Feature Friday: ESPEROS
We enjoy highlighting one of many unique brands in our "Feature Friday" blog posts.
A little about the company:
ESPEROS is an Austin-based bag company founded by Oliver Shuttlesworth following a trip to Central America where he witnessed, first-hand, the debilitating effects of extreme poverty on children. From then, he strove to find a sustainable solution to help these children build a better future for themselves and their communities. Thus, ESPEROS was born. ESPEROS sells durable bags (classic, schoolyard, weekend) and totes (market, everyday), fulfilling your needs while helping a child in need by helping fund a year of education.
What we like about the brand:
- The name ESPEROS loosely comes from the Spanish verb "esperer," meaning "to hope" which is exactly what it brings not only to children in poverty, but to its employees. ESPEROS' factories are based in Shenzhen, China, but employees are treated fairly. The average work week consists of about 45 hours with no overnight shifts. In addition, the factory provides 3 free meals everyday as well as free housing and full benefits.
- Much like Fortress of Inca, ESPEROS provides high-quality products at affordable prices. Its products are made with fine-aging, durable canvas that only gets better with age. Although the material is sturdy, it's also lightweight, waterproof, stain resistant, and machine-washable, making them both stylish and easy to bring along with you anywhere.
Some pieces that we like:
The Burgundy Classic is exactly what its name suggests: a cool, classic backpack. Perfect for commuters, students, and adventurers, this backpack will surely be your handy sidekick. Complete the look with our Adriana Coco booties, an equally stylish and classic shoe (available in scotch, black, black + pony, navy, and silver).
This tote is the perfect addition for someone on-the-go. Seamlessly blending fashion and functionality, this durable market tote can carry everything from a laptop across campus to groceries from the store and, with all that walking, you'll surely need a comfortable shoe to keep you going! Complete the look with our Melissa Oxfords in sky blue suede.
This weekender bag is the ultimate weekend bag. Not only is it super stylish and made of durable canvas, it also comes equipped with a multitude of features. These features include an exterior pocket, nickel-plated swivel hook lanyards and two interior shoe pockets. You know what that means... it's perfect for carrying your extra Fortress of Inca shoes! So when you're going on your next vacation, don't forget to sit back, relax, and complete the look with our Tania slingbacks (available in navy, black suede, and metallic silver).