Blog | Zyne

  • Zero Waste

    Zero Waste is simply aiming to send zero waste to landfills through reducing what is needed, reusing often, sending little to be recycled while composting what cannot be recycled. The main goal of shifting to zero waste is to create a circular economy where trash is extinct.

    The Moroccan environment is polluted with plastic waste. A few years ago, among a few other African countries, Morocco banned the use of plastic bags. Even a women’s cooperative in Morocco decided to make a change in their environment through using plastic bags and traditional weaving methods to create beautiful fashion accessories. This cooperative also aims to raise awareness on the negative environmental impact of plastic waste.

    At Zyne, we care a whole awful lot! Did you know that we aim to practice zero waste by reducing our negative environmental impact in three main ways?

    Creating quality shoes that last longer.

    Our shoes are handwoven by skilled artisans using very detailed and methodical processes. Each shoe can take two or more people half a day or longer to complete. We only work with small atelier and suppliers to ensure that we are contributing to the local economy.

    Let’s take the Bondi, for example, a Meghan Markle favorite. One artisan will curate the raffia, one will make the inner sole, one will make the outer sole, and the others will weave. This beautifully woven pattern will take an artisan 22 hours to hand weave. Good quality takes time and these shoes have it.

    So why is purchasing an item of good quality important for the environment?

    Let’s take the Bondi, for example, a Meghan Markle favorite. One artisan will curate the raffia, one will make the inner sole, one will make the outer sole, and the others will weave. This beautifully woven pattern will take an artisan 22 hours to hand weave. Good quality takes time and these shoes have it.

    So why is purchasing an item of good quality important for the environment?
    “If the average life of clothing was extended by just three months, it would reduce their carbon and water footprints, as well as waste generation, by five to 10 percent.”
    Rick LeBlanc
    Writer and consultant in the area of sustainable packaging, pallets, and supply chain

    The life of a fashion product continues to reduce as consumers become more interested in convenience and deals over quality and craftsmanship. It’s all too common to purchase an item at an affordable price, use it a few times, and then when it wears down, throw it out. If consumers were to purchase items that are better quality, they not only invest in a product, they invest in saving the environment around them.

    At Zyne, our shoes last longer so that consumers won’t have to throw them away. We think that investing in pieces you will love forever is one of the most sustainable thing you could do.

    Using as much natural materials as possible

    Our base materials are 100% natural meaning that they are biodegradable. If our shoes must be sent to landfills, then we have ensured that the materials used can be decomposed. Raffia is a natural fiber. Check out our raffia collection!

    The harvesting of the raffia palm leaves, the dying, and the packing are done manually by locals with the utmost respect for the environment.

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    Only using the materials that we need.​

    We aim to only use the materials that we need to produce a pair of shoes. Our shoes are made consciously through integrating dead-stock leather derived from luxury factories.
    This significantly reduces production waste in Morocco. This creates a trickle down effect: Less unused materials go to landfills which allows for less landfill space to be used therefore preserving our energy and water ultimately creating a better environment to live in.

    We work with artisans on ancestral techniques that were going to disappear. Our shoes help to create jobs and preserve culture while also helping to create a better environment.

    Our responsibility to the Moroccan environment is something we don’t take lightly. In every process of our production, we take into consideration how it will make lasting effects in our community down the road.
    We have substituted plastic bags with non-woven, reusable, fabric bags and also use biodegradable paper bags.

    Our mission to work with artisans on ancestral techniques that were going to disappear preserves the culture while also helping to create a better environment.

  • The embroideries of Morocco

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    Used as a way for women to provide for their families, embroidery has kept Moroccan tradition alive while also benefiting the country economically. Moroccan embroidery favors abstract or geometric shapes, with a history said to have come from Henna tattoo designs, and is now categorized into four main types of embroidery

    Rabat

    This type comes from the capital city and is mostly created with white cotton.It tends to focus on one color which is embroidered in a silk floss. In some cases, brighter colors are used but stitched closer together which makes a solid pattern.
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    Gold Thread

    This type is also common in Fes and is usually created for special occasions and celebrations like weddings. Created on heavier cloth, most of the time, such as leather, velvet or silk, male artisans are called to assist given the amount of effort involved in stitching such a garment. The couching technique is used in this type of embroidery holding the gold threads into their positions.

