DESIGNED IN BARCELONA,
MADE IN EUROPE
We believe in a better fashion industry.
We are determined to continue being part of the change for a better future where the fashion industry plays a positive role in the lives of all people involved. From the beginning, we partnered with suppliers that respect their workers, improve their living conditions, and provide them with a good working environment. Cheerfulness and goodwill can be found at our factories where employment supports current and future generations. Finally, we focused on finding suppliers in Europe that work under the same values as we believe in.
Our search started in our own country, Spain, but after visiting several factories and not meeting our expectations, we decided to knock the door on our neighbor country, Portugal. Portugal is well known not only for its quality footwear industry but also for the excellence of its service and the ability to deliver small series. We had finally found our supplier!
BY GREAT PEOPLE
WITH A FAIR SALARY
AND A NORMAL
EU WORKING SCHEDULE
Located in the North of Portugal, Felgueiras is the heart of the country’s footwear industry. Our supplier, You Shoes, is made up of artisans that really love the work they do. They have been maintaining a high standard of ethics -fair wages and shifts, gender equality- from the beginning. Most importantly, they treat their workers as family.
The employees of the factory receive an average salary of 850€/month distributed in 14 pays and its gender distribution is balanced (60% men – 40% women). They work 8 hours a day from Monday to Friday (from 8am to 6pm with 2-hour break to have breakfast and lunch); therefore, they work 40 hours a week and overtime hours are paid 50% more. On peak season, extra hours are permitted but also regulated; each worker is not allowed to work more than 2 extra hours per day. Concerning holidays, they have 22 working days of paid vacations a year.
OUR WORKERS ARE TREATED LIKE FAMILY.
HONEST AND ETHICAL
In SAYE, we encourage our suppliers to increase transparency by requiring our collaborators to perform social audits and recurrent chemical tests to verify that trust, integrity, and honesty are guaranteed in their work environments.
WE USE LOCAL MATERIALS
We only work with suppliers from the Iberian Peninsula and Europe. The concentration of our manufacturing suppliers within the same geographical area allows us to create an efficient and fast collaborating network which ensures the use of local materials and reduces our carbon footprint.
If we are at a stage where a new product is entering production, we place a lot of emphasis on selecting the appropriate suppliers to meet our quality standards and buying certified materials that contribute to reaching our sustainability goals.
In addition, sharing habits and customs with our collaborators facilitates communication and generates greater involvement of our suppliers in the project, which has a direct impact on the quality of our final product.