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FORTRESS OF INCA’S ETHICALLY MADE BOOTIES

FORTRESS OF INCA’S ETHICALLY MADE BOOTIES

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For my first brand spotlight, I want to introduce you to Austin-based shoe and accessories company Fortress of Inca. I love all of their shoes styles, but especially their ethically made booties. While in Austin, Diamonds Are Evil (my jewelry and accessories brand) shared a studio space with Fortress of Inca. We got to know the founder, Evan Streusand, and Marketing and Operations Manager, Mong Bui, pretty well during this time. It was cool to hear his founding story first hand and see the way his brand was developing.

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Shoes / Fortress of Inca / This low black booties has become a staple in my shoe wardrobe. It’s dressier than a desert boot, but still casual for everyday.

Jeans / Paige Denim / I wear the Hoxton High Waist Ultra Skinny Stretch Jeans almost daily right now. The high waist ensures that I don’t have to worry about them slipping too low when I bend over, and the stretch allows for easy squatting and movement throughout the day.

Top / Sold Out / A similar color but shorter length from Brooks Brothers, or a similar tunic top sweater

Purse / Sold Out / Here’s a similar, super cute, camel crossbody bag!

Bracelet / Zanny Adornments / One of my friends based in Austin, Texas made this lovely bracelet. I love wearing it! It reminds me both of her and the fun years I spent in Austin.

Fortress of Inca has four main beliefs that drive the way they run their business – from the design, to the factory, to the shelves.

Handmade

Premium Natural Materials

Sustainable Production

Fair Wages

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The handmade aspect comes from the initial discovery of handcrafted Peruvian boots. In 2004, Streusand was backpacking through South America and stumbled across colorful, lambskin-lined, locally-made boots. The idea of mixing traditional Incan textiles with the modern boot silhouette intrigued him, and he eventually brought these handcrafted boots to the States – the beginning of Fortress of Inca. The boots are still handmade in Peru by skilled craftsmen.

Fortress of Inca uses South American leather, Peruvian wood and local Peruvian rubber whenever possible. They only use the highest quality materials available. With regard to sustainability,

leather shoes are a helpful way to use a byproduct of another industry (meat) that otherwise would be organic waste and very harmful to the planet.

Around ten million tons of hides are produced each year by the meat industry. Fortress of Inca sees creating leather shoes as an ethical way to utilize these hides.

Their belief that workers receive fair wages is an important ethical consideration. Their factories are audited and investigated to make sure that the workers are being paid a fair living wage and social security insurance, as well as receiving adequate time off.

Earrings / Alibi NYC / Seriously one of my favorite pair of earrings I’ve ever owned. I love how simple cool they are!

Necklace / Fool’s Gold / A necklace design by me! Using laser cut wood and inlays of brass, the design features chevron cut outs and a delicate v shape.

In addition to having a strong ethical stance, the shoes themselves are amazing! Each pair is so unique, comfortable and easy to wear with almost anything. Here are a few of my favorites:

Fortress of Inca is based in Austin, Texas. And can be found online here :: website

little by little, one walks far.

Be sure and check out their website next time you need shoes and want to support a business that focuses on ethically made fashion and accessories. Follow along on their journey @fortressofinca

What are some of your favorite ethical fashion brands? I’m always on the lookout for new brands, especially ethically made booties!


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  1. Genevieve

    20 January

    I love Fortress of Inca! Great shoes, you wear them well!

    xo, Genevieve

    http://www.thestylesauce.com

    • meredith

      20 January

      Aw thanks =) I could stock my entire closet with that brand, for sure!

  2. Amber Baker

    20 January

    Those boots are cute, and I love the way you styled them! This company sounds interesting, and I like their beliefs. I’ll have to check them out!

    Amber – amberelb.com

    • meredith

      20 January

      Do it! The people behind the brand are so great and really believe in what they’re doing. It makes it easy to support something when it’s doing good for the world, too!

  3. Cielo

    21 January

    Those booties are so fab! Love the whole look! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • meredith

      21 January

      Thanks babe 😉

  4. Amy

    22 January

    This brand is new to me, will definitely be checking them out! Thank you for sharing babe.

    xx, Amy
    http://www.theluxilook.com

    • meredith

      25 January

      Do! They have so many cute items!

  5. Laura Mitbrodt

    23 January

    Those boots are so cute, I love how you styled them
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    • meredith

      25 January

      Thanks Laura! Definitely check out the brand – they have so many cute options!

  6. miri

    23 January

    I love those booties and their jewelry. So dainty!
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

    • meredith

      25 January

      Thanks so much Miri xoxo

  7. Tania

    31 January

    Gorgeous look babe! love you bag xx

    http://thelondonthing.co.uk/

    • meredith

      1 February

      Thanks xoxo =)

  8. Gemma

    1 February

    Love the look of these boots and it’s great that they are ethical too,

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • meredith

      18 February

      Thanks Gemma! Comfortable too! Three amazing points I try to consider when buying products 😉

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