“We are shoemakers at heart and soul. We want to make great looking shoes for people in all corners of the world. And we believe that great design does not have to cost a fortune.”
Marie Nilsson Peterzén, Co-founder & Creative Director
The Story of Vagabond
The brand Vagabond was first born in Sweden 1973. The foundation of today’s Vagabond Shoemakers happened twenty years later. Ever since the start the vision has been to be a global fashion brand within shoes, for the fashion and quality driven consumer. During the 80’s our founders got busy learning about shoes and started to apply their design philosophy on-site, close to the best available skills within shoemaking in Portugal and Italy. During this time, Vagabond is truly acknowledged by the bigger audience and the first bestsellers hit the market.
After first being a pure men’s shoe brand, we consciously set focus to extend with female footwear fashion. This was accomplished through new unisex shoes and boots that the Scandinavian market had never seen before! In the 90’s we explore new and bigger markets and add on further iconic shoe styles, which are still today important archive references in the design process.
In the beginning a handful of people was running the show. Today we are about 200 skilled persons, all involved in the process of making great looking quality shoes for the modern vagabond who cares about style and a sustainable way of life.
OUR DESIGN STUDIO
It all starts in our design studio in Varberg, Sweden. Here our ideas come alive and we make careful decisions about shapes, materials and constructions. We know that great design is a joint effort, several skills are involved to make that perfect shoe. In our studio we are free to create and try all our ideas, even the crazy ones! When a last, an upper and an outsole fit perfectly – this becomes our receipt. But we do not rest at this, we carefully follow our product through production, transportation and distribution. Make sure that we partner up with the best people every step of the way and are shown in carefully selected market places worldwide.