Creating the perfect shoe takes more than great design. It takes the right manufacturer. That’s why we’re aligned with partners who share our passion, comply with our labour standards and human rights requirements, and have the technical and creative capabilities to bring our designs to life.
OUR TEAM IN AUSTRALIA
Marcus Blackmore is the founder of Marcus B. With over 36 years of experience in the retail and wholesale fashion sectors, he is widely known by his peers as a product development and marketing wizard: a reputation that has stayed with him since he established the first ‘Shoe and Accessory’ departments at several prominent Australian fashion apparel chains.
His distinctive approach to casual footwear spearheads Marcus B’s unique style, craftsmanship and attention to detail. However as someone who’s worked his way up from the shop floor, Marcus hasn’t forgotten his roots. When he’s not living and breathing shoes, he enjoys keeping a healthy and active lifestyle to keep the mind and body fit.
Standing beside Marcus is his son Jacob, who inherited his father’s love of footwear and appreciation for the fine art of shoe making. With a background in business marketing, Jacob’s results-driven outlook and focus on quality control and the management of direct resources abroad ensures the day-to-day operations at Marcus B run smoothly. In his time off, he also loves attending Melbourne’s only game, AFL, and is a passionate Hawks supporter.
And here are the real champions, Epi, Mirella and Ashley who are responsible for upholding our rigorous standards of quality and integrity. They bring a wonderful mix of passion and knowledge to the table, with their broad expertise and tertiary qualifications in fashion, industrial design (footwear), business marketing and retail product development.
Our Showroom in Hong Kong
With the brands rapid expansion across key international markets, an Asian presence was paramount, as Australia isn’t exactly the easiest country to get to. Simply drop by our Hong Kong showroom and we’ll walk you through a one-stop-shop of our entire collection of Indian, Chinese and Bangladeshi footwear and accessories. It brings everything together, from head to toe, so you can quickly grasp the value we can add to your retail collection.
Our Sandal Factory in India
At Marcus B, we love sandals so much we built a business upon them. When that wasn’t enough, we opened our own factory so we can manage the whole production process from design all the way through to manufacture.
Our sandal factory in the fast-growing industrial town of Gurgaon in India’s National Capital Region, employs around 120 people. These skilled craftsmen use techniques that have been handed down across generations. With over two decades of experience managing footwear businesses, our Indian factory partner is an expert in footwear production, product development and merchandising, and the development of materials from both India and China. At the factory, our footwear is constructed from the highest-grade genuine leather and tunit (soles), sourced from the Tata international tannery in India and hand-crafted to ensure a superior fit and finish.
We are also acutely aware of our obligations to upholding international labour standards and human rights and conduct periodic audits to ensure compliance.