My obsession with Moroccan babouches started about 15 years ago while living in London, working as a graphic designer. I'd occasionally see them in shops around Europe, but only in a few colors and sizes at a time. I could never find the right combination for what I knew would be the perfect slipper. The idea for my modern version has been brewing ever since.
With the development of a bedding line under my belt, and now living in Los Angeles, I was able to make a plan and find just the right craftsman close to home—a third generation shoemaker who works alongside his wife to artfully make my collection by hand. I've sourced high-quality leathers to make a fashionable, comfortable slipper that I love wearing around the house. I hope you will, too.
I thrive on learning about other cultures and design products that draw from their traditions. Babouches (also called balghas) are worn in many Middle Eastern countries, but we know them best from Morocco. Men and women, girls and boys, all wear them both when they dress up and day-to-day. The leather, slip-on shape can be traced back to the 4th century and was developed so that they were easy to take off when going indoors. Most people in Middle Eastern countries, as well as in many other countries, don't wear shoes in their homes. I adopted this custom when my first baby started crawling on the floor, but I still wanted something on my feet. For me, soft-soled babouches are the perfect indoor solution for having something simple and comfortable to slip on at home.