We’re husband and wife Jorge Sampaio and Luisa Azevedo. After completing studies in BSc Chemistry and Management Information Systems respectively, we started our careers in retail and distribution of branded footwear in London at the end of 1996. Footwear has been our passion for the past 20 years, we have naturally progressed in all areas of business, from design and range building to bespoke sourcing of materials and production.
Many years of working with designers and an insiders knowledge of the local industry have prompted long-lasting relationships with unique manufacturers we’ve collaborated with for years. After all these years, we have decided to return to our hometown in the north of Portugal and explore new avenues in footwear sourcing.
We’ve worked with new brands from scratch, driving them in their quest to find their signature and market positioning; helping a number of prestigious brands and retailers meet their expectations in a diverse range of men’s and women’s products from classic to contemporary.
We venture into the blurred lines of Art, Design and Fashion in everything we do. Our strong and confident personalities are matched to our enthusiasm for all things creative. It’s not a “lifestyle”, it’s just who we are.
We have a way of our own, celebrating our past and plotting a fresh vision forward through innovative ideas and products.
Noah . You Must Create . French Connection . Zadig & Voltaire . Rejina Pyo . Art Comes First . Armando Cabral . Facto . I Love Ugly . Ksubi . Opening Ceremony . b store . Swear London . Fred Perry . Henrik Vibskov . Rokin . Bernhard Willhelm . Ground Cover . Görtz . John Lawrence Sullivan . United Arrows . Asos.com . Comme des Garçons . Sperry Topsider . APC Paris . Vanessa Seward . Office . Free People . MNZ .
We’re obsessed with vintage and retro-inspired design and fuse it with modern construction techniques, meaningful details and a unique choice of materials to achieve one of a kind footwear. A throwback to simple lines and a tasteful neutrality in colors let the designs do the talking. Combine this with an ongoing dedication to product utility and lifespan and you got the simplest form of anti-hype.
From elegant ladies to modern hybrid sneakers, from Sidewall stitch to Goodyear welt construction, we are able to consistently deliver the goods.
In a world of make-believe, words such as handcrafted and artisan get thrown around too cheaply, be it in a brand’s bio or the launch of a sneaker capsule. Don’t believe the hype, mass production and aggressive lead times have made artisans in the industry a rare breed. We’ve been at this game for 20 years, it’s not down to luck that we know some of the best makers in our region of Porto.
These relationships allow us to bring together designers and manufacturers in a natural way, in the quest to develop singular product. We select and work with the best and most adequate manufacturing partners following careful research of the brand’s positioning and need in product type and price.
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