What would happen if we accepted the idea that perfection does not exist and started appreciating a simpler and more genuine beauty?
What would happen if, at least for one moment, we stopped chasing the idea of perfection typical of the western culture and accepted the fact that, in this world, nothing is perfect, complete and eternal?
This is the assumption at the basis of wabi sabi, an aesthetic vision typical of the Japanese traditional culture and rooted in Zen Buddhism. The wabi sabi doctrine suggests appreciating the beauty of simpler, humble things marked by time, looking beyond their external appearance.
Accepting the idea that perfection does not exist and that everything that is born, grows and dies in nature can teach us to live in the present moment with less anxiety and frustration, aware of the transience and incompleteness inherent in the Universe. By abandoning the useless chase of an unreachable perfection, we could rid ourselves of futile preoccupations and focus our efforts on the search for excellence. This means obtaining the best possible result by giving our best in everything we do.
The wabi sabi doctrine is very articulated and complex and certainly cannot be summed up in just a few words, but it has stricken us thanks to two aspects it shares with the Löwenweiss philosophy:
- The pleasure of simplicity, founded on the exclusion of everything that is not essential and on the appreciation of an authentic elegance, not garish and naturally imperfect.
- A lifestyle characterized by slower rhythms, which enables us to recognize our emotional needs and dialogue with the nature that surrounds us.
When we design Löwenweiss slippers, our primary objective is to offer you something warm and comfortable, capable of favouring your psycho-physical well-being while relaxing at home. That is why we have chosen a simple yet elegant and functional design, eliminating all useless accessories and focusing on high-quality materials. In addition, as all slippers are manufactured artisanally, so not one is identical to the other. The stitching and sole may vary slightly and the shades of the wool too can be different from one batch to another, especially when it comes to recycled felt.
If we were to follow the logic of mass-production, these would be imperfections but, for us, they are peculiarities that increase the value of our shoes, which are created with love by expert hands following a family tradition handed down from generation to generation.