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- Live Deux Mains
Your deux mains sandals are crafted by two hands using the authentic combination of up-cycled tires and locally sourced materials. Calling them the most impactful sandal in the world might be a bold statement, but here is how we back it up:
All of deux mains leather is produced in a tannery in Haiti, and sourced as a byproduct of the meat industry. That means we don’t support the killing of any animals for their skin, and we work with a local tannery that employs more than 115 people for its leather production.
Crafted with Thread Ground to Good™ canvas, this strap is made with the most responsible fabric in the world.
Our foot-beds are made from a foam with a high level of viscosity, softening from the pressure of wear thus allowing it to mold to your foot's’ contours. We purchase it from a local supplier who transports it from a factory where it is made in the Dominican Republic.
We source our glue cement for the adhesion of all of our sandals and accessories from a factory in Carrefour, Haiti where it is manufactured.
The soles of deux mains sandals are made from the sidewalls of discarded car tires. They are not melted down and reshaped, rather they keep their original form. The tires are collected, and the soles are cut and thinned to a perfect thickness by a community of refugees at the Haitian Dominican Border who were trained in partnership with our Non Profit partner, REBUILD globally. Each sole is unique, and has a past life of rolling through the streets of Port Au Prince, Haiti.
We source our clay beads from Papillon Enterprise where they take earth from deep beneath Haiti’s soil and transform it into beautiful accent pieces.
Anne Fertil, affectionately known as Mami Anne, has a smile that would brighten anyone’s day. She greets her colleagues happily every morning, usually with hugs. While she contributes to the entire sandal-making process, she primarily works as a seamstress.
Jean Robert Pluviose, our Production and Design Manager, is a brilliant and integral member of the REBUILD team. His creativity and precision are showcased in our beautiful tire sandals, and his calm disposition and open heart are the qualities that create the productive and encouraging atmosphere in our workshop.
Annette is one of our most recently hired artisans at REBUILD globally. Two years ago, she participated in a 3-month training with us in a capacity-building and job-creating program. After the three months of training, REBUILD did not have the capacity to bring her on as a full-time staff member. However, she was recently asked to come back on board as a full-time sandal craftswoman!
Minouche immediately showed talent at handcrafting, and has since become one of our most refined sandal makers. She is the first person to offer to stay late to finish an order, or come in on a day off to introduce the workshop to a customer, or spend extra time with the manager to learn a new pattern.
Brunel Zamor is our Haiti Liaison Officer. His natural talent for diplomacy, coupled with his intimate and authentic understanding of Haitian culture, allows REBUILD to operate with legitimacy and respect in the Haitian community.