Oak & Hide launches with The Sole Project
Inspired by the Australian landscape and using all recycled, repurposed or sustainably produced materials is new footwear and bag label, Oak & Hide. Making its debut at QUT’s BFA fashion parade Chaos and Control this week, Oak & Hide is the creation of fashion design student, Isabelle McGreevy.
Dubbed The Sole Project, Isabelle’s first offering is a four-piece shoe collection composed of the footwear essentials – a boot, a brogue, a platform derby and a loafer. Taking inspiration from, and pride in, her local surroundings, Isabelle has used all uniquely Australian materials to create her collection.
Leathers range from kangaroo and crocodile to emu and cane toad, while the wood used for heels is Queensland Maple and Hoop Pine, sourced from local plantations where logging is strictly monitored. A small family-run business in Melbourne has then carved the heels and platforms for The Sole Project. Recycled or reclaimed brass, copper and silver have also been used amongst the designs, along with Queensland boulder opals from Quilpie.
Side project The Overlanders complements Isabelle’s foot upholstery, which is a small collection of saddle bags named after iconic Australian droving families. Harnessing a connection to our country, the environment and community, Oak & Hide delivers classic silhouettes through traditional craftsmanship.