Morocco is an essential part of Lost Little One, and we’re always in touch with our artisans and friends there. We usually visit for months each year; it’s our second home. Then COVID-19 happened. Hello, new world.
In Morocco this meant imposition of a state of emergency from March until July. All normal activity was suspended and people were confined to their homes. Global lockdown also meant we weren’t able to travel to Morocco for the first time in years, which has had us yearning.
Clearly our much loved artisans in Marrakech have been unable to produce any new leather goods, let alone go about their usual lives. This is totally different to what we’ve experienced in Australia. While we’re denied flat whites and house parties, in Morocco if you leave your home the stakes are much higher. With the military patrolling the streets and the fear that if this explodes, will Morocco have all the infrastructure to deal with such a catastrophe?
We've been checking in with our artisans and friends in Morocco, keeping updated with the situation and their feelings about new life. Using this time to their advantage, our Moroccan mates have been resting, spending quality time with friends & family and lapping up the slow pace. And then we got the news... Just last week, the state of emergency was lifted. After four months of being housebound, our friends can (cautiously) try to assume the new normal and return to the workshop. And we're ready and eager to support this, with plenty of new designs for our artisans to tackle.
For everyone asking, the short answer is YES! We will be re-stocking Lost Little One...in good time. Just like always our products are crafted using slow fashion practices and handmade the traditional way in Marrakech. As life starts to resume some form of normality in Morocco, our team are taking caution and creating our timeless designs, which we are hoping will be back and available in all 4 earthy shades very soon.
If there was ever a time to support ethical and slow fashion practices, it's now! Although we are low in stock and in high demand, we're sticking by our slow fashion and ethical manufacturing practices more than ever. We will continue to create our beautiful products in small, limited batches. To help support this notion we'll be throwing Lost Little One's BIGGEST EVER Slow Sale.
What's a Slow Sale?
While our artisans are creating our bags and accessories in Marrakech, we'll be making them available for purchase via our Slow Sale. Our Slow Sale will be available on selected 'out of stock' designs, allowing you to pre-order a Lost Little One leather bag or accessory at 10% OFF, and wait 6-8 weeks while it's handcrafted just for you. This offer CAN BE used in conjunction with any other promo we have running at the time. Using this method of making we are able to craft only what we need, while supporting our artisans & slow fashion practices.
Read more about our Slow Sale.
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We’re not one for resting on our laurels, and being in lockdown doesn’t mean hibernating. We’ve crafted a project here in Melbourne using local materials and skills picked up during many months immersed in the Marrakech Medina. Utilising kangaroo leather, we’ve designed, stitched and perfected a sleek new range in Melbourne. Invested in maintaining the authenticity of Lost Little One - made in ancient Morocco by expert tanners - we recognised that this was something else, something tangential: the birth of a sister brand. Meet OĦTI.
OĦTI [Oh-tee]. Meaning “my sister” is the little sister of Lost Little One. Handcrafted leather accessories made in Melbourne by yours truly. We've taken everything we've learnt in Marrakech and applied it here in Melbourne, using Australian sourced veg-tanned kangaroo leather Dominique designs, cuts, stitches and finishes all OĦTI designs right here in the Melbourne studio. The end result - sleek leather accessories that celebrate the raw beauty and simplicity of stunning veg-tanned leather. All OĦTI designs are available in 5 earthy shades with personalisation. COMING SOON.
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