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When is a Shoe Bag More Than Just a Bag?

When is a Shoe Bag More Than Just a Bag?

When we first began to dream about creating something with a bigger mission behind it, I was only thinking about one way to accomplish our mission. I thought it would only be done through the product we were creating.

We carefully planned out our styles, our processes and even our logistics.

However, there was one thing we didn’t think about: the possible potential for the packaging of our products. When we began to think about what we could do, we got excited about what it could provide for our mission as a company. 

Each Brave Soles item that leaves us and goes out into the world arrives at its destination wrapped in its own unique bag.

Granted, there’s nothing that special about a simple bag.

Except when you consider that you and I are not separate from the items we fill our world with.

We are connected to it all through the stories that are interwoven in our lives.

A simple shoe bag from Brave Soles can tell a great story:

  • It could have been the robe in a Christmas pageant worn by a “wise man”
  • It might have even been a maxi dress that had a lot of great cocktail parties before it went off rotation
  • Perhaps it was destined for the landfill as a roll-end and one of our team members dug it out of a back storage room in our continual quest to upcycle materials.

In our journey to grow and learn how to continue to bring our love of fashion, people and planet together, our little shoe bags have come to represent something to us that is personal, unique and inspiring.

Those little shoe bags represent the beginning of a new life for everything that’s connected to them. They keep the fabric out of landfills and they give your items a longer life by protecting them, However, perhaps the most exciting for us is that they help to provide tangible income for ladies in the communities we work in.

One of the those women is Carmen.

Carmen is a jewelry artisan and seamstress. She has come a long way in her journey from being vulnerable as a young single mother to being a homeowner. Much of that is due to the kindness of Canadian volunteers who helped her build her own home.

But that was just the beginning.

Along the way, Carmen also realized that she had some great skills and ideas. Most of all, she has shown herself and the world that she has the drive and integrity to make her ideas happen.

Carmen is one of our suppliers in our ever-growing supply chain for Brave Soles. We helped her buy her first sewing machine and she has helped us solve a problem for our packaging.

We all share part of the story of beauty in the world. Thanks for joining ours.

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Brave Soles are Officially Part of the Agents of Change: Climate Solutions

Brave Soles are Officially Part of the Agents of Change: Climate Solutions

We are so excited to finally be able to announce that Brave Soles is part of the 2018 cohort for the Agents of Change program at the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) in Toronto.

Here's what this means in plain English...

The  Agents of Change: Climate Solutions is a joint effort between the Government of Ontario and the Centre for Social Innovation. It's designed to help startups from a variety of backgrounds with one common goal: to build businesses that are going to help in the fight against climate change. 

Some of us are fashion businesses, some of us are agriculture initiatives and one of us is even figuring out how to make massive amounts of bread from beer :)

All of us are excited to have the opportunity to join forces and collectively work together for a better future we can all share in. 

Over the next year, we will be working closely to learn how to drastically cut down our greenhouse gas emissions, how to improve our supply chain management and how to build a sustainable business that can flourish because we are putting people, planet, and prosperity on a level playing field. 

We don't just want to say we believe in building a sustainable fashion industry - we want to prove to ourselves and our world that it is possible.

We are honored to be part of this new adventure, and you are part of that story. 

We will keep you updated as we learn and grow through this process and continue to create change through beauty and courage. 

Thanks for believing in us and thanks for having such great taste in shoes!

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A Quarter Turn in Your Thinking Can Make a Huge Difference

A Quarter Turn in Your Thinking Can Make a Huge Difference

When I think about how I want to move forward and how we can help people do the same, I think about the quarter turn of a champagne bottle.

There is no judgement on the sediment that collects in the bottle. It just is.

You don’t know what you don’t know. Until you know.

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Here's Why We Admire Amy Brand

Here's Why We Admire Amy Brand

Each member of our Indie Sales Team is diverse and inspiring with a unique and insightful way of looking at their world. Amy Brand, a Canadian that has replanted in Switzerland, is our newest team member...

Hello! I am a Canadian living in Switzerland with my Swiss husband and our two kids.
I run my own small beauty studio with a view of the Alps from home called Sugar Beauty Therapy. Mostly I do makeup, nails, and other cosmetic treatments, but I also enjoy painting and creating anything nice.
For me, it all falls under the category of “beauty therapy” :)
I have known Christal (our co-founder) for a long time, and have always admired the ways she has taken action to make a positive impact on people’s lives. I immediately loved the easy-going designs of the Brave Soles products and felt drawn to the idea of using fashion to do something good for the world.

My own path has taken many unexpected turns. One of the biggest turns was being diagnosed with Breast Cancer two years ago. 

I went through a fast and furious treatment of 8 rounds of chemotherapy in 8 weeks. This was followed by a 9-hour surgery to remove my ovaries and remove and reconstruct my breasts.
However, I am incredibly proud and grateful to say that I’m fine and back to normal life!
The BRCA1 gene mutation runs in my family. That's why I am proud of our many survivors and previvors kicking cancer’s butt... and then calmly picking themselves up and going on with living their lives.

I am inspired by people who take responsibility for their own happiness. People who take their focus off the negatives in life (we all have them) and choose to be joyful and thankful are the kind of people I like to be around and work with.

If we fill our own lives with happiness, it’s bound to spill over and have a positive effect on others too.
Like many of the people reading this, I have a dream for the next generation. That they will use their strengths and passions to work hard at something that makes them feel fulfilled. I think if people can feel good about their own lives, they are less likely to find fault in other people’s lives and are more likely to live in harmony.
I truly feel that there is something for everyone with the variety that Brave Soles provides. Everyone who enjoys looking stylish, while feeling comfortable will love Brave Soles!
I really am passionate about Brave Soles. The shoes and accessories are beautiful. I also really feel that making a positive impact on the environment is a powerful part of our story. However, the way Brave Soles enables ordinary people to help change the lives of more vulnerable people is the most beautiful thing to me.

Amy's favorite items? 

"I absolutely love the Jasmines! They’re as smooth as butter and so comfy I can wear them all day. I also love the Kristina clutch, it has such an effortless chicness about it."
Interested in learning more about joining our Indie Sales Team? Click here and get your questions answered!

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