    Fes (Terz Fesi)

    Named for the city of Fes which is known as the spiritual capital of Morocco, this embroidery type is incredibly unique in that the back pattern is the same as the front without knots hidden beneath the cloth. To incorporate this technique, the stitches used are both a cross and straight stitch. The most common colors used are green and blue with maroon or red mixed in.

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    Berber

    The berber style is the modernization of the henna tattoo where women decorate their headscarves in the different henna patterns one would traditionally see. This is because tattooing is no longer as customary. Bright colors are embroidered onto darker bases which adds intricate and beautiful designs onto their everyday wear.

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  • Introducing the new heels collection

    Inspired by the glistening souks of Casablanca and the unique craftsmanship involved in creating the ancestral babouche shoes sold here, ZYNE continue to remain true to their mission of combining the craftsmanship of Morocco and the quality of Paris or London.Zyne’s avant-garde collection sees the introduction of kitten heels. 
    The styles are available in a range of colours and materials with intricate designs giving their wearer a mystical hint of Moroccan charm no matter where their shoes carry them.The more delicate satin styles have vivid, delicate embroidery in transcendental illustrations that capture the essence of the wanderlust Zyne girl.

    WILD

    Take a walk on the wild side with ZYNEs Snake-print leather design.
    The elongated toe box and strategically placed slit flatters the foot and creates the illusion of longer legs. The 55mm heel gives some height while remaining comfortable for all day wear.
    Also available in green and red.
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    VENNY

    Crafted from plush velvet and sporting a distinctive heel, the Venny strikes the perfect balance between style and comfort.
    Available in blue black burgundy and dark
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    CRYSTAL

    Crafted from silk satin and embellished with light catching crystals, think of them as jewels for your feet. Their 55mm made them perfect for dancing the night away.
    Available in black, mustard, navy blue,
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  • Slow fashion : This is how we do it right

    Do you know where your last purchase was made? How many times have you realized that you were wearing some clothes only during one season and then you completely forget about them?
    All these questions lead us to the concept of Slow Fashion.

    Slow Fashion (or Sustainable Fashion) is the awareness and involvement of buying clothes better-quality garments that will last for longer. This kind of fashion values fair treatment of people, animals and the planet. It is the opposite of fast fashion which represents the fantasy of unconscious consumption of buying more clothes to make us happy.

    A workspace that encourages

    We are transparent about our production. From the beginning, our aim was to manufacture everything locally. Now we are proud to say that every pair of ZYNE shoes is made thanks to a Moroccan woman from one of the cooperatives we are partners with.
    As part of our ZYNE family, these women earn money for themselves and their families, as well as gaining a sense of independence and confidence, because their contribution to our business is recognized by the world.

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    Sustainable materials

    Every day, our skin comes in contact with different materials. The real question is how these substances can affect us and what impact they have on the environment. Our RAFFIA collection is made of raffia fibers – a natural given material. The harvesting of the raffia palm leaves, the dying and the packing are done manually by locals with the utmost respect for the environment. It is 100% natural and therefore biodegradable.

    Shoes that will last a lifetime

     

    The key to consume less is to buy products of a better quality. Buying fashion that is timeless is not just an investment but also a way to contribute to slow fashion. Choosing products of better quality which you will wear longer helps you not only save your budget but also reduce the negative impact on the environment. Our shoes are made with durability and comfort in mind as well. Our designs are timeless and made to last a lifetime.

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    Sustainable fashion is about the daily choices we make. We appreciate that our customers feel concerned by where our products were made, by whom, and how the materials are sourced.

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