The name K!BO is derived from the Japanese word Hope/希望. It denotes “second chance”. Appalled by the amount of waste created by the fast fashion industry, K!BO is set out on a mission to give waste a second chance. Every pair of sneakers repurposes leather trimmings that would have otherwise ended up in landfills and reuses post-consumer plastics to create a beautifully soft piece of ‘new’ leather that is incredibly durable and comfortable. Every pair makes a difference, giving life and waste a second chance to shine.
K!BO not only gives waste a second chance to shine, but it also gives life a second chance. K!BO believes that a strong community tied together can yield incredible impact to battle social issues like climate change and modern slavery. For every pair sold, a portion of the proceeds is donated to Compassion First, a not- for-profit organization that works tirelessly to help victims of human trafficking.
All materials are ethically sourced with minimal environmental impact (BSCI Compliant Factories). K!BO's iconic sneakers are made with innovative technology that effortlessly blends style, comfort, and sustainability. Each pair is meticulously crafted with GRS certified upcycled leather, post-consumer plastics, and perfectly paired with FSC certified natural cork footbed that has anti-bacterial and sweat-wicking properties. The extra-cushiony footbed padding provides arch-support from a dual density foam for the perfect blend of support and comfort.
K!BO's co-founder, Natalie Chow, is the inspiring example of a modern do-it-all woman. With over 10 years’ experience in the beauty and fashion industry and a mother of two, Natalie works hard to craft premium sneakers that show quality and purpose. Another co-founder Simon comes from a family of footwear manufacturing of over 50 years, where he witnessed a huge amount of waste created during the manufacturing process. In almost every step, there was waste – from raw materials to dead stock. “A brand whose products weren't just for show but had real purpose and made a positive impact on the planet and its people” said Simon, that is how KIBO was conceived.
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