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A new exciting contemporary footwear brand for men and women was launched in Spring Summer 18. A brand with a passion for creating beautiful new things out of love and consideration for people and place. A brand that takes inspiration from everywhere and everyone. A brand that understands the importance of design and where being original only comes from free thinking and doing what is true to oneself. This is a brand that was born to make shoes.
Pregis is a partnership of manufacturing expertise and design philosophy between a factory owner and a fashion industry veteran. But more than that, the brand is about the friendship and understanding between people who live and breathe shoes.
While Manuel Silva, the owner and director of Pregis Shoes and Martiape shoe factory has been working in shoe manufacturing in Portugal for over 40 years alongside his chief operating officer Eugenio Silva, design director Dominic Webster, formerly head of design at Hudson Shoes and creative director at Purified Footwear, has designed and collaborated with many of the best retail concepts around the world to produce fashion footwear for the likes of Selfridges, Dover Street Market and Net-a-Porter.
Believes Webster, who lives between London and Ibiza: “This powerful yet natural combination is set to produce quality footwear that is thoughtful, fresh and relevant in the ever changing footwear market. Pregis is ‘footwear friends’ coming together and utilising their experience to create a brand with a philosophy that encompasses people and product without pretence or prejudice.”
When it comes to inspiration, aesthetically orientated Webster is without limits, subscribing to the thoughtful not the phony and following feeling not fad. “I’m inspired by the unobvious, the functional and the unfussy and draw from all sub-cultures within music, design and art,” he says.
Silva, who has worked with some of the best footwear brands in the world to pioneer new manufacturing techniques and finishes, backs up Webster’s creativity with his deep history in shoe manufacturing, while sales and marketing director Jorge Sampaio, with his years of experience for top international brands, brings commercial strength to the team.
The collection is brought together with a minimalist and graphic approach, placing function as an equal to form. A modern summer palette sees peach and sand suedes sitting next more brash and bold silvers and high shine leathers aswell as pink snake and leopard pony skins.
A Pregis collection aims to trancsend the seasons and stand the test of time using quality materials, steadfast manufacturing processes and un-complicated styling to create modern contemporary classics. All made in Portugal.