Beyond Skin was born in 2001 because it seemed impossible to be both stylish and cruelty free. There were simply no gorgeous, vegan shoes to be found anywhere!
We started out making our first shoe samples in a small factory in E17 and just as we were about to start production it closed down. Slightly demoralised but eager to see our vision become a reality we eventually found another small factory on London's Holloway Road and in 2003 began to trade ethical shoes from our home on Agar Grove NW1.
We were very lucky around this time to have the wonderful Natalie Portman wear our vegan shoes at The Golden Globes, Oscars, and even in her movie ‘V for Vendetta’. Natalie Portman was, and continues to be, a great ambassador for Beyond Skin. This greatly helped us gain momentum and recognition with the media, and led to heaps of fabulous features in the likes of Vogue, Elle, Grazia etc. We went on to win many awards including Drapers, Grazia, RSPCA, PETA Proggy, Footwear Friends & Vegan Society, with more to follow ;)
As awareness of our brand increased, more and more boutiques began to ask us if they could carry our Beyond Skin designer shoes. We were unable to offer the Beyond Skin line to them wholesale due to the high cost of
Our Beyond Skin line was more sought after by boutiques than Sui Generis, however, to be able to offer Beyond Skin wholesale we knew we had to reduce our costs. We were very lucky to get introduced to an amazing woman who worked with lots of factories in
After a couple of seasons of designing both collections, Sui Generis in the
All of our shoes are now made in sunny
Each season (Spring Summer & Autumn Winter) we attend industry trade shows across the world to increase brand awareness & introduce our collections to wonderful new stores.
Our adventures still continue, look out next season for our new, more affordable line of essential styles, as well as our current line of boutique, vegan chic shoes. We also have plans to enter the world of accessories; purses and handbags, plus due to frequent email requests, we have started to plan our menswear range for the future. As you can see, we have many exciting plans in our vegan pipeline, so watch this space!