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thewhiteribbon

Handmade Leather Ballet Flats, Bridal and Wedding Shoes

Berlin, Germany · 3464 Sales

thewhiteribbon

Handmade Leather Ballet Flats, Bridal and Wedding Shoes

Berlin, Germany 3464 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(1084)

Shop owner

Dori

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Announcement   ✻ Short Holiday Break, please, read! ✻ we are taking a short break over the holiday season. Due to this our Etsy shop will be taking it’s last orders on December 20th, 2016 which will be shipped on the 21st (Central European Time Zone), before post office closing hours.

We will be back, refreshed and in full swing ready to answer your messages and take orders again on January 2nd, 2017. These orders will be dispatched on January 6th, 2017, from this date we will be back to our regular shipping schedule.

Custom orders: please, note due to our Holiday Break, we will not be able to take custom orders from 25th November till 2nd January.

We thank you for your understanding and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful holiday season. Much love, thewhiteribbon.

Please, read our policies before placing your order:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thewhiteribbon?ref=hdr_shop_menu#policies

✒ for blog, magazine features and wholesale inquiries, please contact us at: info [!at] thewhiteribbon.com


℘ Sizing

Our ballet flats are made slightly smaller than standard. If you are a consistent size, please, choose your usual size. If you are in between two sizes, please, choose the larger.

℘ Shipping

Items ship from Berlin with Deutsche Post, recorded delivery:

2-5 working days (from shipping date!) within the European Union.
5-15 working days (from the shipping date!) outside of the EU.

Thank you for supporting handmade ♥

Contacts:

Customer service (product related questions): sky [!at] thewhiteribbon.com

Blogs, Press, Wholesale: info [!at] thewhiteribbon.com

www.thewhiteribbon.com
info [!at] thewhiteribbon.com
Instagram: thewhiteribbon.berlin
Facebook: thewhiteribbon.berlin

Announcement

Last updated on Dec 5, 2016

✻ Short Holiday Break, please, read! ✻ we are taking a short break over the holiday season. Due to this our Etsy shop will be taking it’s last orders on December 20th, 2016 which will be shipped on the 21st (Central European Time Zone), before post office closing hours.

We will be back, refreshed and in full swing ready to answer your messages and take orders again on January 2nd, 2017. These orders will be dispatched on January 6th, 2017, from this date we will be back to our regular shipping schedule.

Custom orders: please, note due to our Holiday Break, we will not be able to take custom orders from 25th November till 2nd January.

We thank you for your understanding and would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful holiday season. Much love, thewhiteribbon.

Please, read our policies before placing your order:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/thewhiteribbon?ref=hdr_shop_menu#policies

✒ for blog, magazine features and wholesale inquiries, please contact us at: info [!at] thewhiteribbon.com


℘ Sizing

Our ballet flats are made slightly smaller than standard. If you are a consistent size, please, choose your usual size. If you are in between two sizes, please, choose the larger.

℘ Shipping

Items ship from Berlin with Deutsche Post, recorded delivery:

2-5 working days (from shipping date!) within the European Union.
5-15 working days (from the shipping date!) outside of the EU.

Thank you for supporting handmade ♥

Contacts:

Customer service (product related questions): sky [!at] thewhiteribbon.com

Blogs, Press, Wholesale: info [!at] thewhiteribbon.com

www.thewhiteribbon.com
info [!at] thewhiteribbon.com
Instagram: thewhiteribbon.berlin
Facebook: thewhiteribbon.berlin

Dori

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5 out of 5 stars
(1084)
Christin Heinemann

Christin Heinemann on Dec 6, 2016

4 out of 5 stars

Der Schuh ist wundersch?n. Gut verarbeitet. Tadellos!!! Halbe Nummer gr??er und er w?re perfekt...laufe ihn jetzt ein und werde bestimmt viel Spa? damit auf meiner Hochzeit haben! Vielen Dank.

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Updates

Ready with out Fall/Winter Wedding Shoes Collection, you'll find all of these beauties in our Etsy Shop Now :)
Bridal Ivory Vanilla tone ballet flats from Fall/Winter 2016 Collection
New Fabric Option for bridal ballet flats: White Nubuck
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About

Traditional shoe-making with minimalist design

our story...

