When you purchase an UNCUFFED piece, you’re investing in something that goes beyond a beautiful physical object. Our company values are true to our core and inform every step of our process, from design to production and packaging. Get to know what we’re all about.
We strive to minimize our negative impact on the environment. Not because it’s trendy, but because it’s the right thing to do. It’s also incredibly satisfying! We love finding new ways to repurpose old samples and off-cuts. One of our proudest moments was creating the leather flower crowns, which were built from all the little scraps of glove leather around the studio that we couldn’t bring ourselves to throw away.
It's also super important for us to provide our customers with a memorable unboxing experience, which means finding new ways to make you smile and feel special without creating unnecessary waste. While we like to include fun little elements like confetti in our packaging, it’s made entirely of recycled paper from our office.
Water conservation is another issue at the forefront of our mission. Large commercial tanneries use giant vats of water and chemicals to treat and dye their skins. With that in mind, we’re 100% committed to using alternative methods that practice sustainability. For our larger production runs, we try to work with small, family-owned and -operated tanneries in Europe that value water conservation. For smaller collections, we purchase untreated skins and hand dye them ourselves using vegetable tanned dyes and a tiny fraction of the water. (We like to think that it makes them a little more special too.)
We love what we do, and we’re proud of everything we produce. UNCUFFED is constantly moving forward, growing, and improving. We live and breathe art and fashion, and we are extremely grateful to spend our days dreaming up accessories that make you feel beautiful and empowered. We hope that our pieces will become a part of your story, and maybe eventually find their way into your kids’ closets.
We are committed to having fun at work. We never take ourselves too seriously and always find the time to celebrate our successes, as well as the accomplishments of our team members, colleagues, and other women who are out there hustling and creating. It took us a minute to get here, but we’ve realized just how harmful comparison and competition are; life is so much shinier and more fulfilling when we lift each other up!
UNCUFFED is a small company that is woman-owned (hi!) and that cares deeply about community. Our studio is nestled in Toronto’s Gay Village, and we would not have it any other way. It is second nature to us to not only support but also to celebrate all of our beautiful LGBTQIA, Two-Spirit, and POC employees and friends. (We promise to work our hardest to maintain a culture of openness and love as the company grows, and to keep learning about and embracing different perspectives.)
Creating unique, badass accessories that make a statement is at the heart of our brand. We are not here to help you live out your normcore fantasy - that's what the mall is for! While we appreciate a crisp white tee and a pair of high-waisted jeans as much as the next guy, UNCUFFED is all about providing a playground to break category norms and stand out in a sea of sameness. After all, there's nothing more inspiring than a woman who embraces her individuality, knows her power, and owns her sexuality.
We pride ourselves on delivering a luxury product with hand-stitched details, top-of-the-line leathers, and special touches that include everything from molding to hand painting. Simply put: we strive to make our chokers, belts, and other leather accessories so wearable that you’ll want to don them everywhere you go! With a strong focus on longevity and structural integrity, we care far more about how your piece will look and feel in five years than when it comes out of the box.
Jump on over to our PROCESS page to learn more about our techniques, materials, production, and design inspiration.