If you’re a woman, you’re Canadian and you’re into shoes, chances are you’ve heard of Poppy Barley. Heck, if you’re a dude, you probably have as well.
Started by two Edmonton sisters – Justine and Kendall Barber – Poppy Barley is a made-to-measure shoe company that’s as much a runaway mustang success story as it is a lesson in craftsmanship and socio-economics. Poppy Barley’s business model is simple: measure your customers’ feet, let them pick out the colour/style of their footwear, send the specs to Mexico and weeks later a shiny new pair of shoes or boots is ready. Though her base is Edmonton, 33-year old Kendall Barber yearns to cover as much terra firma as possible. Whether she’s running marathons, hiking through the Rocky Mountains or travelling across North America to tell Poppy Barley’s story (luxurious shoe couture + fair wages for Mexican shoemakers) Kendall is on the move.
I was lucky enough to catch Kendall right as she returned from a trip to Morocco. She’s a sweetheart, a community builder (as a Lululemon run ambassador and tireless run champion with YEG’s River City Runners) and all around role model for young entrepreneurs. Here’s Kendall’s story about her f*#king awesome job…. Read more