Our Story

Proudly South African

Hi!

We are Roxy and Julia, proud owners of SAINT&SUMMER footwear brand.

If you’re reading this, it means that you’re as fashion-obsessed as we are, and if that’s the case, then we should definitely be friends! 

For the record, it has taken us 5 years to write this piece. A story ‘about us’ is not an easy one to tell. Not because we’re not news-worthy, but simply because being introspective can be tough. You don’t want to sound like you’re blowing smoke up your own you know what, but you also want your brand to serve its purpose, and for people to know about what you can offer them.

Also, how do we sum up 5 flipping fabulous years? 5 years of working with your bestie, travelling the world and doing what you love. 5 years of coming to work every day to be inspired… and to inspire. 5 years of working really, really hard. And 5 years of learning, making mistakes, making sacrifices and laughing (a lot) at ourselves. 5 years of f-bombs when deliveries don’t arrive on time, and happy dances when they do. 5 years of discovering who we are and what we want from each other, this business and ourselves.

Perhaps the best place to start is at the very beginning, when we sat drinking some kind of delicious cocktail and spoke about how we needed to live our best lives, doing what we love and wondering how, after ordering another delicious cocktail, we could make a career out of it.

We are both born and bred Durbanites. We grew up in Durbs, went to school together and are now both raising our little families here too. When we first started our business we were besties. Today, we’re still besties. Tighter than ever, more mature – in a good, un-wrinkled way - and we’re steaming ahead on this adventure of ours. Watching SAINT&SUMMER grow from strength to stylish strength is a sign that what we’re doing, you’re loving! And that’s all that really matters. 

Seasonal footwear, fashionable shoes, designer sandals… whatever words you use to describe your favourite SAINT&SUMMER shoes, we’re legit proud to realise that we have created a household brand that makes you feel like a million bucks. Without costing it. 

And the idea to provide the modern woman with a range of stylish shoes came from a personal place. We’re busy! We’re moms, we’re wives. We work, we work out, we meet friends, we travel, we housewife, we give advice, we are dancers, and shoppers, and organisers too. We follow trends, and we set them. We wake up early, we go to bed late, we seek adventures and we look forward to quiet moments on the couch. It’s a busy life,but we’re so happy to do it.

We wanted to create a shoe brand that fitted into this lifestyle. Loud stand-out shoes and comfortable Sunday-session shoes. Shoes to work in, and shoes to work it… if you know what we mean! SAINT&SUMMER is a collection of everything we’ve ever wanted in a shoe, and then some.

We’re #blessed that every single day we get to live our brand. Every day is about searching for something new. From inspiration on the streets, in the high end magazines and the runways of the world. From our friends, their frends, and all the awesomeness that our multi-cultured country provides. We love what we do. And we do it for you! 

We’re so happy you’re here, and that you’re a fan. Thanks for stopping by.

Now get back to shopping!

 

THIS SEASON we’re loving… 

Roxy’s favourite is the ECHO Rose Gold, because it gives her the super-model height she’s always dreamed of, and it’s like comfy bling for her feet. What other reason do you need.

Julie loves the EBONY Black Leopard, because it’s a no-mess-no-fuss kinda sneaker that looks uber-trendy but takes very little effort to do so. Easy on, easy off, just the way she likes it!


Vision And Mission

We started SAINT&SUMMER in the hope of bringing you footwear that tells of the lifestyle we lead here in South Africa. Each of our matte jelly shoes are designed to compliment your individual distinctive style. They are all locally designed and inspired by urban styles we see around us; encouraging us to focus on some of the best scenery Durban has to offer! Guided by a strong set of values, SAINT&SUMMER set out to build a “different” kind of modern company, one founded on compassion and ethics, aiming to influence society in both fashion and social responsibility.

SAINT&SUMMER’s mission is to consistently provide a total customer experience through our people, products and company values.

SAINT&SUMMER’s vision is to give fashionable women a unique way to express their individuality through style. We envision our brand to represent a lifestyle.



We are very pleased to announce that our SAINT&SUMMER Team is growing.

Lawrence joined us as Operations Co-Ordinator at the end of 2017 and has settled in so well. He deals with all daily operations in SAINT&SUMMER’s Head Office. All online orders, store packing and dispatching, daily queries from the website, exchanges and returns. Thank you for the gracious welcome each of you extended to him.

Natalie, our newest Sales Manager, started with us in April 2018.  She heads up our wholesale sales and will be the point of contact for all of our stockists. She comes with a wealth of retail experience and knowledge having worked with big retailers both locally and in London. We are confident that she will be an asset to our S&S team.

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