The story of thewhiteribbon began in 2008, when Dori travelled to Marrakech for an artisan's NGO project. By somewhat of a coincidence, she discovered the work of a uniquely talented artisan, who soon became her mentor. As an art&design student at the time, she decided to create a project based on traditional north african shoes. With the collaboration of the helpful shoemaker, the first collection was soon born. The inspiration was drawn from North African crafts, however created with a minimal design, resembling contemporary ballet flats.
As it was back then and till today, we keep the concept of working with traditional&sustainable methods, using wooden lasts and natural, raw fabrics.

A few years and a lot more experience on, today, all of our designs are entirely handmade by a small team of highly skilled artisans in two amazing corners of the world; Budapest and Marrakech. Our ballet flats and bags are entirely designed by Dori and are made in collaboration with our two main artisans; Malek and Pista Bacsi (uncle Steve in Hungarian). The current set-up means Dori travels a lot in the Budapest-Berlin-Marrakech triangle; designing, selecting fabrics, setting up the production phases as well as doing all the photography and a myriad of other things that are involved when having your own business…

our philosophy...

Coming from a country (Hungary, where shoemaking is only second to Italy..!) and where hand-crafting shoes and tailoring clothes were once respected occupations, we find it important to collaborate with those rare craftsmen and artisans who still represent the values of handmade. The art of handmade shoes in Hungary is disappearing (with the exception of the famous Budapester shoes), as most people choose to buy cheaper, factory made shoes, usually from Asia. We are aware handmade shoes are more costly, however we believe they are also of higher quality and worth an investment. Having a pair made for you is certainly a special treat.

We aim to align these traditional values with a conscious brand philosophy. We consider and plan every aspect of our project, from fabrics we use to all products being hand-made to making sure our artisans are fairly paid partners, working under fair working conditions. We all know each other personally and truly work as a team.

From an ecological and designing perspective our ballet flats and oxford shoes bare the specialty of overlapping upper layers design (similarly to many african and far-eastern traditional shoes). Due to the shoes' special design, we are able to use smaller fabrics and minimise our leather waste. Adding to this, we often re-use the leather waste from our shoe-making to create small pouches or we up-cycle tiny fabric pieces for jewelry.

We also use almost exclusively leathers that are 'left-overs or waste'. We work with a small family business (a lovely couple in Budapest) who travel seasonally to Italy to buy off over-produced or 'faulty' leather fabrics from the most famous fashion businesses. As a result, we are often working with fabrics from Prada, Chanel and the likes..!

currently...

Our novelties include the opening of our first ever concept store in March, 2015, in the heart of Berlin. Our new store also hosts the work of fellow local designers.

Reaching further, since last summer we have been also working with a Palestinian women's cooperative in East Jerusalem to create a small collection of tote bags and pillow cases, which are hand-embroidered. These creations are currently only sold in our Berlin store.

The very newest project is a collaboration with artisans in the Himalayan region of Nepal and India, where we are already working on a collection of truly unique and beautiful handmade blanket scarves. First collection will be available during the summer of 2015 in our online and physical store.

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Shop members

  • Dori

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Dori founded the TWR in 2011. She is the designer, partly the maker with the craftspeople team and the photographer of all products. She graduated in design&photography in London, after uni moved to Berlin, where the project is based since 2012.

  • Sebastian

    Customer Service, Assistant

    Sebastian is a talented furniture maker and audio engineer who has been helping the project expanding since 2013. He helps with almost all parts of our work, including design, development and customer service with our German customers.

  • Skye

    Customer Service, Photographer

    Skye joined our team in September, 2016. She is a photographer from Australia, who has worked in the fashion industry in New York, Australia and Berlin. Her heart is in small, sustainable businesses like ours. You can turn to her with any questions.

Manufacturers

  • Pista Bacsi Shoemaker

    Budapest, Hungary

    Before meeting Pista Bacsi a few years ago, his main craft was custom horse riding boots. He has worked as a shoemaker for 40 years now. We met a few years ago and since than he dedicates all his time to thewhiteribbon.

Shop policies

Last updated on October 14, 2016
Welcome to thewhiteribbon. We are happy you are here!

We design and make leather ballet flats. We source our leather and vintage fabrics responsibly. Most of our leather (around 80% is) up-cycled and comes from Italy. We often use leather fabrics from overproduction of high-end fashion brands. We use what is faulty or excess for them. As we use small pieces of fabrics for our shoes, we can easily cut the 'mistakes' and use the best parts of the fabric.

