Disrupting the world of premier footwear in style.
Clean design, premium materials and a passion for traditional craftsmanship coupled with a love of modern technology define Oliver Cabell. This Minneapolis-based accessory brand has made a splash in the industry with its refined products which perfectly blend function and minimalism. When looking at one of the Oliver Cabell bags, one can’t help but admire the purity of the design and the skill that went into making the product. Now, the company has received $1.2 million in funding to expand its operations. In a (welcome) plot twist for fans of the brand, Oliver Cabell decided that it will complement its range of gorgeous bags with a brand-new collection of handmade sneakers and trainers. And it plans to do it in style.
Everything started in Italy, in the Marche region where the company produces its accessories. “We came across a set of old, dusty sneaker molds in our factory, and I thought it was a real treasure, and that we could make something really unique with them, ” Scott Gabrielson, Founder of Oliver Cabell, explains. He adds, “We decided to make a pair with the molds, and after 22 samples we ended up with our first sneaker, the Low 1. We became so obsessed with footwear that we decided to focus on them almost exclusively going forward.” A desire to achieve the highest standard of quality and an impressive attention to detail influence the manufacturing process of every single product. “Ninety percent of our shoes are made with cobblers using simple tools. We then marry it with the latest technology,” Gabrielson adds.
Premium materials meet skilled craftsmanship and modern design.
Similarly to all of the other Oliver Cabell designs, every sneaker brings together the best available materials and artisanal skill. Full grain leather comes from the Veneto region, from the same tannery where Prada and Saint Laurent source their leather. The iconic Italian suppliers Margom and Dami provide the outsoles, while a small factory with an 115-year history of making laces produces the high-quality, waxed cotton laces for the new collection..
It comes as no surprise that the brand’s first designs feature an elegant simplicity and a cool urban style. The Low 1 sneaker takes the minimalism prize with its ultra-clean aesthetic. Available in four colorways, including black and white as well as gray and nude, the sneaker boasts stitching that matches the upper, with only subtle golden lettering appearing on the heel tab. The Erving Cap-Toe adds perforations to the upper for extra breathability and a textured look. Finally, the Rennes Trainer brings style and craftsmanship to the running route. It boasts perforated leather sections on the upper and comes in black, white, gray, and nude colors.
These small batch, handmade beauties drop on the 13th of February. Yet the company doesn’t stop there. It plans to take things up a level – or a few- by launching new designs not seasonally, but weekly. So we’ll be able to see even more exciting and creative shoes from the brand in the very near future. Keep your eyes on the official website for more upcoming sneaker drops. Photographs© Oliver Cabell.