Ethically Made Footwear With Poppy Barley

It really doesn’t feel like Spring where I am. We have yet to hit double digits and there’s snow in the forecast for today. But style and fashion must go on; we can still look good even though the weather doesn’t want us to right?

Enter ethical footwear maker Poppy Barley’s annual popup in collaboration with Vincent! For those of you in the Ottawa area, Poppy Barley’s regular trek to Ottawa is always highly anticipated and this year is no different.
From May 2nd to May 5th, Poppy Barley and Vincent will be hosting a lovely little popup on the third floor of the Rideau Centre. An awesome central location isn’t the only thing that will make this popup mad popular. Poppy Barley is a sustainability focused footwear and accessory company, and will be showcasing their Spring 2019 Capsule Collection and Summer 2019 Collection, PLUS they’re partnering with Soles4Souls, a non-profit that strives to provide shoes to people who need them most around the globe. Bring in your used/unwanted footwear during the duration of the pop-up to donate and receive a 10% discount off of your Poppy Barley purchase.

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If you’re based in Ottawa, head to the popup to shop ethical and slow fashion this weekend but FIRST – I have a giveaway for you! Head over to my Instagram (@msbeltempo) to find out how you can win a pair of Poppy Barley Heels and a $100 gift certificate to Vincent – only redeemable at the popup!

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In case you’re new to these retailers …

If you’ve never heard of Poppy Barley or Vincent you’re in for a treat. Both of these retailers have slow fashion and sustainability in mind – just like me! And likely just like you too!

Poppy Barley is a Canadian footwear and accessories company that offers classic, comfortable designs that have been ethically made in Mexico. Case in point: my boots and bag in these shots are both Poppy Barley – I’ve had my boots for several seasons and am still very much in love with them, and I’m so excited to get some use out of this new structured handbag! What does ethically made mean exactly?

I’m so glad you asked. For Poppy Barley, this means extensive vetting of factories, paying their works on average, six times the region’s minimum wage, full-time permanent employment with health care and pension benefits, fair working hours, paid vacation and sick leave, as well as ongoing training opportunities. Poppy Barley also has a shoe recycling program (If you’ve been following my Youtube Channel for a while you know how much I love reusing/recycled products) and is a partner of the Leather Working Group which is an organization that certifies leather tanneries for environmental compliance and waste reduction practices.

At Vincent, the awesome sisters who own it (Amanda and Angie – fellow Canadian-Italians!) hand pick each item with a focus on wearability, versatility and longevity. Not all their brands are certifiably sustainable but you’ll be able to find plenty of slow fashion faves like Emerson Fry.

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Sweater: secondhand via AMH Style / Denim: Levis / Boots & Bag: Poppy Barley / Glasses: Garrett Leight at Merivale Vision Care

We often tend to shop at the turn of every season, so I hope I’ve introduced you to two new companies that offer well-made and ethically made goods to add to your wardrobe.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway and see you there!

Thank you Poppy Barley for gifting me this bag and sponsoring this post!

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