Petit Mai is a small label from canton Fribourg, which specialises in special shoes for crawlers and first-walkers: Not only are the leather slippers cute, warm and comfortable, they also satisfy the highest expectations on sustainability. Behind the concept are founder Anne Tu Quoc, a Syrian master tailor, as well as a whole network of pensioners and farm women from the vicinity of Fribourg.
Anne has always loved handmade items. At first she started knitting caps, which sold like hot cakes in her home village of Arosa. At some point even international brands like Redbull and Swatch became aware of her products. Exciting collaborations were established. As Anne became mother herself, she decided to switch to handmade leather slippers, and to market them under a strong label. Thus was born Petit Mai.
Not only are the leather slippers cute, warm and comfortable, they also satisfy the highest expectations on sustainability.
Along the entire chain of production the business takes a resource-friendly approach. It starts with the careful choice of materials: the cowhide is organically certified and is mainly vegetable-tanned with high quality and sustainable tanning agents. In cases where synthetic dyes are used, care is taken to ensure that they are free of heavy metals. With various labels Petit Mai was distinguished as particularly environmentally and allergy-friendly.
Sustainable materials are even used for the pom-poms and inner linings – with the highest quality standards. An express goal of Anne Tu Quoc is to achieve leather slippers that last many years so they can be passed on to others – to siblings, cousins, and even perhaps to grandchildren.
Starting autumn 2019 the overall concept, which is already very well organised now, will be refined even more, with lovingly handmade packages which will not only contain the product, but also short stories about nature discovery for the little ones. In addition to the baby shoes, Petit Mai also offers pacifier clips and organic sheets.