Sheepers started in 2015 when I was working as a graphic designer in central London. While I enjoyed my job, I had enough of the 9-5 and was bored of doing the same thing over and over. I wanted to do something different. My dad, Stanislaw, brought a pair of traditional Polish Moccasins as a gift for me after one of his many trips to Gdansk Poland, as he knew my well-loved ones were getting a little worse for wear after years of wearing them every day…
Normally Gorale would either work on a farm or hand make items to resell, this trade was dying out and now they have a fair income.
The gorale make the slippers by hand
We have ensured that Sheepers slippers are made ethically and are used from off cuts. This means that we do not bulk buy cheap sheepskin or wool. Instead, we use off cuts from other methods of farming. Not only is the handling of animals very important to us but also ensuring that the gorale has a fair wage.
We ensure the conditions they work in are comfortable and safe, and that they are paid fairly.
Nicola selling Sheepers slippers at markets in London
Slippers soon took over Nicola’s house in London
Sheepers’ first studio in north London
I eventually found a small studio in north London and have been able to employ a wonderful handful of staff who pack orders and help with the day-to-day running.
We have stockists all over the world including Anthropologie, Not On The High Street and Amazon, as well as independent brands.
Sheepers team at their first trade show
We are now onto our next chapter and are hoping to start trade shows firstly in the U.K. and then around the world. We are also looking to move into a bigger studio where we can have a lounge area open to the public, so you can come by and have a look at our products personally.
The journey is by no means over, we have done so much in this first year, but we have so much more to do and can’t wait to see where this next year takes us. We hope you will continue to follow our journey and stay part of the Sheepers flock!