Actually Existing is about making objects, by hand, from scratch.
In his book The Craftsman, Richard Sennett writes about crafts(wo)manship as something felt in the body, an impulse, a desire ‘to do a job well for its own sake’. Throughout the years we spent working as designers, we both felt the impulse to one day return to a kind of craft that, as Sennett describes, considers skill and technique as broader cultural practices; as techniques for living a certain way of life. Soon enough, we had both gone and studied shoe making abroad and returned to Melbourne to start Actually Existing. We work with leather and up-cycled materials, including heavy canvas and rubber. We believe in keeping our production local in order to support the various suppliers and associated manufacturers in Melbourne’s industry.
Olivia & Anna Nicholas - Actually Existing