WHO IS BEHIND SAYE?

When Marta asked Lizzie and Damian to join Wado, back in February 2017, they didn’t think twice. At that time, it was still just an idea of an online sneakers brand that would plant trees for each sale and that would hopefully collect enough funds from Kickstarter to cover some of the first production costs. From that moment on, the three of them were dedicated to the project, dealing with suppliers, fixing and improving prototypes and preparing the Kickstarter campaign.

The Kickstarter campaign was a huge success and In March 2018 Wado was finally launched. The first 7.000 pairs of sneakers were produced and they became the most funded Spanish fashion project ever on Kickstarter. One month later, in April 2018, they moved the project to Indiegogo and used the platform as an online sales channel for more than 20 months. That period allowed them to make the project grow and turn it into an actual company, employing 8 team members.

In December 2019 they closed Indiegogo and setup their own e-commerce shop. At around the same time, due to a trademark issue which prevented them from continuing to expand internationally, they decided to change their name to SAYE. 

AFTER ALL, WHAT MATTERS MOST IS NOT THE NAME,
BUT THE SOUL, VALUES AND THE OVERALL PURPOSE
THAT DEFINES THE BRAND.

AFTER ALL, WHAT MATTERS MOST IS NOT THE NAME, BUT THE SOUL, VALUES AND THE OVERALL PURPOSE THAT DEFINES THE BRAND.

Our goal is to make cool sneakers you’ll want to wear for years, while continuing to:

1. 

Become a zero-waste brand, by using bio-based and recycled materials.

2.

Fight for fair workforce conditions, producing only in certified factories.

3.

Fight against deforestation, planting 2 trees for each sale.

WHO WE ARE

MARTA LLAQUET

BARCELONA, SPAIN

CEO: SALES & MARKETING PERFORMANCE MANAGER.

ELIZABETH SABIN

BARCELONA, SPAIN

CMO: IMAGE & COMMUNICATION MANAGER.

DAMIAN AUGUSTYNIAK

LODZ, POLAND

COO: OPERATIONS & HR MANAGER.

JAVIER MÁIZ

BARCELONA, SPAIN

Product Design Engineer.

CANDELA CIORDIA

Chêne-Bougeries, switzerland

Administration Manager.

KEVIN CARDONA

CARACAS, VENEZUELA

GRAPHIC DESIGN MANAGER.

AGUSTINA SPUCCIA

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

Customer Service Manager.

LUCA MOMPEAN

BARCELONA, SPAIN

PRODUCT MANAGER.

SOPHIA ÁLVAREZ

BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA

CUSTOMER SERVICE ASSISTANT.

YASSIN SHAKER

CAIRO, EGYPT

WHOLESALE MANAGER.

MARIONA CALATHEA

BARCELONA, SPAIN

Image & Communication Assistant.

OUR TIMELINE

2017

FEBRUARY
Idea was born.

2018

MARCH
Kickstarter Launch.

APRIL
Indiegogo Launch.

Our first 7.000 pairs start to be produced.

MAY
We move to an actual office.

JUNE
We hired our first intern, Pierre, who comes straightforward from France.

Shipping to backers. We plant our first 14.000 trees in India.

JULY
Managing our first (and worst) customer service crisis is a complete nightmare, but we hire Clàudia to help us solve it!

OCTOBER
We finally have recurrent stock in our warehouse and start to make daily deliveries through Indiegogo.

NOVEMBER
We hired Javi, our new product designer. We need to start thinking in launching new things!

DECEMBER
Our Modelo ’89 sneaker gets improved and new organic and recycled materials from Spanish suppliers are introduced.

2019

JANUARY
Josu joins the team, we finally found our graphic designer!

FEBRUARY
Candela, our new customer service manager comes to help us with the backers!

MARCH
It’s been 1 year since the adventure started. 15.434 sneakers delivered to 67 countries and 30.868 trees planted in India and Zambia.

We make a rebranding and we change our logo. We also start designing our next Wado model.

MAY
Wado is awarded one of the “100 Best Ideas of the Year” by the Spanish magazine “Actualidad Económica”.

JUNE
Anna, our new customer service assistant comes in to help Cande!

JULY
We launch our first Fashion Film.

SEPTEMBER
The first vegan prototypes start to arrive at the office.

OCTOBER
Kevin joins the team to help us with the graphic design.

NOVEMBER
We launch our own e-commerce!

DECEMBER
Due to a trademark problem, Wado changes its name to SAYE.

After 25.000 sneakers sold on Indiegogo, we’re closing the platform to finally move to our own webshop.

2020

JANUARY
First month accomplished as SAYE. Everything has been great!

FEBRUARY
Anna leaves the team to continue on her great journey so we hired Agustina, our new costumer service assistant to help Candela. 

MARCH
It’s been 2 years since the adventure started. 55.472 trees planted among India, Zambia, Australia and the Amazon.

We start working from home due to COVID-19.

APRIL 
Our new socks are introduced. They look amazing!

