Even though the calendar say’s September, do not think for a moment that your sandal wearing days are behind you! You are going to fall head over “soles” for this amazing brand that we have been chatting with all summer! Get ready to fall in love with Marlandia! This is the destination for sustainable fashion from around the world. They are the exclusive distributor for Retalhos Cariocas sandals, a playful mix of Rio’s street and beach that turns heads everywhere they go. My personal favorite is the cheetah sandal (see below)! Plus they are our giveaway for this week, September 9th!!!!!
In the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, having a job is difficult, owning a business is unheard of, and working for violent drug trafficking gangs is often the only avenue for a young entrepreneur. It was in this context that Retalhos Cariocas was born, in North Rio’s Barreira do Vasco slum. Brainchild of designer Silvinha Oliveira, Retalhos Cariocas is a boot-strapping, socially responsible, eco-fashion micro enterprise. The fashion house trains and employs people from the slum, fighting its community out of poverty, one fabulous pair of sandals at a time. Retalhos Cariocas is a beacon of light for slum communities worldwide, proving that entrepreneurship, self-respect, and ownership can be achieved.
So now not only can you wear these fabulous shoes that have been featured in Vogue Brazil, Rio Fashion Week, Forbes Magazine, The Rio Times, Look Magazine U.K, High Snobiety, Superior Magaine Berlin and more, but you can also help support a truly life altering company!