At AERA we made a conscious decision to work exclusively with Italian materials suppliers and factories. We did this to ensure the highest level of quality, ethical working conditions and to minimize our materials’ transportation impacts on the environment.
Italy is a center of excellence in luxury footwear manufacturing, and has been for centuries. We chose to work with small, family owned businesses in the Veneto region, because we believe that, in a world of fast fashion and low-cost manufacturing, we should support true artisans that focus on the quality of their products and the livelihood of their employees. We have ensured that the people working for our two factory partners not only make living wages, but are treated as family. Using materials sourced from Italy also minimizes their transportation distance to the factories, and thus the transportation impacts of our materials on the environment.