We take pride in having built long-term, authentic relationships with our producers and suppliers. In many ways we share the same vision, passion and love for what we do. In this way, we are Kindred Spirits.
As we had no experience in the field of design when we started our company, we spent many months side by side with the artists to learn the basic skills we needed to succeed.. They search for the best materials for us. They weave, sew and work hand-in-hand with us to bring our vision to life in our products. Because we want only the best, we still drive them crazy to make the impossible, possible. But they deliver. That’s why we ensure the ateliers we partner with are those we’re proud to call Kindred Spirits.
At Kindred Spirits, the driving force of our success is the authentic relationship we have with our partners. We have asked our factories to follow a strict code of conduct by focusing on health and safety, to pay employees above legal wage, with fair working hours. Any overtime is voluntary and always compensated at a premium rate. There is never any child labour, and we proudly work with only the best.
We have highlighted some of our important partners below
The owner of our textile partner, Emrah, is one of the most charismatic people you would ever hope to meet. From the moment you enter his space, you are greeted by smiles and waves. He will talk at length about his passion for textiles. Enrah’s weaving techniques are truly inspiring and his production of vintage textiles is the stuff of legend.
Emrah’s team produces our sneaker textiles and the more complex jacquard textiles we use for our roll-top collection. They do much of the finishing by hand. It is incredible, the skill and experience they bring to these often complex pieces.
From our very first visit, Emrah’s positive outlook impressed us, and that attitude shines through our Sustainability journey. He was one of our first partners that ensured his factory was certified, both socially and ethically. For over five years, Emrah has been working side by side with Kindred Spirits and the partnership continues to thrive.
Gokhan has worked with us for years, helping in the development of our unique, one-of-a-kind “Kiboots” line of handmade boots. In his atelier, we were excited to expand our collection by producing our roll-top backpacks under his expert care. With Gokhan’s incredible support and commitment to our sustainability ideals, we remain ever confident that are boots are in trusted hands. From the beginning, his atelier shares our vision of ethical, social and environmental requirements. Whenever we are in Izmir, we always have a place to call home while he is here.
Gokhan’s highly-skilled team produces or “Kiboots” line of handmade boots and roll-top backpacks. We trust his atelier with the more complex, handmade collections - all done under his watchful eye. His pattern cutters never cease to amaze us, and no challenge we present to them is too difficult to achieve.
Having worked side by side with Gokhan and his talented team for over five years, we can proudly say that his atelier meets all of our requirements for leather. We continually strive to improve our leather to be even more ethically and environmentally friendly.
Serkan is in charge of producing our kilim rugs and pillows. His is our expert in anything kilim, and whenever we are in Istanbul, we never pass up the chance to meet up with him and hear his great stories.
Serkan originally specialized in working with old vintage kilim rugs. Often rugs come to him, damaged upon repair. With his help, we turn some of them into our vintage kilim collection of handmade pillow cases. And some even end up in our “Kiboots” boot collection.
Serkan and his team have great knowledge about the history and traditions of kilim rugs. The direct contact they have with the villages around Turkey who are still involved in the production and trade of kilim rugs is one of the reasons we partnered with them in the first place. We have visited his atelier many times and know that they comply with the Kindred’s Code of Conduct.
At Kindred Spirits, the driving force of our success is the unique relationship we have with our partners. We ask all of our global partners to follow a strict code of conduct by focusing on health and safety, to pay employees above legal wage, with fair working hours. Any overtime is voluntary and always compensated at a premium rate. There is never any child labour. In addition to these strict practices, we are proud that our suppliers are independently audited by various best practice standards and programs that are globally recognized.