As a response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Julie Colombino founded a non-profit organization REBUILD globally, she realized, women who survived the horrible disaster were looking for ways to help themselves recover. So she opened a small training center and taught these women to make sandals from tires found in the streets.
Over the year, through efforts of REBUILD globally, deux mains was able to spin off into its own official Haitian business and fashion brand.
For five years, through expert guidance, product development and mentor-ship, REBUILD globally provided the start-up capital and training to develop the sustainable and Haitian owned fashion company, deux mains, which is now producing a complete ethical fashion collection and employing dozens of Haitian artisans to not only make something valuable for others but a meaningful life for themselves.
Nineteen degrees north of the equator is where you will find the deux mainsworkshop and where our unique sandals begin to take shape. It is here where the tire soles crafted by the REBUILD globally refugees are paired with locally sourced leathers, fabrics, and findings, and brought to beautiful life by our talented artisans.
It is here where the real magic happens: local talented artisan-owners design, source, craft and perfect every aspect of each individually crafted deux mains product. deux mains takes local and upcycled raw materials, and crafts sandals and dignified, sustainable jobs that provide living wages.
Whether online, or in person every purchase at deux mains makes a real difference. For every product sold they are able to grow and expand our outreach efforts and employment opportunities. Each and every part of our process was created to make the maximum impact.
Every step you take in deux mains sandals turns poverty into prosperity
From employment and job training programs with REBUILD globally, to the use of local and sustainable materials, and to the two hands that carefully construct each element of our finished products, they aim to raise the bar on what it means to be an ethical fashion company.
Hand in hand, deux mains are empowering the world’s most marginalized communities to become self-sufficient, restoring dignity to families and individuals. They have created a footwear brand that you can be proud to own.
#35 Blvd. Toussaint Louverture
Tabarre 10. Port-au-Prince, Haiti
US / Int’l
106 E. Church Street
Orlando, FL 32801