The Freja Boot crafted from cow leather features zip detailing on either side of the boot making it easy to pull on. The neat design hugs the foot and cuts off at a flattering ankle height, whilst modest heel height makes them perfect for wearing everyday. This classic style is your versatile seasonal piece, pairing perfectly with skirts, pants and dresses.
These shoes have been handmade in Agra, India by family owned and operated factory Gupta Overseas Pty Ltd. They have been in business for over 60 years and specialise in making shoes for the European market. We visit the factory two to three times a year to see our products being made, assess working conditions, source materials and learn new techniques.
Each design is tested at ELK HQ where the shoes are worn for a period to consider comfort, wear and style. The leather upper is made using REACH standards, a European Union regulation (1907/2006/EC) restricting the levels of specific chemical substances in goods. It is a bi product from the meat industry.
Gupta run an in-house training institute with the sole objective to train rural, underprivileged youths, particularly those who live below the poverty line to enhance their employability.
"These prospective candidates are mobilised by us. The company also arranges their accommodation and food and pay them a monthly stipend. The entire expenses of the training institute are born by us. It is so we who give back to the community and these people can then have skills to get work in the future." - Mr Chetan Gupta, Director
Upper: Cow Leather
Lining: Sheep Leather
These leather boots should be cleaned and conditioned with a neutral cream polish. Apply with a soft cloth and rub into dry or scuffed areas. Leather is a natural material and will age with wear. It is imperative that you avoid wetting or soaking these shoes in water as this will greatly affect the quality and appearance.
Take the fuss out of getting dressed with the Vekki Dress, featuring pleat detailing, crew neckline and relaxed sleeves this innovative design is a unique balance of form and function. This flattering style elongates your silhouette in deep blue ink. Accessorise by pairing with the Caisa Platform in off white.
This garment was designed by the ELK team and made by Tongxiang Jimmy Fashions in China. Jimmy has worked with us since 2010 making woven and knitted apparel. He has a team of 80 plus workers, the majority of whom are women. He is a member of Sedex, receiving regular auditing at the factory. Jimmy is actively working with us to make workplace improvements and operate an ethical and sustainable business. We visit Jimmy at least twice a year and he additionally comes to visit our team annually.
50% Cotton, 50% Polyester
The Fiola Wallet is handcrafted from soft leather that only gets better with age. Featuring a rolled flap edge, magnetic closure, twelve internal card slots, two storage pockets and a zip-around coin pocket to secure your belongings. Imprinted with our ELK logo, this elegant design is one to use and love for years to come.
BN has been a long-term supplier of Elk starting with a small collection in 2013. They are now one of our main suppliers of leather goods. All leathers are sourced from LWG tanneries which is an association that sets high industry standards and audits tanneries for environmental performance. Additionally, all products are passed by REACH standard regulations, meaning they are made with restricted levels of specific chemical substances in their goods.
They are a family business with all members of the immediate and extended family playing key roles. We visit BN at least twice a year and we have Elk agents on the ground working with them on transparency, quality and operational standards.
100% Vegetable Tanned Cow Leather
To maintain the beauty of your ELK wallet we recommend protective sprays and using a good quality leather conditioner to treat the product, which will increase its longevity. Do not put leather pieces on the ground or rub against abrasive surfaces. Leather is a natural material and will wear with age and use.
Embrace clean lines and elevate everyday dressing with the Maida Shirt. Considered details include a wide sleeve cuff featuring three buttons and a neat collar. This functional style can be worn loose or tucked into high waist trousers, for a smart and contemporary look.
These garments were made in China by Fluid Connection who were established in 2006 and are located in Hangzhou. They have been making garments for us since 2016 and we visit the operation at least two to three times a year. They too come to see us in Melbourne annually to work with our team. The factory that we make our products in is a relatively small operation but quite modern with automated systems for efficiencies and quality.
They are members of Sedex and we chose to operate with them not only for their skills but as they are located close to out fabric and trims suppliers, this reduces transportation impacts, costs and shares other third party suppliers such as dye and print houses.
They are actively working with us on ways to improve the sustainable profiles of our product including shifting to roll packing methods to reduce plastic consumption and replacing conventional sewing threads to recycled materials amongst many other things.
76% Organic Cotton, 21% Nylon, 3% Elastane
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