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
A senior academic is being investigated by University College London after he was found to have hosted an annual conference in which speakers debated ideas on eugenics and intelligence.Since 2015, Dr James Thompson has overseen the London Conference on Intelligence, which has seen a researcher who has previously advocated child rape online speak on campus on three occasions.The university was last night attempting to establish how the honorary lecturer was able to host the event without informing senior officials, who were unaware of which speakers would be attending.Dr Thompson, a member of the university’s psychology department, has now been blocked from hosting any future events while an investigation is carried out.It came as details about the conference emerged yesterday, revealing that papers presented at the event include research on the alleged links between genetics and racial disparities in intelligence. Dr James Thompson Credit:UCLTV “Somewhere between 3 and 4 years of age, tests detect racial differences in intelligence between black and white children. By 7 years of life, the differences are stark.”Dr Thompson strongly denied last night that the event promoted “eugenics”, adding that the “bulk of research” was focused on “intelligence” and whether or not it is “heritable”.“Eugenics is one topic, but many topics are discussed. The reason we have the meeting at UCL is due to the London School – the idea that intelligence is heritable,” he continued.Defending his comments on child intelligence, he added: “I stand by it until people show me I’ve made an error”.A UCL spokesman said it was investigating a “potential breach” in its room bookings process, adding that the university had not been informed of the speakers in advance.“They were not approved or endorsed by UCL,” they added. “We are an institution that is committed to free speech but also to combatting racism and sexism in all forms.“We have suspended approval for any further conferences of this nature by the honorary lecturer and speakers pending our investigation into the case.“As part of that investigation, we will be speaking to the honorary lecturer and seeking an explanation.” The brochure for 2016’s conference, seen by The Daily Telegraph, also includes an image of the 19th century eugenicist Edward Thorndike on its front cover.It includes a quote from the American psychologist, which reads: “Selective breeding can alter man’s capacity to learn, to keep sane, to cherish justice or to be happy”.Speakers who have attended include researcher Emil Kirkegaard, who previously wrote that a “compromise” for child pornography would be for paedophiles to have “sex with a sleeping child without them knowing”.In a blog published on his personal website in 2012, Mr Kirkegaard wrote: “One can have sex with some rather young ones (say, any consenting child in puberty) without any moral problems, especially when one is young oneself.”“If they don’t notice it is difficult to see how they cud [sic] be harmed, even if it is rape.” The front cover of the 2016 brochure for the conference This newspaper has also seen extracts from a lecture delivered in 2015, during which a researcher put forward claims that penile length might be used to predict levels of parental care.In others, researchers claimed that racial “admixture” has had a negative effect on population quality, and that “skin brightness” is a factor in global development. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Mr Kirkegaard later wrote that he advocated a “frank discussion of pedophilia-related issues”.He was unavailable when approached for comment.Dr Thompson has also written about the “intelligence differences” of children according to their ethnicity.In a blog published on the website The Unz Review in October last year, he wrote that “Government interventions are going to have to be early, very early. By 21 weeks differences in head circumference are apparent. Not 21 weeks of life, 21 weeks of gestation.