I recently received my first product that’s the result of something I backed on Kickstarter. I’ve supported half a dozen or so projects, but most of them are either still yet to deliver, or else are digital projects.
So receiving my Lasso slippers was a true delight.
This is a great project with a lovely product: a pair of slippers made from a single piece of felt each, which you self-assemble by threading together with a colourful shoelace.
Their Kickstarter page told the story in a simple, compelling way. Gaspard Tiné-Berès was studying at the RCA in London, and had to survive a freezing winter in a draughty Victorian flat with a cold stone floor. The slippers were a response to the need for warm feet.
Back in Paris, the designer found a local factory to make the slippers. A factory that’s a social enterprise, and employs disabled workers.
The Kickstarter campaign was successful, production started, and here I am with my slippers. The process of sewing them together is a lovely touch. It’s fun, quick, and feels like a bit of magic – turning something 2D into something wearable.
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