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Nelson Made is built on a foundation of transparency, sustainability and ethical manufacturing.

People

Our production process reflects our purpose to protect the people who make our shoes.

Our flat sandals are made in-house in our clean energy Melbourne studio. Local production is important to us, because it supports our local industry, it keeps us connected to the making process and our community of makers, and it allows us to ensure your shoes are made with love to the highest quality standards so you can cherish your NM sandals forever. 

Our more complex heeled sandals are handcrafted in our family-run partner factory in China, which is independently audited twice a year by Qualspec. Qualspec is one of the leading social certification standards for factories and organisations across the globe. This certification ensures compliance to standards regarding child labour, forced or compulsory labour, health and safely, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.


“We believe in treating all people on this planet with respect and dignity and are committed to ensuring the working conditions in our supply chain are fair and safe”  Jamie

Planet

Our production process reflects our purpose to protect the natural environment. 

We handcraft beautiful sandals that are built to be cherished forever, reducing the number of pieces we make and buy, which, in turn, reduces our wardrobe’s impact on nature. 

“We believe in buying consciously, buying less and buying for forever. We make high quality pieces that are designed to last many years in women’s wardrobes. Our emphasis on extending the life cycle of our shoes extends to our complimentary repair and resizing service”  Jamie

Our Melbourne studio is powered by solar energy with Powershop, a clean energy co-operative, providing back-up power; our local & international orders are shipped with carbon neutral shipping companies in 100% biodegradable and compostable bags by the Better Packaging Co; and our packaging is made from 100% recycled and compostable paper products, ensuring that, from the inception of our shoes through to delivery at your door, our processes reflect our purpose to protect the natural environment.

 

Design

Jamie grew up on the beach in a coastal region of New Zealand, spending slow summer days watching the tide come in. Formative years spent in tune with nature instilled a desire to protect the natural world and the people in it.

Our design process has the rhythm of nature in mind. We believe designing beautiful footwear and minimising our impact are symbiotic, in that if we can achieve our design goals, to create beautiful sandals that are cherished in wardrobes forever, we are also achieving our environmental goals, to reduce our impact and to be part of the future fashion industry we want to see.

Materials

Our mission is to prove that it is possible to create luxurious products without causing unnecessary harm.

Footwear needs to be extremely durable, so the materials traditionally used have huge environmental impacts. We source high quality materials that are kind to both people and the planet. 

Our low impact materials include:

• Recycled leather
• Chrome free leather
• Leather Working Group (LWG) certified leather 
• Organic linen
• OEKO TEX-certified fabrics
• Deadstock fabrics

Our Melbourne Studio

Our flat sandals are made in-house in our clean energy Melbourne studio.

Local production is important to us, because it supports our local industry, it keeps us connected to the making process and our community of makers, and it allows us to ensure your shoes are made with love to the highest quality standards so you can cherish your NM sandals forever. 

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