Since 2009 we have manufactured our shoes in Bosnia. The choice to be in Bosnia came naturally. During the Balkan War during the 90s, many refugees came to Sweden and Kumla. Several of them were shoemakers, which was a trade that was going away in Sweden at that time. It was at the same time a trade and competency we needed and were looking for at Kavat. That is why many refugees began to work with us. When we needed to increase the production through a larger factory, Bosnia became a natural choice. In addition, the geographical position brings us close to raw materials in both Bosnia and Italy, which is the center of the world when it comes to world class shoe manufacturing.
INCREASED DEMAND FOR QUALITY SHOES
The demand for our shoes increases all the time. That is why we moved to a larger factory in the city of Travnik, Bosnia during the autumn of 2017. Travnik is located in the central parts of the country and is surrounded by majestic mountains and grand forests. The all new factory is state of the art and we manufactured the first shoes there during the autumn of 2017. It has an environmentally friendly heating system, air conditioning and smart use of renewable energy. This creates a pleasant work environment and is consistent with our sustainability philosophy:
We believe that the best working environment enables us to manufacture the best and most durable shoes.
Since we own the factory, we have full control over all the steps in the production chain and the components which are used in the manufacturing. Our factory is ISO 9001 and 14001 certified and fulfills the requirements for making shoes marked with the EU Ecolabel, Europe’s official eco label.
The Kavat factory is specialized in making leather shoes. That is why we use external partners when we make certain types of functional shoes, like for instance all models with waterproof membranes. We conduct regular visits to these factories. We check that the workers' conditions are fair and that the materials and components used in the manufacturing fulfill the present requirements for the EU Ecolabel, which are also our own guidelines for a sustainable shoe production. We have a Code of conduct and a Restricted substances guide which all partners need to sign.
We still manufacture smaller collections in Sweden from time to time, but most are made in Travnik, Bosnia.