A human rights lawyer who brings the world to your feet
Our main story today is about Jessica and her company, Le Mondeur, which makes ethnically handcrafted shoes in Portugal, using artisan textiles from around the world. 

What we love about Le Mondeur is that it uses shoes as a canvas to tell the story behind each unique textile and fabric, and that it uses material that you don’t typically see on apparel in general (cork, anyone?). Their products are bright, fun, and energizing. 

Jess, take us from here.

Why I started Le Mondeur

I’m a human rights lawyer working on gender-based violence and child welfare, and I traveled quite a bit both for work and for fun. 

When I travel, I love finding interesting textiles and making them into things. Growing up as an American, I was not used to older, handmade textile traditions, and textiles tell the stories of people behind them.

I always wanted to have my own company, so I evolved this passion of mine into a real business.

How is Le Mondeur different 

For me, it's important to do meaningful collections and to surprise everyone with something new and unique. For example, we adapted a wall mural into a design that requires over 50,000 embroidery stitch points, and we just launched a Portugal collection that uses cork wood.  

For our Guatemala collection, we use a rainbow fabric that captures the vibrant weaving traditions of Guatemala, and directly support and empower the Chuaperol weaving group from Mayan Hands.

Mayan Hands is a fair trade nonprofit organization dedicated to providing economic and educational opportunities to Maya women so that they can bring their families out of extreme poverty as they continue to live within the culture they cherish.

 

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September 23, 2020 — Minette Yu