FRENCH DESIGN & VIETNAMESE CRAFTSMANSHIP
SUPPORTING THE EQUALITY OF VIETNAMESE WOMEN WITHIN THEIR FAMILIES
BUILDING SCHOOLS IN NORTH VIETNAM
The N'go Social Sneakers combine French design with handicraft from Vietnam. Each N'go Social Sneaker is decorated with a traditional fabric that has been hand-woven on a homemade loom.
The casual, wearable streetwear styles are refined by unique ethno patterns in different color and pattern variations that originate from independent handwork in the north of Vietnam.
FEMALE EMPOWERMENT & THE CRAFTSWOMEN OF VIETNAM
N'go works with a group of vietnamese women named White Thai. They were the first inspiration for N'go Shoes and are still significantly involved. Together with them the founders formed a women's cooperative, which allows flexible and emancipated work within their village. This way they do not have to leave their children to work with tourism in distant regions. This way the women can work and still take care of their children. This promotes the equality of women artisans within their families.
N'GO GIVES A PART OF THE PROFIT TO BUILD PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN NORTH VIETNAM.
Ronan and Kevin, the founders of N'go Shoes, want to have a positive impact on the lives of the artisans and their children. Building a long-term, fair trade relationship with the parents is one part of their commitment, the other part is building schools. They want to promote education in Vietnam, as it is one of the most effective methods of fighting poverty and initiating sustainable progress. Since 2017 they have successfully built 3 schools in North Vietnam. In cooperation with the Austrian non-profit organisation Sao Bien, the establishment of further schools is planned.
THE ARENDT TURTLE & THE MARY SKIRT
THE SOCIAL SNEAKER - MADE TO SUPPORT EQUALITY IN VIETNAM
The fabrics for the ethno ornaments are woven in the north of Vietnam and processed into modern sneakers and leisure shoes in the south. The sole and the footbed of the N'go sneaker are made of 95% local natural rubber, the leather is chrome-free and tanned according to gold standard. The selection of materials and the production of the shoes is done according to European standards.