PARE GABIA, founded in 1935, was originally a brand of espadrilles from the southwest of France.
Its name means "without equal" in the Basque language.
More than a brand, PARE GABIA is a state of mind, a refined and relaxed style, an art of living carried by a creative freedom of expression.
Rich in its heritage, the brand is now exploring new territories by imagining a more contemporary espadrille and a timeless wardrobe.
Aware of the challenges of its time, PARE GABIA carefully selects sustainable materials and produces its collections with respect for ethical manufacturing.
This is the starting point for the manufacture of our espadrilles. This step is done with jute ropes, which allows us to obtain the base of the espadrille. It usually takes five metres of braid to make a pair of PARE GABIA espadrilles.
Warping consists in rolling the jute braid on itself to form an oval shape. This gives the traditional shape of the sole of the espadrille.
3) Sewing the sole
In order to prevent the sole from deforming over time and to keep its original shape, it is essential to compress it with a roller. Then the braids are sewn together. This sewing stage consolidates the shape and ensures that the sole stays in place.
4) The vulcanization
Obviously, we cannot use the braid of the espadrille as the sole material for the sole of your shoe. It is therefore necessary to add a piece of rubber under the sole, using a heated press, to ensure its solidity over time. This step is called vulcanization.
Now that we have our sole, let's add a little colour! Our craftsmen dress the soles in cotton canvas in the colours of the season. The heritage of this hand-sewn art is one of Pare Gabia's great ﬁertés and allows each pair to be singular.
A creative freedom of expression
With its expertise and mastery of hand-stitching, Pare Gabia now imagines an espadrille with a refined style that is also casual and more contemporary.
Natural and recycled materials
Approximately 75% of our collection is made from eco friendly materials such as organic, recycled or virgin cotton, recycled polyester and fabrics made out of ocean plastic bottles. All these materials are certified by labels: Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), INESCOP Vegan, Global Recycled Standard, Avant Fiber Recycled, Seaqual initiative.
A 100% European production
To limit our carbon footprint, we favor a short circuit production and trust factories that are located exclusively in Europe: France, Spain, Italy, Portugal.
SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS AND CERTIFICATIONS
This certification ensures that our products are environmentally friendly. It’s a community of individuals, organizations and businesses working together to help clean up our oceans and raise awareness about marine litter.
Avant fiber recycled
The AvantFiber recycled range is made of cotton and polyester from PET bottles. This range meets all legal requirements with a focus on prevention to improve our environment.
The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
This global non-profit organisation is the world's largest cotton sustainability programme. Its goal is to make global cotton production better for workers, better for the environment where it grows, and better for the industry by reducing environmental impact.
Global Recycled Standard
This label guarantees that textiles are recycled in accordance with environmental and social criteria.
This label certifies that the materials used in our products do not contain materials of animal origin.