Photo by Irene Kim
My name is Isobel. In May of 2012, I quit my corporate job as a design director at a major US retailer and went in search of something more. I chronicled my journey on my blog, The Creative Sabbatical. I'd always had an itch to make shoes, and so I decided to follow that dream.
In the Fall of 2014, I set up my workshop in San Francisco, and started hand-making clogs in small batches using traditional European wood bases and the best American leathers. They are hand cut, stapled and molded. It takes time to make each pair, but we think it's worth it. We hope you do, too.
I chose the name Bryr (pronounced Bri-er, like the old English word for a thorny thicket of roses) because it means to care in Swedish. I believe whole-heartedly in the intrinsic value of well-made things. I believe it's about time that we treated the things we wore with as much thought as the things we eat- that they are made with fair practices, that they are made to last and that they use sustainable materials. I want to make clogs that in 20 years, your daughter will pull out of the closet and want to wear because they are timeless, beautiful and well made.
I've been lucky enough to meet some really amazing ladies during this process. And they just happen to also love clogs as well! This spring I started a blog dedicated to interviewing these incredible people. Some of them are politicians, some mums, many of them are artists and designers, and all of them are beautiful, inspiring and strong. They are real people who inspire me to design.
This is not a glossy company with 100 employees and a marketing department trying to seem 'authentic'. This is the real deal.
Welcome to the journey.