SERISOLE

100% NATURAL DESIGNER SHOE

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.

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

Through teaching footwear design over the past few years I’ve witnessed the transition in the importance of sustainable manufacturing. Having marked countless student projects on sustainable manufacturing I had a bit of a eureka moment where I sort of thought. “I should probably be doing this myself”.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

For me the best analogy for sustainable footwear production is smoking. There was a time when athletes used to endorse and help market cigarettes. Today this idea seems ludicrous. In the future we will look back in disbelief and ask ourselves: “Why did our ancestors create so many expendable consumer goods made with toxic materials throwing them so carelessly in to landfill at their end of life”. It’s obvious we should think more carefully about the things we make and what they’re made from. This was the birth of Serisole; made from natural, renewable and biodegradable materials.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

One of the hardest things when working with natural materials is merging them with footwear manufacturing processes. Often they don’t go hand in hand. Try telling the owner of a 3rd generation shoemaking factory that he shouldn’t be making shoes the way he has for the last twenty years, without plastic. It’s not easy!

THE COLLABORATION:

On this project collaboration with my partner has been crucial. Collaboration means an extended skill set, suddenly you have access to a whole other realm of expertise, things you wouldn’t normally know how to do are simply a phone call away. The power of two combined experts in achieving a goal is always better than one.

THE FUTURE:

At the time of writing this we are in our fourth week of Coronavirus lockdown. It’s unavoidable to mention the effect the virus will have on the world economy. Hopefully this is a time for change where people will consume less and buy better. We’re a company making a singular product from natural materials, a wardrobe staple as opposed to seasonal throw away. In this sentiment we think Serisole has a place in the future.

THE MESSAGE:

When you bring experts together from different fields this can be really fruitful. Although there’s no point in having two experts from exactly the same field working together, it’s when you cross breed expertise that new things can happen. It’s inspiring to be around other experts, it’s like opening up a box of brand new tools all at your disposal. 

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

3D metal panels

3D metal panels

A Flatpack Rocking chair

A Flatpack Rocking chair

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Tagenea

Tagenea

Seamless

Seamless

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Fresko

Fresko

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

Sense of nature

Sense of nature

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Manual bag

Manual bag

Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi

Sensing Color

Sensing Color

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Soft touch of industrial waste

Soft touch of industrial waste

We Are Not In This Alone

We Are Not In This Alone

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Bi-Circular Urban-Outdoor Fabric

Step Smart

Step Smart

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Tista

Tista

Fashion Design Courses

Fashion Design Courses

Velluto

Velluto

New Matters

New Matters

RemBrandt

RemBrandt

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Smartcoat

Smartcoat

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space Between

The Space Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

The light around your life

The light around your life

Lucid

Lucid

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Planned Space Pooling

Planned Space Pooling

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

NO1R

NO1R

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Baltabalta Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing for an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

KICS

KICS

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Second Life Bag

Second Life Bag

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair