GUACHI: my handmade vegan shoes brand

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I am so exiting writing this post on the blog. After more than two years showing other brands and having trained in handcrafted footwear, I am ready to show you my own project: Guachi Shoes.
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My name is Ángela Sánchez, creator, designer and artisan behind GUACHI shoes, vegan shoes full of color and handmade with love in Seville, Spain.

Guachi is an expression of joy!

I like sustainable fashion so I try to use materials that are so, like the recycled tires soles.

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My website is under construction but you can follow me on Instagram @guachishoes and on my Facebook page @guachishoes to stay up to date with all the news and promotions. For more information or orders do not hesitate to write me a PM in these social networks or send me an email to: angela@guachishoes.com

I would very much like to hear your opinion. What model do you like the most? What do you value most when buying shoes? What do you think of recycled tire soles?

Thank you very much for following me and if you like my work, share it to be able to reach more people.

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Cocoono bags: minimalist vegan bags

This is Cocoono bags, a vegan bags brand created by Honorata and Michal in Poland that has the Vegan Approved label of PETA. In general they are practical, I am very impressed by their large cloth bags, ideal for good weather and summer trips. They define their style as simple, based on nature, following the minimalist trend.

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Nodo bag by Cocoono

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Pacco bag by Cocoono

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Boogi bag by Cocoono

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Lazy bag by Cocoono

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Shopper bag by Cocoono

You can visit their online store by clicking here, or if you prefer their Etsy store. If you like their designs you should follow them on: Cocoono’s Facebook, Cocoono’s Instagram where they usually post special deals.

Did you know this brand? If you bought a vegan bag this season, please tell us!

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My vegan sneakers

This post is very special for me. I already showed you the first vegan boots I made in England, this time I bring you my first animal free sneakers, with photos of the process step by step. This summer I decided that it was time to really learn how to make shoes and I went to Barcelona where I learned a lot from the artisan Christian Romero, an artisan who really loves his way of life.

I really liked the design process and choosing the fabrics, it is a process that requires time and creativity. When we have thought and outlined our design it is time to start making it real. The first thing we have to do is taping the last, marking the meetings and the height of the heel, and drawing a some basic lines.

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We copy thid on double kraft paper, adapting it and adding margins, creating a kind of glove that fits perfectly to the last. We adjust this cover and develop our own design taking into account certain points on which we work.

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Once we have our design ready we will adapt it to a flat pattern and we will work on the different parts of the shoe separately as if it were a puzzle in which all the pieces must fit.

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We are cutting the fabrics, reinforcements and lining according to the patterns and preparing them for the next step. We have to sew the parts with a lot of care so that we have a uniform stitching that outlines the margins well.

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Sewing the uppers of the sneakers

Assemblig the shoe is quite complex, you have to be patient and work with care to get a good result.

We put the insole on the last and we go assembling the cut, stretching it in several steps, nailing nails in the contour of the sole and sticking it in parts.

Once we have it ready, we fill the center of the sole with cork to make it flat.

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Assemblig the sneakers

 

The sole is also made manually by sanding a series of layers until reaching the desired shape.

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Finally we left the shoes in their lasts for about three days to settle well.

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Here you have the final result, this is a simplified summary but I hope it helps you to understand better the complex process behind the handmade footwear, many hours of work and dedication to create something unique made with love.

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Happy with my handmade sneakers

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My vegan handmade sneakers

What do you think? Do you like this sneakers style?

 

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Beautiful Christmas Gifts

Christmas time is coming! I want to help you in your shopping with these beautiful and animal free presents for everybody: rucksack, guitar strap or natural cosmetics to start the new year in good mood.

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Vegan bag by Dogo (Made in Turkey)

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Vegan belt by NAE (Made in Portugal)

 

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Vegan cosmetic set by Salvaje (Handmade in Spain)

 

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Vegan camera strap by Couch (Handmade in USA)

 

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Soothing water by Potions BCN (Handmade in Spain)

 

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Vegan purse by Vivari (Made in Italy)

 

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Vegan boot for woman by Beyond Skin (Made in Spain)

 

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Vegan boots for man by Burgeois Boheme (Made in Portugal)

 

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Vegan guitar strap by Couch (Handmade in USA)

 

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Vegan rucksack by Dogo (Made in Turkey)

I hope you have lovely Christmas with your friends and family.

Merry Christmas!

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10 Vegan rucksack handmade Autumn 2017

Here we are again, I am sorry I couldn’t update the blog for a while but I am busy working on something that I will tell you soon… Today I bring vegan rucksacks that I know you will love, all of them handmade.

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Vegan rucksack by Leafling (Handmade in Hungary)

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Vegan rucksack by Dacel Shop (Handmade in Latvia)

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Vegan rucksack by Maria Kent Studio (Handmade in Spain)

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Vegan rucksack by Aris Bag (Handmade in Hungary)

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Vegan rucksack by Aris Bag (Handmade in Hungary)

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Vegan rucksack by Marten Lab (Handmade in Italy)

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Vegan rucksack by Velibardo (Handmade in Bulgaria)

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Vegan rucksack by Eating The Goober (Handmade in Greece)

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Vegan rucksack by PRR Design (Handmade in Lithuania)

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Vegan rucksack by PRR Design (Handmade in Lithuania)

I like the autumn colors of the leaves in Aris Bag, but what can I say about the lovely animals in PRR Design rucksacks? They are adorable, aren’t they?

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NUNOYA, beautiful japanese fabrics

This is a blog about beautiful things so have to share with you my shopping experience in Nunoya, specialized in fabrics made in Japan. Their physical store is located in Barcelona (Calle Trafalgar 14, 08010), however they have online shop and sell to Europe, click here. I was lucky to visit their lovely store in Barcelona and I enjoyed it, they have a wide range of fabrics and small pieces for patchwork or anything else that you can imagine.

I chose these, combining several styles, with some and I know what I want to do, with others I have no idea but I could not resist to buy them.

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Everything I bought for about 30 euros. What do you think? Do you like Japanese fabrics?

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Good Mood Moon: vegan bags handmade in Ukraine

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Jhonny Ten clutch by Good Mood Moon

I love this brand of handmade vegan bags by July and Alex in Ukraine. They are passionate about animals and nature, so 5% of the orders is used to help organizations that care for abandoned animals. The design of their bags and accessories is minimalist but full of color contrasts, perfect for this spring.

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Floria bag by Good Mood Moon

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Frida bag by Good Mood Moon

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Charisma tote bag by Good Mood Moon

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CarryMe clutch by Good Mood Moon

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Stella bag by Good Mood Moon

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Front handle for clutch by Good Mood Moon

I recommend you to visit their shop in Etsy where you will surely find the perfect color combination for you.

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I made my own vegan shoes and I want to share with you my experience

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Moretonhampsted, England

Last month I took my first practical step in the world of vegan footwear, something that I had been investigating for a long time and I wanted to work on it with my own hands.

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Green Shoes workshop in Moretonhampsted

My experience took place in the Green Shoes workshop, in Moretonhampsted, England. The workshop is in an old church and the team, with Alison at the front, is very kind and patient.

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Stencils and parts of the boots

The first was to choose the model on which I was going to work, I chose boots and two colors of the same range for their different parts. They work with leather or lorica, which is an Italian material similar to leather but vegan and high quality, I chose this option.

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Tools

These are the tools needed to outline the stencil and lower the edges.

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I am working on the edges

It took me a little to lower the edges, in this material is not easy.

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Sewing in zigzag the heels

We started sewing the part of the heel in zigzag to give it more consistency.

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Sewing the outlines

We proceed to sew the contours, we must be very careful to make the finish good.

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Joining the different parts of the boots

The pieces are joined with a little of glue and then through the sewing machine. This type of footwear is sewn directly to the sole with the help of another machine.

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The boots almost finished

Here you can see the boots almost finished after giving them shape with the lashes, only need to sand and paste the rest of the sole. We had already ran out of the planned time so the boots were left in the workshop and when they were ready they sent them to me by mail.

I must say that the course was very interesting and also a challenge, it made me understand the complex process of handmade shoes. But the most important thing is that it left me the desire to go deeper, so these are the first shoes I have done but will not be the last.

When I received the boots my good friend and photographer Roser Díaz made this beautiful photo shoot. I hope you like it and if you want to know other works by her do not hesitate to go to her website: www.roserdiaz.com

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5 Vegan colourful rucksacks

 

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Rucksack by Sugulovas (Handmade in Lithuania)

I love wearing a rucksack, it is so practical and also can be so cool and colourful than these that I bring you today. All of them are vegan and handmade, if you want to know more about the brands follow the links below the pictures, they worth it.

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Rucksack by Konvaliya (Handmade in Ukraine)

 

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Rucksack by Velibardo (Handmade in Bulgaria)

 

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Rucksack by Freerangers (Handmade in England)

 

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Rucksack by Cycochik (Handmade in United States)

 

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Rucksack by Cycochik (Handmade in Unites States)

Will you wear the rucksack with the panther print? or Is your style more minimal like the first one?

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NUMON, upcycling you can create something beautiful

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Picture from NUMON Facebook

Some of you have spoken to me on the social media about this brand, and it was time for NUMON to have its blog post.
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Ramón & Núria in NUMON workshop

Núria is passionate about recycling and vintage style, she studied Fashion Design and when she finished she had a dream: to create “Bags with history”. In 2009 she met his partner Ramon, who made wallets with recycled comics as a hobby, which today still sell through their website. Together they launched NUMON, although at present only Núria is behind this interesting project, a brand of recycled and vegan accessories, handmade in her small workshop in Reus.
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Flight bag by NUMON

They use disused household clothes: tablecloths, sheets … vintage fabrics that recycle and give a touch of originality to their accesories where we can find from bags, gym bags or rucksacks, to cushions.

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Bag backpack by NUMON

Their backpacks-bag are very convenient.

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Collage bag by NUMON

Their handbags feature adjustable high quality imitation leather strap (suitable for vegans). They are produced in Italy and have the Ecolabel certificate. Durable and washable.

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Gym bag by NUMON

Since they are recycled, their production is very diverse and with limited units.

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Cushion by NUMON

They have accessories such as briefcases, cushions, purses and dressing cases.

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Picture from NUMON Instagram

I would like to have one of their rucksacks soon, but it will be difficult for me to decide with this beautiful variety of fabrics.

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