Producing in Portugal: why does it change (almost) everything?
Published : 08/30/2021 | Categories : Better
The shoe industry is opaque and this has consequences on the workers. The large number of subcontractors and the geographical distribution of world production, concentrated in countries where control is not always easy, explains this state of affairs.
We have chosen to produce in Portugal since the beginning of the brand (10 years) and for 8 years in the same factory! This changes a lot of things objectively, but is it perfect? Is "made in Europe" infallible? Here is our current knowledge on the subject.
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We have decided to start the B-CORP certification process!
Published : 07/19/2021 | Categories : Better
We decided to apply to a social and environmental certification: B-Corp. Our idea is to structure our processes and to understand where we need to progress when it comes to our commitments. We also want to help our customers to better understand what is going on, because today everyone describes themselves as ethical...
At the time of writing, our application is being reviewed and we will have a return within 5 to 7 months. The result is uncertain but the 4 months we spent preparing our file have already given us so much that we wanted to share this first step with you!
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BENJIE'S STORE IS 100% POWERED BY GREEN ENERGY
Published : 04/15/2021 | Categories : Adventure
It's finally done! The Benjie store will now consume the Vitale Vert energy 100% from SIG: 100% renewable and 100% local.
The price is almost similar: just 200 francs more according to our calculations. We were already consuming very little in our small 30m2 space. So how did not we change before? We wonder.... Until we honestly admit that we often continue to believe that these "micro" gestures are useless and that others will do them for us. Well... for electricity, this bad reflex is over. Now we must tackle with the others!
FOYER-HANDICAP: BENJIE'S PRINTER!
Published : 03/31/2021 | Categories : Adventure
It has been a long time that we wanted to work with the Foyer-Handicap Foundation... Well, it's now done! They now take care of our printing work for the Geneva store and for the website (posters, shipping materials...).
We used to print in Germany or Italy on large online platforms to save money. We do not regret our choice: quality is top (their slogan is not usurped), we support another Geneva-based company, there is little transport, and... above all... we feel like we are making a micro-contribution to doing something good. In short, the feeling of being aligned with our ideas.
Can leather be compatible with a responsible approach?
Published : 03/29/2021 | Categories : Better
It's a question that concerns a lot of eco-responsible brands today: can a leather shoe be compatible with an ethical approach? We thought it was important to take the time to explain in all transparency why we believe that our leather is the most suitable material to make a quality and responsible children's shoe.
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Recycled cotton for our children's shoes, the real good idea.
Published : 03/25/2021 | Categories : Better
We were not very familiar with cotton. It's a material that we very rarely find on our models. We mainly use it on our summer ranges, as outer lining for shoes and slippers.
Here we share our research and the reasons that led us to choose recycled cotton.
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Published : 01/26/2021 | Categories : Adventure
In spite of the closing of our store, we thought about how to create an impulse of solidarity as we realize that some people are more in need than us during this period... We imagined an operation during the last 2 weeks of sales: for 2 pairs of Benjie bought, we offer a pair to a child in need at the Social Cloakroom of Caritas Geneva and the Protestant Social Center.
This is a circuit that seems to benefit everyone: a child will wear good shoes, our customers benefit from more products on sale during 2 more weeks, and this momentum supports us, as a local brand!
KOWEIT CITY: FIRST BENJIE STORE OUTSIDE SWITZERLAND!
Published : 11/20/2020 | Categories : Adventure
Very sensitive to the quality and the design of our shoes, the customers of the golf course have been loyal to the brand for years. Kuwait, with its particular interest in new trends, is undoubtedly the most influential Gulf country in terms of fashion. It is therefore with great pride that we can now represent Switzerland, on our humble scale, in this part of the world!
With the opening of this store, a new stage is on!
BRING US BACK YOUR OLD BENJIE SHOES: AN ECO-FRIENDLY AND RESPONSIBLE ATTITUDE
Published : 10/17/2020 | Categories : Better
In order to minimize our impact on environment the best solution is to extend the life cycle of the products we use. This is why we offer a second life to your old Benjie shoes. Eco-friendly and responsible, this is how will be the future !
AESCHBACH STORES WELCOMES BENJIE SHOP IN SHOPS
Published : 06/05/2019 | Categories : Adventure
Aesbach's brand means for all Swiss citizens quality and choice when byuing shoes. This Shoe Retailer is a century old Swiss company who has believed in Benjie since the beginning and has now strenghtened their commitment through a stronger partnership. Welcoming 3 Benjie shops in shops in Geneva, Chavannes and Lausanne store proves their stronger belief in our brand.
We share with you how the deal has been closed behind the scene !
See EPISOD 1: we get the appointment
See EPISOD 2: we go to the appointment
See EPISOD 3: we close the deal !
Limited edition Benjie x L'asticot
Published : 04/04/2019 | Categories : Adventure
A project that we kept heartwarmed in our minds for a while: create a special collection together with another Swiss brand sharing the same entrepreneurial and ethical values than ours.
