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Sustainability

Social Sustainability


At Sarah Flint, we believe new luxury puts people first.

This means supporting our Italian artisans and their generations-old craft, working with family-owned factories on small-run releases. It means the luxury of original designs that are as beautiful as they are comfortable, offering style without sacrifice. Our new luxury is premium materials and superior products created without cutting corners or compromising on integrity. And it is the luxury of bringing you exceptional styles without the traditional wholesale mark-up, offering direct-to-you pricing every day.


OUR ARTISANS

We work with Italian artisans who handcraft every shoe and accessory that carries the Sarah Flint label. We recognize their talent, appreciating the many hours, vast knowledge, and familial practices behind each design. While many brands only assemble the shoes in Italy and do the stitching or cutting elsewhere, Sarah Flint shoes are 100% certified made in Italy alongside the leading luxury names in the world. We rely on skilled, artisanal production techniques backed by generations and largely left behind by modern mass manufacturing.

Our eight factory partners range in size from 8 to 55 artisans, and all are 3rd or 4th generation family-owned, taking enormous pride in each shoe created. The need for and presence of human skill, craftsmanship, and heart defines the true nature of our collections.

Our artisans are offered a master craftsman’s wage, health insurance, and all our factories abide by Italy’s strict labor regulations. Our team in Italy is in our factories every week to ensure our quality, conditions and values standards are being met. We have strong and lasting personal relationships with our artisans and their leaders: they are more than suppliers; they are part of the Sarah Flint family.


OUR PROCESS

We invest in small runs of enduring styles, focusing on high-quality materials and comfort-driven designs to make our shoes a part of your daily life. This in turns helps us minimize waste and our use of resources, as well as curb over-production. We choose to be mindful rather than simply making more.

Environmental Sustainability


At Sarah Flint, we believe new luxury considers the welfare of our planet.

Our premium leathers are all tanned in Italy where strict guidelines exist to minimize water pollution, and the tanneries are located near our factories to shorten shipping distances and minimize our carbon footprint. We don’t use any PVC, a synthetic plastic, in our shoes and accessories and we never will. We use water-based glues in our production process, which is non-toxic, eco-friendly, easily recyclable, and safe to handle for our artisans. Our dustbags and the fabric panels in our shoe boxes are 100% cotton and designed for reuse. Every element of our packaging is made of 100% recyclable materials and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, a third-party group that verifies that the land or resources being used are managed to preserve biological diversity and benefit the lives of local people and workers.

As we grow, we continue to explore and execute on environmental initiatives to improve our impact on our world. This is a work in progress, and we welcome your suggestions at sarahflint@sarahflint.com.

Our 2020/2021 initiatives include:

  • Sampling the use of SLOW leather in our footwear
  • Sampling a more sustainable base material for our heels
  • Sampling a more sustainable foam for our footwear
  • Ensuring our printed materials, like our packaging, contain only FSC-certified 100% recyclable materials
  • Launching a cobbler program to further the longevity of our footwear
  • Take the necessary steps to have 100% plastic free packaging