American-born designer Sydney Brown founded her eponymous label determined to prove that stunning, elegant, and comfortable shoes could be produced in an environmentally friendly manner. Taking a holistic approach to design, Sydney maintains constant respect for the environment and the wearer, without compromising on style. Handmade by artisans in her small, self-owned factory in Los Angeles, her consciously constructed shoes are free of animal products and, instead, use only eco-friendly materials such as coconut insoles, recycled and sustainable uppers, and wooden soles. Sydney’s goal is to create with every pair of shoes a ‘cradle to cradle’ life cycle.
Sydney’s aesthetic is deeply inspired by her ten years of living and working in Japan, where she honed her design skills and adopted the distinctive Japanese affinity for emphasizing beautiful and innovative materials over unnecessary (and often wasteful) extravagance. Her passion for, and understanding of the craft of shoemaking has resulted in the highly luxurious, fashion forward Sydney Brown collection, one that feels right at home at Master & Muse.