9th May: Galahad Clark
This week Elliot Moss is joined Galahad Clark, a 7th generation shoemaker.
Galahad’s unique heritage meant growing up immersed in a world that honored tradition and pushed boundaries of design innovation. As a teenager, he spent summer holidays on various shoe production lines in Europe learning the family’s trade. After finishing school at Millfield in Somerset, Galahad was offered a Morehead Scholarship at the University of North Carolina, where he earned a degree with honors in Chinese and Anthropology. While there he founded ‘Students 4 Students International’, an organization created to help disadvantaged students in Africa go to the best secondary schools and onto university. There are now three such projects thriving around the world.
Galahad’s degree led him to Taiwan and China, where he studied the language and researched technical shoe production and, when back in the US, he created ‘Wu-Shoes’ for hip-hop trailblazers, Wu Tang Clan.
In 2003, Galahad took over Terra Plana and set about transforming the brand by introducing new concepts. Every product was designed with a sustainable concept in mind, and eco-friendly materials were actively sourced from all corners of the world. According to Galahad, “sustainable design is just good design. Products that work in the world today – are efficient, durable, lightweight, appropriate, functional, beautiful”
From the base of Terra Plana Galahad launched UNITED NUDE, WORN AGAIN and VIVOBAREFOOT. And as of 2012 focuses on VIVOBAREFOOT: the original and authentic barefoot shoe with a patented, ultra-thin, puncture-resistant sole that allows the body to move as nature intended.
Galahad continues to serve on the boards of United Nude, Worn Again, Soul of Africa, Born to Run and the Crossway Foundation.
Outside of work, Galahad lives in a Rurban retreat just outside London with his wife and two children.