Terhi Pölkki Shoes was launched in the fall 2011. Terhi Pölkki’s shoe designs embrace Scandinavian minimalism, femininity and practicality. The main focus is in design, combined with sustainable and high quality materials. The simple and forward thinking yet ecological vegetan leather shoe, clog and handbag range is made in Portugal and Finland. For Terhi, shoes are objects with a story. Helsinki-based designer Terhi Pölkki’s style sums up the brand’s coveted aesthetic of minimalist luxury with a tough edge. The different surface structures combine matt and shiny materials. The end result is collection of layered uppers with signature hand-stitched details.
Our shoes are manufactured within the European Union and the experienced factories in Portugal offer good work conditions for employees along with quality of craftsmanship.
The shoe collection is made locally in a small, family-run factory in Sao Joao da Madeira, Portugal using locally sourced components and vegetable tanned leather. Operating in a sustainable manner is an important principle for Terhi Pölkki’s brand. The collection is made within a context that respect people and the environment.
Vegetable tanned leather shoes should be left untreated. Leather will develop a patina and age beautifully over time. Clean with a horsehair brush or soft rag. If desired, use natural oil based treatment or conditioner. Vegetable nubuck and lighter colour leather can be protected with natural waterproof spray. Soft wire brush and eraser recommended for light stains and revitalising nubuck.
For Terhi, shoes are objects with a story.
TERHI PÖLKKI is a Helsinki based shoe designer.
She studied a Master degree in Cordwainers at London College of Fashion, graduating in January 2008 and while studying was awarded the Cordwainers Company Scholarship in London.
Terhi won the Taito-Finlandia 2016 award 2016 and the Accessory Designer of the Year award at ELLE Style Awards 2014.
Other honours include winning of The Young Shoe Designer of the Year 2008 in Finland and being a finalist for the prestigious #ITS7 International Talent Support competition in Italy in 2008.