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Bryr Studio is a collection of hand-made clogs inspired by the West Coast lifestyle. Founded in 2012 and based out of their workshop in the Dogpatch district of San Francisco, every pair of Bryr clogs are hand-made by Isobel and her small team. Dedicated to the simple idea that the best products are made with the best materials, Bryr clogs are constructed using the strongest and most supple American leathers, and traditional European solid wood bases.
The name Bryr (pronounced B·rye·r, like the old English word for a thorny thicket) means to care in Swedish. We believe whole-heartedly in the intrinsic value of well-made things. With a nod towards 70's California design and a closet full of vintage clogs, we hope to bring a modern eye to classic craftsmanship.
Our Making Process
Each pair of our clogs are made-to-order, by hand, in our workshop in San Francisco. We are proud to say that all our leathers are sources from US tanneries, using the best (and most ecological) manufacturing processes. We decided to use US leather not just to support American manufacturing, but because after searching high and low for the best, strongest, most supple leathers to make our clogs, we found it in our own backyard. Our bases are hand routed out of solid wood and are light and strong.
We believe in slow fashion and in making things that last. We encourage our customers to come for a visit and stay a while, and we love to help them find their perfect clog. Our goal is to make you a pair of clogs that you'll love (and wear!) for a long time.
We are currently an all-women team of eight kick-ass ladies making clogs five to six days a week. Our retail space and production studio are all under one roof. The process of making each pair of clogs takes about a week, and every pair is touched by every person in the studio. Our queue is currently 30–45 days from your order date and on most days, we have the music playing, the pneumatic cutting machine going and we are all happily making.
About Isobel, our Founder and Chief Clog Maker
Born and raised in England, Isobel Schofield moved to the US as a teenager and feels most at home in San Francisco, California. In the spring of 2012, after more than 15 years in the apparel industry, Isobel left her job as a Design Director in search of something more. She had a gut feeling that there was a better way to make better things and went on what she calls a ‘creative walk-about’. It was during this time that Bryr Studio was born.
Isobel always had an urge to learn how to make shoes and following that path, she traveled from the coast of Spain to the mountains of Sedona and, finally, to build a studio in Northern California. After a year of learning, making and refining her craft, Isobel was finally ready to launch her line of women’s modern clogs. Bryr Studio officially launched in Isobel's home workshop, but now calls the Dogpatch district of San Francisco home.