In Port-au-Prince, Haiti, discarded tires litter the streets, clog drainage systems,and are regularly burned as a method of disposal, releasing dangerous toxins into the air. Tires that avoid any of these fates end up in the ocean.
To combat this harmful practice, ethical and eco-friendly fashion brand, deux mains designs collects tires from the streets and bring them to their workshop where craftsmen and women who receive dignified and dependable employment, transform them into handmade sandals, totes and accessories.
Founded in 2015, deux mains attracted the attention of activist and designer Kenneth Cole. Together, they created the Love-Haiti Sandal line, sold online and at select Kenneth Cole retailers. deux mains designs sandals are handcrafted with genuine leather and have upcycled tire soles that are guaranteed to last through all of your adventures!
As deux mains’ product line expands, so do the ways in which they incorporate environmentally conscious practices into their production. All leather used in the beautiful products is locally sourced, as are the wood, clay, and other natural materials that are used to accent products that target eco-conscious, fashion forward consumers. Many of the accessories are crafted from scrap leather found in their workshop, ensuring no material goes to waste!
A mix of city sophistication and Caribbean charm, deux mains craftily integrates environmentally responsible practices with high-fashion design, all the while advancing its mission to fight poverty in Haiti through fashion and dignified employment. Every deux mains product carries a story and every purchase turns poverty into prosperity. Shop deux mains today and take your first step to ending poverty!
This article featured as part of our ongoing REPURPOSING series in Issue #19 of Revolve Magazine on page 7.