Accepted payment methods

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Payment
We accept Paypal and card payments through Etsy's Dircet Check Out System.

All payments are due upon purchase. If payment is not made within 3 working days of purchase, seller has the right to refuse and cancel the order.

We are happy to reserve products for 7 calendar days. Please, message us for reservations. Reservations will automatically be cancelled if payment has not been made in 7 calendar days.

All prices include VAT.
Shipping
Your item will be shipped from Berlin, Germany with Deutsche Post DHL.

To track your package please, use this link and click for English on the bottom right of the site:

https://www.deutschepost.de/sendung/simpleQuery.html

Delivery times:

For ready to ship items (estimated time from shipping date to arrival):

European Union: 2-5 working days.
Outside of European Union: 5-15 working days.

For made to order items:

2-4 weeks + the above shipping times.

All parcels are sent recorded and insured. You will receive a tracking number, which you can find in the invoice. Please, go to Purchases to see your tracking number.

Express shipping is available within Europe with DPD Germany. Please, write to us if you would like to have your item shipped with express.

Expedited shipping is not available to customers outside of Europe.
Refunds and Exchanges
If for any reason you are not happy with the product you receive from us, you can send it back to us within 14 days of receiving the item. You can return the item for a refund or exchange. Our aim is to work with you until you have the product you are happy with.

Please, do carefully read our sizing charts and measurements. We are always here to help you with sizing, so please, feel free to contact us if in doubt.

Our aim is to describe any item as close to actuality as possible. If the visual or written description differs from the item you receive, please contact us, and we will exchange or refund your item.

Please, do keep in mind that we work with up-cycled leather. As leather is an organic fabric, it has naturally occurring differences of texture. We select the fabrics carefully, however, we will also not throw away fabrics we judge as good quality to work with. If for any reason, you do not like the item you received, please, message us and we will change it for you.

RETURNS

The following points are crucial in returning your items, please, take the time to read this:

You must contact us in writing before sending the products back, according to European Law. Products sent back without prior notification will not be accepted as return.

Once, we receive your message about returning an item, we will send you details on how to return your product.

Return shipping is the customer's responsibility.

Returns must be filed within 14 days. We will refund an item within 14 days of registering the return of your item. We will try to arrange your refund within less than 14 days, however, please, note this is our legal right and we will consider it so.

Products must be sent back in original, clean and unworn condition. Worn products will not be accepted for returns or exchanges.

All ballet flats should be tried on a clean surface. For hygienic reasons shoes must be first tried on with thin socks or stockings. We recommend trying the ballet flats on soft carpets to avoid scratching the soles.

Our return address:

Dora Hoffmann
c/o thewhiteribbon
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 35, HH 4te Stock
10999, Berlin
Germany

Items should be sent pack in their original packaging or similar. Please, do not use padded envelopes for sending the shoes back. Ballet Flats should be sent back in appropriate packaging, such as carton boxes.

Items should be sent back declared as 'returns'.

We are not responsible for lost items or damaged caused upon return delivery from customer to us.

Custom orders (item made to specific sizing and measurements) cannot be returned. Sale items cannot be returned, unless faulty, damaged or not as described.

EXCHANGES

You can exchange an item in 14 days of receipt. Similarly to returns, you must inform us about your wish to exchange an item.

To ensure a smooth exchange process, please read the following:

All ballet flats must be returned in unused, like-new, undamaged condition. You can return them in any safe box (it does not have to be in their original box).

All ballet flats should be tried on a clean surface. For hygienic reasons shoes must be first tried on with thin socks or stockings and at home not to scratch the soles!

We cannot refund or exchange used or customer damaged products. Please, make sure the ballet flats are tried on at home on smooth surface first. All products will be inspected on return.

Return shipping will be the customer's responsibility. We will pay for shipping back to the customer in case of exchanges. We can only exchange a pair maximum once.

We are not responsible for lost items or damaged caused upon return delivery from customer to us.

Items must be returned with recorded delivery services to ensure security of returned parcels. Returned products MUST be shipped back within 14 days.

Limited edition and sale items: cannot be exchanged or refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
Please, do check our sizing chart before choosing your size. Our ballet flats are made slightly on the smaller side. If you are a consistent size (always wear the same, such as eu 39 / us 8), please, choose your usual size. If you are between sizes, please, choose the larger.