MAY
We create a new online channel called "Cultiva" inside SAYE. We share books, documentaries and things that we believe may be of interest to the team.

JUNE
Luca joins the team as Product Manager to help us launch all we have in our minds!

JULY
After one year of research and development we are finally launching the 'NOT JUST VEGAN' collection.

AUGUST
We hired Sophia, our new costumer service assistant to help Candela & Agustina.

SEPTEMBER
We hired Yassin to increase our wholesale stores, with his help we have achieved to sell SAYE sneakers at 29 stores worldwide.

We have hired Mariona as an assistant in the image and communication department to improve and increase our community.

This month has been one of the most complicated in the customer service department. We have had many problems that have caused a bottleneck in the average response to our clients. However, thanks to these problems we have been able to search and find better solutions and processes for the department.

OCTOBER
In an effort to reduce our environmental impact, we've decided to avoid plastic bags. Instead, we are using biodegradable mailer bags made from corn starch (for every single order).

NOVEMBER
We proudly launched our first clothing collection made of 100% organic cotton, using natural dye and packaging to bring the most sustainable garment on the market. 

DECEMBER
We launched limited units of our Modelo '89 Vegan Mango, a sneaker made from primarily recycled mango fruit, a bio-based vegan leather and a bamboo lining that make a significant impact on consumers, the industry and of course, the environment.

We launched our new website dedicated to wholesale stores.

2017

FEBRUARY
Idea was born

2018

MARCH
Kickstarter Launch

APRIL
Indiegogo Launch

Our first 7.000 pairs start
to be produced

MAY
We move to an actual office

JUNE
We hire our first intern, Pierre, who
comes straightforward from France

Shipping to backers. We plant
our first 14.000 trees in India

JULY
Managing our first (and worst) customer
service crisis is a complete nightmare, but
we hire Clàudia to help us solve it!

OCTOBER
We finally have recurrent stock
in our warehouse and start to make
daily deliveries through Indiegogo

NOVEMBER
We hire Javi, our new product
designer. We need to start
thinking in launching new things!

DECEMBER
Our Modelo ’89 sneaker gets
improved and new organic and
recycled materials from Spanish
suppliers are introduced.

2019

JANUARY
Josu joins the team, we finally found
our graphic designer!

FEBRUARY
Candela, our new customer
service manager comes to
help us with the backers!

MARCH
It’s been 1 year since the adventure
started. 15.434 sneakers delivered to 67
countries and 30.868 trees planted
in India and Zambia.

We make a rebranding and we change
our logo. We also start designing
our next Wado model

MAY
Wado is awarded one of the
“100 Best Ideas of the Year”
by the Spanish magazine
“Actualidad Económica”.

JUNE
Anna, our new customer service
assistant comes in to help Cande!

JULY
We launch our first Fashion Film

SEPTEMBER
The first vegan prototypes
start to arrive at the office

OCTOBER
Kevin joins the team to help
us with the graphic design

NOVEMBER
We launch our own e-commerce!

DECEMBER
Due to a trademark problem,
Wado changes its name to SAYE

After 25.000 sneakers sold
on Indiegogo, we’re closing
the platform to finally move
to our own webshop

2020

JANUARY
First month accomplished as SAYE.
Everything has been great!

FEBRUARY
Anna leaves the team to continue on her great journey so we hire Agustina, our new costumer service assistant to help Candela.

MARCH
It’s been 2 years since the adventure started.
55.472 trees planted among India, Zambia,
Australia and the Amazon.

We start working from home due to COVID-19.

APRIL
Our new socks are introduced.
They look amazing!

MAY
We create a new online channel called "Cultiva" inside SAYE. We share books, documentaries and things that we believe may be of interest to the team.

JUNE
Luca joins the team as Product Manager to help us launch all we have in our minds!

JULY
After one year of research and development we are finally launching the 'NOT JUST VEGAN' collection.

AUGUST
We hire Sophia, our new costumer service assistant to help Candela & Agustina.

SEPTEMBER
We hired Yassin to increase our wholesale stores, with his help we have achieved to sell SAYE sneakers at 29 stores worldwide.

We have hired Mariona as an assistant in the image and communication department to improve and increase our community.

This month has been one of the most complicated in the customer service department. We have had many problems that have caused a bottleneck in the average response to our clients. However, thanks to these problems we have been able to search and find better solutions and processes for the department.

OCTOBER 
In an effort to reduce our environmental impact, we've decided to avoid plastic bags. Instead, we are using biodegradable mailer bags made from corn starch (for every single order).

NOVEMBER
We proudly launched our first clothing collection made of 100% organic cotton, using natural dye and packaging to bring the most sustainable garment on the market.

DECEMBER
We launched limited units of our Modelo '89 Vegan Mango, a sneaker made from primarily recycled mango fruit, a bio-based vegan leather and a bamboo lining that make a significant impact on consumers, the industry and of course, the environment.

We launched our new website dedicated to wholesale stores.


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