Makers

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    Meet Cihan.

    Cihan is 19 years old and from Gaziantep, Turkey. He joined the Sabah Atelier 8 months ago as an apprentice to our master stitcher. He can now stitch 12 pairs per day and signs every pair with a vertical line "|". His father also works in the Atelier as a stitcher. On the weekends, he plays football [soccer] with his friends.

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    Meet Ali.

    Ali skillfully sews the upper leathers of every pair of Sabahs. He joined the Sabah atelier two years ago having fled the Syrian civil war in Aleppo for southeast Turkey. He is now taking English lessons. We converse in a mixture of Turkish, English and Arabic. Ali is always smiling.

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    Meet Orhan.

    Orhan is from Gaziantep and used to have his own shoemaking workshop. He joined Sabah one year ago to manage our leather stock. He ensures everything is running smoothly between leather selection and cutting. His older brother, Mehmet, is the head of quality control at the Sabah Atelier. Orhan has three daughters.

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    Meet Ali.

    Ali cuts the leather for every pair of Sabahs we make. He is 44 years old and from Aleppo, Syria. He left Aleppo with his wife four years ago to escape the civil war. He joined the Sabah workshop as he was previously cutting leather in a high heel shoe factory in Aleppo.

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    Meet Yilmaz.

    Yilmaz is from Gaziantep. He began learning to stitch Sabahs eight months ago. He previously was a shoe salesman in Gaziantep’s ancient bazaar selling traditional slippers. He wanted to learn to stitch because he prefers to be an artist and sees stitching as an art. He signs every pair of Sabahs he stitches with a horizontal line “-”.

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    Meet Erol.

    He is 27 years old and from Gaziantep, Turkey. He is the quality control manager of Sabah production and also handles the packaging, packing and counting of every pair before they leave Gaziantep for New York City. In other words, he keeps us organized and accountable. The consistency and quality of Sabahs has come along way since we started making them three years ago.