Thanks to the team of the Republican Lorrain de Longwy who went to my workshop for a detailed interview!

His slippers look like him, playful and sparkling. Caty Cavallone started her small business eight years ago. And since then, the success of his pretty creations has not stopped. The 37-year-old, living in Bréhain-la-Ville, focused on quality, comfort and color. Initially thought for his children, and especially his daughter, his models have quickly found takers. It must be said that eight years ago this type of slippers was not very common. Caty Cavallone had discovered it from Canada, hence her idea of developing an offer " made in France ", with quality raw materials, as well as patterns and colors that he liked.

"It's like a second skin, with an elastic system that keeps the ankle. They accompany the movements, do not make noise. Feet breathe, do not sweat in. And, it is recommended by pediatricians, "says Lorraine.

The thirty-year-old travels to Paris to stock up on leather certified French or Italian, without azo dye and without chromium VI. She also finds colorful products more fun. And she stops on soft leather, soft (velvet), natural.

The raw material is not enough, it must be transformed. Caty does not work alone, a seamstress gives him a helping hand and her mother. It must be said that she cuts the leather of craft way, using a cutter. It takes about thirty minutes to make a pair.

A diversified range

The young woman has a lot of imagination and can also customize slippers on demand (a name, a drawing ...). A way to "stand out". These slippers are therefore very popular for births, even birthdays. For this, she simply adds iron-on patterns. The big ones can also orderCaty has, in fact, diversified its range by thinking of adults.

So far, the young entrepreneur has relied heavily on word-of-mouth to sell her creations. It works pretty well. She makes about a hundred pairs each month. "I have kept my clientele for eight years, I see children growing up. I also provided a Montessori nursery in Nancy, with custom slippers. I sell in France, Luxembourg and Belgium. Once, I even had an order of 14 slippers for Switzerland. Or a lady from a hot country who ordered it for her children when they go out and ride trampoline, "says the young mother.

But, to try to develop her communication, she recently redesigned her website and created a Facebook page. She will be present for some time in an ephemeral shop, in the courtyard of the Capuchins in Thionville.

December 2016 - Republican Lorrain