#sgiew and #sgiew_PAUSE instagram challenge
The theme for #sgiew is #sgiew_PAUSE – and we’d love you to join in for a chance to win a wonderful pair of the beautiful Piper V Brown Linen Boots worth £120.
Did you know that the word Po-Zu comes from the Japanese word for pause? We want to see your pics of you taking a pause!
Add the tags #sgiew #sgiew_PAUSE #mindfulness to your photo illustrating you taking time out for yourself, slow living, reflecting, walking, taking in the wildlife, spending time in the park, Or like us, taking a flask of coffee to the allotment… Toes in the grass, or in the sand, kick off your shoes, and show us what it is to take a pause and put your feet up!
Find out more about Sven here…
Ali – : Tell us about yourself, Sven!
Did you always take an interest in clothes and in particular shoes, from when you were very young?
Not at all; I’d changed my interests like socks up until my late twenties. After having a go at architecture, graphic design, stage design and photography; then one day I was struck by a shoe bulb moment, and that was it.
Ali: So you saw there was a need and wanted to make a difference?
Sven: I initially went into shoes because they were the most practical thing I could think of. The NEED to develop a better, more ethically and environmentally responsible shoe only came after working several years as a shoe designer for mainstream brands, and gradually discovering the dark side of this industry which turned out to be highly polluting and exploitative. I HAD to make a difference because I couldn’t bear being part of that cruel and backwards system.
Ali: You make a big connection between style and ethics. Are you making a connection between self-esteem and how we value other people and our world?
Sven: Sure, my pride lies in helping to cure our ill industry, in helping factory workers breathe less polluted cleaner air, and minimise environmental impact.
Ali: You seem to have a whole philosophy about how we treat our feet; they’re after all what connects us to the ground, what propel us forward?
Sven: Yes many of us take for granted the fact that our feet carry our entire weight throughout our lives; why don’t we love them in the same way that we love that person who gives us a piggyback ride for example? Our shoes are designed to pamper your feet because they’re worth it!
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