum and/or living wage
  • No child or forced labour: supplier/s have policies in place preventing any child and/or forced labour

Handcrafted, Artisanal

  • Products are handcrafted by the brand's partner artisans or manufacturers
  • Supports the preservation of cultural skills and techniques through handcrafted production

Charitable, Philanthropic

  • Has formed an alliance with a philanthropic cause supporting social and/or environmental issues, specifically the International Association of Women in Côte d'Ivoire (AIFCI in French), which has supported education and literacy in the country for more than 50 years. For each pair of sneakers sold, Wibes finances one day of school for a woman supported by the association.

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Take a peek into the world of Wibes

The Brand Bio

Founders:
Aurélie Gisclon and Nicolas Raudrant
Established:
2017
Headquarters:
Nice, France
Countries of Manufacture:
France, Portugal and Côte d'Ivoire
Brand Awards:
French Design Institute's Janus Fashion Label of the Year 2018
Metropole de Nice Prize

Wibes is a high-quality, multicultural and ethical brand of sneakers founded by Aurélie Gisclon and Nicolas Raudrant. Julian, a childhood friend of Nicolas, joined the team and is now the brand's creative director and graphic designer.

Designed between Paris, France and Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, all their sneakers are made by a family-owned manufacturer in Portugal. The shoes are crafted with environmentally-friendly materials all coming from the same region in Portugal, located within 30 minutes from the manufacturer. The wax fabric the brand uses is authentic, designed and produced in the founders' hometown of Abidjan. Julian helped design the patterns on the wax fabrics, a material that he's very familiar with, back in Abidjan.

In addition to Wibes' environmental commitment, the brand is built around strong social values. They've partnered with a non-profit organisation supporting education and literacy in Côte d'Ivoire for more than 50 years. For each pair of sneakers sold, Wibes finances one day of school for a woman supported by the organisation.

Ethics and Aesthetics
Highlights from Wibes' environmental, social, and personal commitments

Environmental Commitments

Environmental Conservation Efforts and Practices
  • Has sustainability progress targets and policies in place to achieve these
  • Uses water respectfully and aims to reduce its water consumption
  • 21-50% of the energy the brand uses comes from renewable sources
Sustainable Product Design
  • Considers social and environmental factors during the design process and product development stages
  • Designs its products to last and withstand many wears over the years
Ethical Sourcing of Raw Materials
  • Uses natural and/or biodegradable fabrics in its collections and products
  • Uses organic materials in its production
  • Uses materials that are Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified
  • Uses recycled materials (e.g. cotton, nylon etc.) 

Ethical and Sustainable Production / Manufacturing

Manufacturing and Production Processes
  • Sources more than 50% of its raw materials and labour with local, independent suppliers
  • Outsources part of its manufacturing in Portugal
  • Manufactures its collections and products in limited quantities, avoiding mass production
Waste Management and Recycling
  • Has taken steps to reduce its manufacturing waste and has targets in place to achieve this

Fur-free

  • Does not, and has never, used any and all types of animal fur in its collections or any products. As the brand's main and iconic material, Ocean 5 uses recycled PET canvas. This material does not have any connection with animals at all.

Design and Material Innovation

  • Uses fabrics engineered as smart clothing, designed to withstand wear and tear and for performance enhancement, specifically anti-microbial, anti-transpiration (sweat) lining

Personal and Social Commitments

Good Corporate Governance
  • Fair pay: All employees and subcontractors are paid the local minimum and/or living wage
  • Committed to and has policies / standards in place to ensure responsible labour practices and conditions (e.g. Code of Conduct)
  • Equal employment: ensures its hiring and employment practices do not, in any way, discriminate
  • Ensures safe working conditions for all employees
Fair Trade Practices
  • Conducts audits of its suppliers to ensure compliance with international labour standards
  • Suppliers pay fairly: ensures that its suppliers pay employees and subcontractors the local minimum and/or living wage
  • No child or forced labour: supplier/s have policies in place preventing any child and/or forced labour

Handcrafted, Artisanal

  • Products are handcrafted by the brand's partner artisans or manufacturers
  • Supports the preservation of cultural skills and techniques through handcrafted production

Charitable, Philanthropic

  • Has formed an alliance with a philanthropic cause supporting social and/or environmental issues, specifically the International Association of Women in Côte d'Ivoire (AIFCI in French), which has supported education and literacy in the country for more than 50 years. For each pair of sneakers sold, Wibes finances one day of school for a woman supported by the association.

Relevé Fashion in partnership with

share with you the UN Sustainable Development Goals supported by Wibes

Relevé Fashion in partnership with

share with you the UN Sustainable Development Goals supported by Wibes

The State of the Art
Take a peek into the world of Wibes

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