The Florence
The Florence
The Florence
The Florence

Brave Soles

The Florence

This purse is going to be your go-to bag for a long time to come.
Named after our French Canadian team member who inspired it, the Florence is a reflection of what many of us value in a great leather bag: Simplicity. Class. Longevity.
With its timeless concept, the Florence wants to go with you everywhere and be part of every conversation. Take her to the coffee shop, the office, the sports event, the wine boutique and when you catch your cab for your overnight train trip.
She's classy and she loves hanging out. So why not go with the flow?


Stunning craftsmanship that marries leather and recycled tire inner tubes
Made of locally sourced leather
Upcycled tire inner tube accent
Inside large pocket
12" x 15" x 4"- 30.4cm x 38.1cm x 10.1cm
Comfortable shoulder strap length

Christal (co-founder and CEO) had been working and learning from a local community of garbage dump workers on the north coast of Dominican Republic.

Every day she worked at that dump was an adventure in laughter, connection, and the hard truths about our shared humanity. There were, however, also a heartbreaking amount of tires. They were a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases and they were a toxic nightmare.

She came up with the idea to use tires for soles on beautiful hand made shoes - and create a way to help the most vulnerable people in the process.

 

Christal and Florence are co founders of Brave Soles.
As their founder and chief optimist, Christal admits that her life has been stranger than fiction. Originally from a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, she now calls both Toronto and Cabarete, D.R. home.

From starting a global charity in 2000 to living between two countries since 2010 because of an international immigration situation gone sideways, she has kind of done it all. Christal is a writer, a professional speaker and an unshakeable believer in social change.

Flo, as they like to call her, is the mastermind behind our global logistics. Flo has an extensive background in online retail. Not only is she an avid online shopper (!) but she has worked in internet startups for much of her career. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, she now lives in the Dominican Republic on a farm with her husband Tommy and Ljana, the two loves of her life. She also loves to wake up and greet the day saying hi to her chickens, her donkey and her various critters around her property..

Brave Soles is female owned, ethically produced and globally inspired.

Every tire sole is hand cut and shaped to make these sustainable sandals. They are then sent to the workshop where the shoes are assembled using leather sourced from an eco-responsible certified tannery.

The sustainable footwear and eco conscious bags are all made in the Dominican Republic.


Shop Brave Soles products here


Learn more about our values here.

 

The Details

Stunning craftsmanship that marries leather and recycled tire inner tubes
Made of locally sourced leather
Upcycled tire inner tube accent
Inside large pocket
12" x 15" x 4"- 30.4cm x 38.1cm x 10.1cm
Comfortable shoulder strap length

The Cause

Christal (co-founder and CEO) had been working and learning from a local community of garbage dump workers on the north coast of Dominican Republic.

Every day she worked at that dump was an adventure in laughter, connection, and the hard truths about our shared humanity. There were, however, also a heartbreaking amount of tires. They were a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying deadly diseases and they were a toxic nightmare.

She came up with the idea to use tires for soles on beautiful hand made shoes - and create a way to help the most vulnerable people in the process.

The Woman

 

Christal and Florence are co founders of Brave Soles.
As their founder and chief optimist, Christal admits that her life has been stranger than fiction. Originally from a farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, she now calls both Toronto and Cabarete, D.R. home.

From starting a global charity in 2000 to living between two countries since 2010 because of an international immigration situation gone sideways, she has kind of done it all. Christal is a writer, a professional speaker and an unshakeable believer in social change.

Flo, as they like to call her, is the mastermind behind our global logistics. Flo has an extensive background in online retail. Not only is she an avid online shopper (!) but she has worked in internet startups for much of her career. Originally from Montreal, Quebec, she now lives in the Dominican Republic on a farm with her husband Tommy and Ljana, the two loves of her life. She also loves to wake up and greet the day saying hi to her chickens, her donkey and her various critters around her property..

The Brand

Brave Soles is female owned, ethically produced and globally inspired.

Every tire sole is hand cut and shaped to make these sustainable sandals. They are then sent to the workshop where the shoes are assembled using leather sourced from an eco-responsible certified tannery.

The sustainable footwear and eco conscious bags are all made in the Dominican Republic.


Shop Brave Soles products here

The Values


Learn more about our values here.

 

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