It is now done with the limited edition Benjie x l'Asticot.
BENJIE TO SELL IN THE GERMAN-SPEAKING PART OF SWITZERLAND
Published : 03/21/2019 | Categories : Adventure
We got there ! Language is not a barrier for Benjie !
We are honoured to have been entrusted as a brand by Walder, shoe retailing company specializing in kids shoes in the other part of Switzerland.
You can now find Benjie shoes in Bale, Zürich, Lucerne or Wintertur !
BENJIE LAUNCHES TUTORIALS
Published : 10/11/2018 | Categories : Adventure
Our day-to-day job is to give parents advice on finding the right shoes for their children. How to share advice with those who cannot get them in our Geneva store ? By providing tutorials !
4 main items among the most frequently asked questions:
SEE measure the size of the child's foot
SEE when & how to start putting shoes to a child
SEE child's first shoes
SEE how to choose a good shoe
3 CHILD DESIGNERS CREATE THEIR OWN BENJIE SHOE !
Published : 09/21/2018 | Categories : Adventure
Further to the Crowdfunding, Elias, Alexia and Ludivine won the prize enabling them to create their own Benjie shoe.
After several months working on the design and finalization of the prototypes, the 3 young designers received their Benjie diploma !
Final shoes have been launched on the market in June 2020.
BENJIE GETS 60'000 CHF TO START SELF-PRODUCING
Published : 06/23/2018 | Categories : Adventure
A small young brand in a huge shoe market… is like a David versus Goliath battle !
In order to grow with serenity we needed to produce ourselves a part of our models. Without specific means, it was impossible to buy the machines.
We decided to launch a crowdfunding which helped us get 60'000 CHF in one month !
See the video of the project
BENJIE TO LAUNCH THE
Published : 06/09/2016 | Categories : Adventure
In order to celebrate the International Environment Day on June 22, Benjie decided to become a collect point for the recycling of old shoes.
This idea arose from a simple fact: rather than accumulating old shoes at home or throwing them away why not offer them a second life after recycling.
In order to extend their life cycle, shoes are being reshaped and sold on the second-hand market with benefits being given to charity organizations in Switzerland.
A social and environmental added-value.
See the video of the project.
BENJIE BY VICTORIA FOR CANSEARCH
Published : 04/09/2016 | Categories : Adventure
The Cansearch Association has been founded and led by Professor Ansari, who is head of children's cancers department in HUG hospital in Geneva.
Benjie launched the operation "let's give a kick to children's cancer" and could raise more than 15'000 CHF for the association.
The concept: give the opportunity to a young girl followed by Professor Ansari to customize a Benjie sneaker which would then be produced in limited edition and sold through Benjie's retailing network.
See the video of the project.
BENJIE TO OPEN ITS FIRST SHOP IN GENEVA
Published : 05/16/2015 | Categories : Adventure
Since the creation of the brand our main objective was to open our first own store.
All of us have been fully involved, inclufing Benjamin & Jérémie.
With this store opening we are in direct contact with our customers and we can learn a lot from kids & parents' feedback in order to create shoes really corresponding to their needs.
How to get to the store
BENJIE TO WIN GENILEM'S COACHING
Published : 09/16/2014 | Categories : Adventure
After several months of project preparation the Benjie team faces the Genilem Jury and gets selected !
Happy Few ! Only 10 projects are chosen each year by Genilem out of 200 applicants.
We received our diplomas from Mr Armand Lombard and Mrs Aline Yazgi.
JULIEN KERVIO JOINS THE BENJIE ADVENTURE
Published : 06/16/2014 | Categories : Adventure
Julien who is also a father of 2 kids, Maya and Mael, joins the adventure !
He has known Christian for a few years with another job and he finds out about Benjie as their travel together on a business trip.
This is a coincidence with Julien's family history as his great grand-father (center of the picture) owned a shoe-repair shop in the 19th century in Verrières-le-Buisson, 20km South of Paris.
FIRST MODELS, FIRST SALES
Published : 11/25/2013 | Categories : Adventure
Thanks to his extensive night & w-end working hours Christian manages to launch his first shoe prototypes and to make the first soles from his molds.
He gets precious advice from Dr Marino Delmi, Orthopedic Surgeon in Geneva.
Christian sells his fist shoes to Aeschbach in Geneva who finds interest in this crazy project. This famous shoe retail-chain still sells Benjie shoes today.
A temporary Benjie Pop-up store is launched downtown Geneva.
CHRISTIAN LAUNCHES BENJIE OF SWITZERLAND
Published : 12/31/2011 | Categories : Adventure
Christian Bagnoud, brand-new dad, cannot find nice shoes for his kids combining confort, style, quality and ethical manufacturing.
He has been a shoe passionate since he was a teenage and he decided to create Benjie of Switzerland in Crans-Montana where he was born, parallel to his job.
He names his brand after the names of his 2 sons, Benjamin and Jérémie