There are more than a few brands out there that have taken the focus off profits and developed a sustainability and responsibility model. However, finding a unique brand that is founded on these principles is a harder thing. Footwear brand Oliberte was founded precisely to put these ideas into practice while providing skilled jobs and a self-sufficient supply chain in Sub-Saharan Africa.Related: Best Boots for Work and Play | Less is More with Muro.exeOliberte is unique in that since their 2009 inception they have invested in slowly consolidating their entire chain of raw goods and manufacturing with African suppliers. Leather comes from local cows and camels in Ethiopia. Rubber is sourced from Liberia, South Africa and Kenya. Their manufacturing floor was built from the ground up with machines built in Africa, and manned by independent workers paid a fair, living wage – in fact, they are the first Fair Trade certified footwear factory in the world. What does this mean for Oliberte’s line up? From dress shoes to the new sneakers and leather packs and bags, every product has serious handmade styling, and is built from the ground up with the best materials.Anbesso ($110)The Anbesso is new for spring 2015 and is one of the first real sneakers by Oliberte. Featuring a 100% goat leather lining, a serious natural rubber outsole, and extremely comfortable water-based polyurethane insole, this shoe is ready to tackle all the dangers of an urban commute or weekend bar crawl.Nimbol ($110)Built on the same sneaker last as the Anbesso, the Nimbol has a stitched toe style that lends a little extra formality for an office setting. The sidewalls of the outsole and upper are reinforced for some extra durability. We can easily see a pair of them anchoring an urban wardrobe for seasons to come.Highlander CollectionIf you’re willing to wait until the fall, Oliberte’s Highlander Collection will hit their website and retailers in late August. Eschewing traditional construction for thicker, more supple camel leather, this line of desert inspired boots is built to survive both the outdoors and serious urban adventuring. You’ll Never Have to Pivot a Sofa Again Thanks to Ikea’s Newest Collection Editors’ Recommendations Duke Cannon Has Entered the Fragrance-Sphere With the Proper Cologne Line Jameson Releases Two New Caskmates Editions The Best Men’s Heritage Outdoor Apparel for Cool Weather You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men
Britain has issued a virtual ultimatum to the government saying if there is insufficient progress on Sri Lanka’s own commitments, or deterioration in the human rights situation, Britain will look for a strong and unified response at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva.British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Alistair Burt had informed the British House of Commons last week that Britain continues to raise concerns about lack of progress on post-conflict reconciliation, accountability, and the current human rights situation with the Government of Sri Lanka. “We co-sponsored the Human Rights Council Resolution on Sri Lanka which passed with increased support in March 2013. The council will return to the issue of Sri Lanka in September and next March. If that is against the backdrop of insufficient progress on Sri Lanka’s own commitments, or deterioration in the human rights situation, we will look for a strong and unified response,” Burt warned. Burt said that in attending CHOGM, the British Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary will see the situation on the ground, speak with the Government of Sri Lanka, and draw international attention to either progress made or the lack of it. “We have been clear that we expect progress in both these areas and also access by media and civil society to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), as well as free, fair and peaceful Northern Provincial Council elections in September,” he had said, according to the House of Commons hansard.