The project

Serisole is inspired by the Espadrille wearing Basque people from the Atlantic coast of France and Spain. Inexpensive and practical the espadrille has been a mainstay for centuries, dating back to its primitive form, crafted from plant fibre some 4000 years ago. Humble in its raw simplicity yet highly biodegradable, this was the starting point for Serisole. Could we capture and refine the simplicity of the espadrille, using only three plant based materials? Whilst at the same time creating a product that is genuinely useful for a 21st century citizen, yet respectful and mindful of our world and its resources.

Benjamin Hall (United Kingdom)

BENJAMIN JOHN HALL highly experienced footwear designer based in London who also works as brand consultant and design lecturer at London’s top fashion universities. His close collaboration with top companies, like Clarks International, among others, underlines his experience in both brand image creation and design for the project.

Maria Moreira (Portugal)

Maria Ferreira Moreira has over 18 years’ experience in sourcing, developing and managing the production of footwear for both large international and smaller companies. She has been working across both men and women’s footwear collections. Her role as a representative of the Pilar Shoes Factory in Portugal is as remarkable as her territorial knowledge on Portuguese footwear industrial districts.