Calla Haynes launched her brand Calla in 2009 and was best known for her homemade prints; she has received several design awards. In 2015, the Canadian designer left for Paris and discontinued her eponymous collections, aiming to turn her remaining textiles into something else. 'That was quite a difficult decision; my fabrics were a huge investment and the most precious part of my work. Selling them was not an option because the prints were so personal,' Haynes says.
She developed her now famous Boucharouite project: a collection of rugs made from recycled textiles in collaboration with women weavers in Morocco. She not only works with her own textiles, but also uses fabrics left over from luxury brands in Paris to commission new Boucharouite rugs.
This collaboration in Morocco tasted like more and resulted in a collection of Babouche slippers, handmade from upcycled vintage Berber carpets from Marrakech's Souk. In a limited edition, as only about 20 pairs per carpet. The slippers have unique texture details and are also comfortable to wear. In doing so, the Calla brand makes an important contribution to preserving Morocco's regional tradition, while also directly supporting local artisans.
All Babouche slippers by Calla are handmade from antique carpets and are lined with locally sourced lamb leather dyed with natural vegetable dyes. The Calla x soul-sister collection is exclusive and available in a limited edition.