Sizes comparison and measurements of the SOLES of the ballet flats (upper parts of the shoes give 1-1.5 cm more space):

eu 36. us 5.5 l: 23 cm/9.05" w: 7.5 cm/2.95" (widest point)

eu 37. us 6.5 l: 23.5 cm/9.25" w: 7.5 cm/2.95"

eu 38. us 7 l: 24 cm/9.44" w: 7.7 cm/3.03"

eu 39. us 8. l: 24.5 cm/9.6" w: 8 cm/3.14"

eu 40. us 9. l: 25.2 cm/9.92" w: 8.2 cm/3.22"

eu 41. us 9.5 l: 26 cm/10.23" w: 8.5 cm/3.34"

eu 42. us 10. l: 26.5 cm/10.4" w: 8.7 cm/3.42"

eu 43. us 10.5 l:27.24 cm/10.7" w: 9 cm/3.46"


We do take Custom Orders. We can work with nearly any model previously offered in the above sizes.

WHOLESALE: we do wholesale our products. for further information on prices and products line please, email us at:

info [!at] thewhiteribbon.com

Blogs, magazines: please, do email us if you would like to feature our items or use our photographs.

Photographs and design by Dori Hoffmann. All rights reserved.

More information

Last updated on Dec 2, 2016
Frequently asked questions

How to Take Measurements

SIZING

✍ how to take measurements ✍

there are a number of ways to measure your feet, however we find the quickest and most reliable practice is by tracing your feet. Here is how to do it: stand on a piece of paper that's bigger than your feet, circle your feet around with a straight standing pencil (without pressing the pencil too hard to the edges of your feet). Once you have the tracing, measure distance between longest and widest points. Compare the measurements to the list below. If your measurement falls between two sizes, we recommend choosing the larger size. For instance, if your length is 24.3 cm, your size would be eu 39/ us 8

In case you need any further assistance with determining the right size for you, please, message us!

Care instructions

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

here are some tips on how to care for your ballet flats:

✍ first of all, please, note our ballet flats are not suitable for rainy weather. We use genuine leather soles, which is a long lasting and durable material, however being a natural material it absorbs any form of liquid.

✍ regularly use leather or suede protecting spray (some are available as water-proof as well), you should use these once in 1-2 months

✍ use damp clothes or a piece of raw rubber (erasers are fine as well!) to clean mild spots

✍ when new, soles may be slightly 'squeaky' according to some of our customers, please, note, this disappears with wear.

General Information

✍ our ballet flats are suitable for daily outdoor use.

✍ material: we use highest grade leather, suede and nubuck, piece by piece selected by us. among all of our ballet flats 70% of the leather is up-cycled.

✍ shipping: worldwide. recorded, insured parcels.

Sizing details

International Size Conversion (adjusted to our sizing!) Please, choose the size of your own region and match that with EU or US sizing at check out.

Eu 36 / Us 6 / Au 6 / Uk 3.5
Eu 37 / Us 6.5 / Au 6.5 / Uk 4
Eu 38 / Us 7 / Au 7 / Uk 4.5
Eu 38.5 / Us 7.5 / Au 7.5 / Uk 5
Eu 39 / Us 8 / Au 8 / Uk 5.5
Eu 39.5 / Us 8.5 / Au 8.5 / Uk 6
Eu 40 / Us 9 / Au 9 / Uk 6.5
Eu 41 / Us 9.5 / Au 9.5 / Uk 7
Eu 42 / Us 10 / Au 10 / Uk 7.5
Eu 43 / Us 10.5 / Au 10.5 / Uk 8
Eu 44 / Us 11 / Au 11 / Uk 8.5

Sizes and Precise Outsole Measurements

Our sizes and precise outsole measurements:

eu 36. us 5.5 l: 23 cm/9.05" w: 7.5 cm/2.95" (widest point)

eu 37. us 6.5 l: 23.5 cm/9.25" w: 7.5 cm/2.95"

eu 38. us 7 l: 24 cm/9.44" w: 7.7 cm/3.03"

eu 39. us 8. l: 24.5 cm/9.6" w: 8 cm/3.14"

eu 40. us 9. l: 25.2 cm/9.92" w: 8.2 cm/3.22"

eu 41. us 9.5 l: 26 cm/10.23" w: 8.5 cm/3.34"

eu 42. us 10. l: 26.5 cm/10.4" w: 8.7 cm/3.42"

eu 43. us 10.5 l:27.24 cm/10.7" w: 9 cm/3.46"