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  • Our Design & Manufacturing Process.

    Walking the Path of Sustainability: Andrea Biani's Ethical Footwear Journey.

    2023 Factory Visit to Guangzhou, China.   

    Locally Owned: 

    At Andrea Biani, we believe that fashionable footwear shouldn't come at the cost of our planet or the people who make our shoes. As a New Zealand-based business rooted in Christchurch since 1996, we are deeply committed to sustainability and ethical practices throughout every step of our journey.

     

    Our Ethical Partnerships:

    For over 20 years, we've proudly worked with a small family-owned and operated factory in Guangzhou, China. Our relationship with this factory is built on trust, respect, and a shared commitment to ethical manufacturing practices. By partnering with this factory, we ensure that our shoes are crafted with care and attention to detail by skilled artisans who are treated fairly and paid above the living wage.

     

    Our Commitment to Sustainability:

    While we source shoes from every corner of the globe, our central focus is on our own Andrea Biani brand which is designed in house right here in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Each season, we passionately curate styles that are not only fashionable but also ethically and environmentally responsible. By using sustainable materials such as  vegan glue and creating designs that are interseasonal and can be easily resoled and repaired. Our Andrea Biani collections are created in small batches and we will only restock a design once it has completely sold out to reduce over-ordering and overconsumption.  We're dedicated to minimising our impact on the planet while ensuring that our shoes are loved and worn for years to come.

     

    Each year, our husband and wife Directors, Andrea & Vern Bailey travel to China to visit the factory where our Andrea Biani shoes are handcrafted. 2023 was an exciting year for the Andrea Biani team as due to the COVID 19 Pandemic the directors had not been able to make their annual trip for some time! For the first time in 3 years, we were able to hug and thank the Chinese team and get started on some new designs for our 2023 and 2024 collections. 

     

    Some highlights included shopping at the fabric market, carefully selecting materials that would last for seasons to come. Andrea is the primary designer of the Andrea Biani collections and she couldn't contain her excitement at being able to see and touch all of the new textiles on offer. It was also a great opportunity to connect with other business partners within our supply chain, to ask questions and even have bespoke requests made for specific materials come to life in our new designs.

     

    Sample leather accents  in development for the 'Gelda'  sneaker. 

    Andrea at the fabric market in Guangzhou China.

    Director and Designer, Andrea behind the scenes in her office.

    We have also begun requesting our sample shoes in pairs. Historically, samples were sent to us as single shoes. These shoes were used lots for wholesale and the development phase of the product. However, once these manufacturing stages were over, we were left with a single shoe. Now that the samples are sent over in pairs, we are able to reuse and resell the shoes in our outlet store at a discounted price. This process ensures less wastage and a great one of a kind deal for those lucky enough to fit the sample! 

     

    The fashion industry does not have a great track record when it comes to ethics and sustainability and Andrea Biani would like to be a part of that change, one stylish step at a time. Together, we can make a difference in the world of fashion while staying true to our values and principles. Thank you for choosing Andrea Biani, where fashion meets sustainability with every step you take. 

     

    We still have a long way to go in our sustainability journey so if you have questions or suggestions please let us know! We would love your input on our way towards a more sustainable and ethical future. 

    Andrea Biani Directors and husband and wife team, Vern & Andrea Bailey.