Introducing new sneaker brand Collective Canvas. Image supplied.
There’s a new sneaker brand in town with the debut of locally designed label Collective Canvas. It offers a range of unisex sneakers made from a combination of organic, natural materials with a clean aesthetic. Sure to please those minimalists who love classic design, Collective Canvas draws from the heritage of sneakers while making products with principles of sustainability.
Each pair of sneakers are created from durable 12.5oz organic cotton canvas and natural latex rubber. The insoles are Eco-Ortholite® which is made from sustainably sourced castor bean oil and natural cork.
Collective Canvas was founded by Oscar Anselmi, who became increasingly aware of the need for sustainable footwear options while living in Amsterdam. His awareness of the fast fashion cycle and its effects led him to think about alternatives and conscious consumption. “Speed has come to define the modern fashion industry for all the wrong reasons,” says Oscar Anselmi. “Collective Canvas was started in response to this relentless pace, to focus on sustainable creation and the promotion of mindful consumption.”
Anselmi has a strong connection to the footwear industry, having grown up in a family of fourth generation shoemakers and working in the industry himself for the past decade. The simple canvas sneakers he wore in his youth provided the inspiration for his new venture and upon returning home to New Zealand he set about creating Collective Canvas.
The debut range of the brand offers three unisex styles, in both lace-up and slip-on designs. All styles are available in sizes 36-47 and priced at $119.90 shop them exclusively on the Collective Canvas website.