Interview with Juta Shoes

Thursday, 2 May 2019

We couldn't be more thrilled that the brilliant Joanna Hamer, co-founder and co-director of Juta Shoes joined us for our London Networking Event. Juta Shoes is a social enterprise based in East London that supports, trains and employs women who face barriers to work, to make their bespoke reclaimed leather espadrilles and teach their sustainable crafts workshops. You may remember Juta Shoes as we mentioned them in our Masterclass Branding a Sustainable Business, as an exemplary ethical business with a social mission. Juta Shoes is also a brilliant example of how manufacturing on a smaller scale can have a huge impact. Joanna was a 2016 Year Here fellow, and we're delighted to share some of her invaluable insight and gems of advice.


In this video, you'll learn:

  • About Juta shoes, who their employees are and how their workshops run
  • How they decide how to work with their remnant materials
  • How to work with leather
  • How social enterprises work
  • How they find and pay their makers
  • About the finances of the business and the grants they've won.
  • About the challenges, quality-control and ensuring makers get equal and consistent work.

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