Looking forward to 2020.
On the surface, 2019 has looked like a very quiet year for Arc Originals, with just the one release in February and nothing since.
At the end of 2018, we decided we needed to make some big changes in order to be truly happy with the way our sneakers are made. If we were going to do this, we were going to do it the way we actually wanted to.
Why didn’t we just do that in the beginning you ask? We thought we had, but along the way we have learnt many lessons, a lot of them the hard way. It’s not until you come home after a long day’s work to speak to a manufacturer on the other side of the world about the price of suede until 4am that you realise things have to change.
We want to be as transparent as possible in everything we do, however the truth was, we didn’t know enough about the process of how our sneakers were made.
For anyone that doesn’t know, Arc is run by a group of lifelong friends, currently running the company on top of full-time work. We fell into it over a common love of sneakers and haven’t looked back since. None of us have studied or worked in the footwear industry before this - we do it for pleasure, not profit.
So, our ‘quiet 2019’ has actually consisted of moving all manufacturing to Portugal,
to a great family run factory, which we visited throughout the prototyping stage of our upcoming releases. We know exactly the conditions our sneakers are made, exactly where the materials we use come from, and we know that the people making our shoes are paid fairly and are entitled to days off and holidays.
All of these are things many people take for granted in the production of the clothes and shoes they wear, but if you scratch below the surface you will find that this isn’t always the case.
All of this is the reason Arc has seemed inactive for the past 10 months. Coming into 2020, we are ready to start again, this time with the utmost pride and confidence that we are doing everything the right way.
In the next few months we will be documenting our journey, starting with the final prototype you see here.
Thanks for your continued patience and support.
Austin, Josh, Jordan and Liam.