What could be more timeless than an espadrille? For 150 years, the “Megam” factory has been manufacturing its cord shoes in its family workshop in Mauléon in the Basque Country. It is here that the Made in France models are made of recycled materials designed by the house Payote, made in 2016. Cutting the canvas, gluing the sole to sew the label, the smallest step is performed on site. Today, their espadrilles are not only timeless, but also more up to date than ever with their latest model made from an alternative to grape marc leather.
In reality, the famous espadrilles brand Perpignan is not the first vegan piece. But this one is of particular interest because it’s the first to be made with an alternative to leather made from grape pulp. The model was christened “Jean-Louis”, in tribute to the father of Olivier Gelly, the founder of Payote. “I come from a family of winegrowers in Maury,” he explains to L’Indépendant. Making this espadrille is an opportunity to establish the link between my parents’ activity and mine. But also to unite two French know-how.”
“With grape leather we keep the 100% vegetable side of our production”welcomes Marine Yamanaka, the brand’s product creation manager.
For now, the “Jean-Louis” espadrilles, priced at 55 euros, are available for pre-order on the site.