Fashion’s potential to overcome borders is remarkable. And nowhere is this celebrated more than in the collaboration of two cultures. The Ethical Fashion Initiative unites Africa’s largest leather-producing country, Ethiopia, and footwear brand Camper for a limited edition collection produced entirely by local artisans. The innovative shoe collection aims to bridge the gap between fashion brands and micro-producers in developing countries. It features Camper’s original shoe, Camaleon, in tie-dye leather handmade by local artisans. Coming in a dark indigo for men and rich blue for women, the classic sandal and lace-up get a vibrant refresh with East African design.
In what makes the second collaboration between EFI and Camper, the combination of regional techniques and classic Camper design not only supports local craftsmanship, but creates a sustainable relationship between brand and producer. Being family-owned, partnership and creativity are central to Camper – values that have led them to support the tannery who produce the collection by improving their technical footwear capabilities.
With the aim of making fashion more conscious, the EFI have previously pioneered similar initiatives with Vivienne Westwood, Karen Walker and Stella McCartney. The EFI also works to support Africa’s legion of rising designers by encouraging them to collaborate with local creators. They not only work to build lasting relationships and provide work opportunities, but in turn minimise environmental impact and encourage fair trade. Camper’s work truly showcases fashion’s ability to uplift and give back to all the creative minds that make each piece possible.
Discover the EFI collaboration here.
Photography / Nader Adem