SKUA Studio is a starting label that focuses on making handmade sustainable shoes. With the use of classical shoemaking techniques, bold, clear and sleek designs are created, without losing the element of comfort. The shoes have an elegance with a raw edge, due to the use of a unique mix of shapes and colors. The parts of the shoes are created in their own studio. An example of this are the heels. These are designed and cast in homemade molds. In the shoe industry, it is common to order pre-made heels from a manufacturer abroad. For SKUA Studio it is important to keep the entire process in their own hands, this way the form remains original, local and small-scale.
As artisan shoemakers, the duo attaches great importance to solid, reliable materials.
Each pair of shoes is handmade in Utrecht by the duo Anousjka Röben & Naomi Hille. All their shoes are available in all possible sizes, because they love diversity!
HOW THEY MET
Both Naomi and Anousjka were born in Utrecht the center of the Netherlands. They met during their time studying at the DHTA, where it clicked from the first moment they worked together. The choices in style and personalities caused them to collaborate, during, and after their studies. Naomi and Anousjka are both constantly looking for the limits of artisan shoemaking and fashion. They both have a hands-on mentality, and ask themselves tough questions that make them set their limits higher.
THE ORIGIN OF SKUA STUDIO SKUA is transformed out of a very old Dutch word; skuo (500 A.D.). Naomi & Anousjka switched the ‘O’ into an ‘A’, turning the word from a masculine into a feminine noun. Being two dutch women, they instantly felt more connected to the name SKUA.
They collaborated a few times and after a couple of successful runway fashionweek collections, they started their own label. The first small SKUA Studio tryout collection was shown at the Milan Fashionweek SS19 — leading to further showcases at Berlin-, Amsterdam- and Paris Fashion week (SS2019/2020).