Sustainable handmade shoes and earrings.
Ethically made. Locally made. Made to order. Minimal waste. Sustainable. Transparent.
Done by Matea create unique handmade shoes and accessories with quality craftsmanship and a mindful approach to aesthetics vs sustainable materials.
Done by Matea is located and manufactured in Adelaide, South Australia.
Who makes your clothes?
I do – Matea Gluscevic.
Can you share a little more about your values?
Ethically made: Everything is made by me, from Australian suppliers. I try to make sure that everyone in my supply chain receives a normal Australian wage.
Locally made: I make everything myself in Adelaide.
Made to order: All footwear is made by me on a made to order basis. I make earrings in small batches based on demand.
Minimal waste: I keep all my scraps and will reuse leftovers to create new styles. Plus, being made to order means that I am only ever ordering materials for things that are being bought.
Sustainable: When I am selecting materials I use FSC certified sustainable timbers, deadstock leather (so I am not creating demand), and kangaroo leather (the most sustainable form of leather available). All of my packaging is recyclable or compostable. When I get things laser cut they are done with an Australian business that uses solar power for its machines.
Transparent: I provide material information on my product pages, as well as more detailed information regarding my materials and processes on my site on the Sustainability and Made to Order pages.
Vegan: On request I have vegan versions of several of my leather earrings. I can also make shoes with vegan materials on request.
Which particular fabrics do you use?
When selecting materials I use bamboo, FSC certified sustainable timbers, deadstock leather, kangaroo leather, and vegetable tanned leathers which use natural tannins as opposed to harsh chemicals. If I am using fabrics it will always be natural fibres, ideally organic cotton or linen.
Can you share some labels you admire?
Maison Martin Margiela, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo.
Price guide: $50 – 100 up to $500+
Size guide: All footwear sizes in mens and womens.
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