This Sneaker Drop Calls Out Vogue’s Unethical Practices


Vogue manufacturers usually attempt to construct hype with product drops–however not for a cause like this. German sneaker label Ekn has launched a brand new shoe that calls consideration to the style business’s exploitative enterprise practices. 

The sneaker, named Kamthala, flips the script on a standard mannequin whereby some trend corporations design merchandise within the World North and manufacture them within the World South–usually to the detriment of the atmosphere or staff. 

As a substitute, Kamthala was designed in Bangladesh by up-and-coming feminine designer Rokaiya Ahmed Purna and manufactured in Portugal. Additionally it is constituted of vegan and recycled supplies and will probably be out there globally for about $217 (200 euros), with all earnings going in direction of a brand new nonprofit in Bangladesh that helps ladies and ladies. 

Greater than a typical sneaker, Kamthala (named after and impressed by the jackfruit tree, the nationwide fruit of Bangladesh) makes a press release to the style business to cease unethical manufacturing practices in growing nations and likewise collaborate extra with artistic expertise outdoors the West. 

The footwear model desires to show trend’s exploitative practices on their headEkn

Hamburg-based artistic company Accenture Tune (previously generally known as Kolle Rebbe) developed the venture.

Calling on large trend

Ekn was based in 2015 by Noel Klein-Reesnick, who beforehand labored for New Stability and Adidas. His purpose with the footwear model is to supply a substitute for the style business’s inhumane and environmentally dangerous practices.

“Sadly, the repression of staff within the World South stays the premise upon which numerous worldwide trend manufacturers generate their earnings. This has to vary,” Klein-Reesnick instructed Adweek. “We’re conscious this shoe gained’t change the world, however we would like it to be an indication of respect. Hopefully it can make individuals assume in a different way and invite different manufacturers to vary their perspective.”

To change into extra progressive, the style business should additionally broaden the place it finds expertise, Klein-Reesnick added.  

“We predict it’s necessary for the style business and past to modify the best way we have a look at the world,” he continued. “Folks in so-called producing nations have the identical expertise, objectives and creativity, however they’re held again—usually by manufacturers that we put on each day.” 

There’s a rising demand for trend manufacturers to undertake extra moral and sustainable practices. For instance, earlier this month at Berlin Vogue Week, activist duo The Sure Males staged a spoof Adidas present exposing the inhumane working circumstances at southeast Asian factories the place lots of the model’s garments are made. 


Shopper: Ekn Footwear
Managing director: Noel Klein-Reesink                      
Artistic director: Marek Bäuerlein                
Product design: Rokaiya Ahmed Purna                      
Trainee : Raphael Mauckner                
Company: Accenture Tune
Managing director creation: Fabian Frese                  
Managing director shopper service: Lenart Wittgen                  
Govt artistic director: Martin Terhart               
Govt design director: Marcel Krempin                
Group artistic director: Alexander Grapp                 
Lead creation: Alexander Grapp, Felix Zielke                                     
Account managers: Anton Kröger, Kea Jacobs, Olga Baiz, David Gies            
Designers: Jakob Reinhard, Mitja Schneehage, Julia Fiedler 
Copywriters: Sofia Christidou, Lorenz Ritter, Rasesh Patkar  
UX designer: Emma Paraschiakou                 
PR: Jessica Hartley, Ruth van Doornik             


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