Our very own factory
Since 2009 we have manufactured our shoes in Bosnia. The move to Bosnia & Herzegovina happened naturally. The reason is also natural. During the Balkan war in the 1990s, many refugees came to Sweden and Kumla. Several of them were shoemakers, which was a profession that was disappearing in Sweden at that time. Simultaneously, it was a profession and competence that we at Kavat needed and were looking for. That is why many of the refugees started working with us. When we needed to increase production through a larger factory, Bosnia became a natural choice. In addition, the geographical location means that we are close to raw materials in both Bosnia and Italy, which are at the forefront when it comes to world-class shoe manufacturing.
Increased demand for quality Shoes
We believe that the best working environment enables us to manufacture the best and most durable shoes.
The demand for sustainable shoes is increasing. Therefore, we moved to a larger factory in the city of Travnik, Bosnia in the fall of 2017. Travnik is located in the central part of the country and is surrounded by majestic mountains and magnificent scenery. The factory is brand new and state-of-the-art. We manufactured the first shoes there in the fall of 2017. It has an environmentally friendly heating system, air conditioning and smart use of renewable energy. The factory offers a pleasant working environment and reflects our sustainable approach.
Since we own the factory, we have full control over all parts of the production chain and the components being used. Our factory is ISO-certified 9001 and 14001 and meets the requirements for manufacturing shoes marked with EU Ecolabel, Europe's official eco-label.
The Kavat factory is specialized in manufacturing high-quality leather shoes. This is why we work with external partners to manufacture certain types of other shoes, e.g all those with a waterproof membrane. We make regular visits to these factories ourselves. We make sure that the working conditions are fair and that all materials and components used in manufacturing meet the current requirements for EU Ecolabel, which are also our own guidelines for sustainable shoe production. We have a Code of conduct and a Restricted substance guide that all partners must sign.
We still produce some smaller collections in Sweden every now and then, but most of our shoes are made in Travnik in Bosnia.