NEW YORK, Nov 21, 2013/ — Inkkas, a custom-made brand of shoes handcrafted at a family-owned workshop in Lima, Peru, announces their Kickstarter campaign that will help raise funds to bring the company’s fall line to the U.S. market.
Inkkas shoes are made using only high-qual ity authentic South American textiles (called “mantas”) sourced directly from local artisans in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Those that pledge to the Kickstarter campaign will receive discounts of up to 25% off the current price of the shoes and will receive their orders before the new line is available to the general public.
Launching on November 4th, Kickstarter pledges start at $55 for the Inkkas Classic Low T ops and $60 for the Inkkas Classic High Tops. Additional pledge levels include $1,000 for 13 pairs of shoes and $10,000 for the Inkkas Gold Package, which includes an all-expenses paid trip to Peru to visit the Inkkas headquarters and factory, excursion to Machu Picchu and styles from the 2014 collection.
In addition to bringing genuine South American shoes to the U.S., a portion of all proceeds are donated to local South American communities to help protect the Amazon rainforest and its’ native inhabitants. With the vast majority of shoes on the market being mass-produced in factories overseas, Inkkas delivers a quality product that is handmade for each individual order. The quality craftsmanship means that the shoes will last longer and be a great fit.
Everything from the fabric, the laces, tags, labels, threads and soles, are all locally produced in South America. Each customer when buying an Inkkas product is supporting real communities and artisans all over South America. Inkkas shoes are cut, sewn and stitched by hand, and feature a soft inner lining and vacuum sealed sole construction.
“At Inkkas, we’re sharing the beauty of South American textiles with the world. We’ve come to the Kickstarter community to ask for help in an effort to grow our company and launch a new collection while at the same time maintaining our integrity as an independent company,” said Dan Ben-Nun, founder of Inkkas. “We believe it’s vital to remain independent from large investors and capital firms who may require us to change our approach to responsible production in exchange for finance. Our goal is to create the most beautiful and comfortable shoes in the world while maintaining our personal connection to the great people of South America.”
Inkkas has had amazing success with its Originals collection and the Kickstarter campaign will help the brand branch out with even more appealing colors and styles. Contributors will be the first in the world to receive the new collection and have access to Inkkas Limited Edition Kickstarter colorway, which was exclusively made for the campaign.