- Dec 2019
Making Hubbard Dreams with Ewe Grant
From Sheep to Shoes, How Hubbard Dreams are Made
If you liked the video above, you’ll love this exclusive interview. At Samuel Hubbard, we believe in empowering adventures. Normally, our shoes empower the adventures of other people, wherever our customers’ journeys take them. We recently revealed our exciting new line of women’s Merino wool shoes—Hubbard Dreams. We were able to interview one of our new collaborators, Ewe Grant to get the perspective of a Merino sheep.
Interviewer: Tell me a little bit about your story. I’ve never talked to a sheep before, so anything you’re willing to share will be interesting.
Ewe Grant: People don’t understand how smart sheep are. I’m here to set the record straight. A New Zealand Merino sheep like me does have the softest, finest wool, but I also have a story. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity like this to come along for a long time.
Interviewer: How do you feel about being sheared?
Ewe Grant: Well the first time you get sheared you’re not sure how it will feel. The truth is you feel the same way after being shorn that a human would feel after shaving when they haven’t in a long time. You feel a bit naked, a bit cold, but mostly relieved. It grows back every year and I get my annual haircut in the spring when it’s not too cold outside.
Interviewer: So does someone come and cut your fur by hand?
Ewe Grant: They used to do it that way, but in recent years we’ve been having pretty efficient machines do most of the shearing. It’s a lot faster. There are always skilled shearers who keep us safe and make sure the process is running smoothly. It only takes 3-4 minutes.
Interviewer: Do you like getting your fur sheared?
Ewe Grant: Bahhhh of course! Whenever my fur is too long, it’s hard to see and gets really hot. I’ve evolved to produce wool fast because humans have been shearing Merino sheep for hundreds of years. I like the feeling of shedding my fur and it’s fun knowing that my fur is being used in such colorful shoes.
Interviewer: Do you have any stories about any wool friends of yours?
Ewe Grant: Well, I have a stubborn friend named Shrek whose coat grew so long that when they sheared it there was enough wool for 20 men’s suits!
Interviewer: That’s a lot of wool! How much wool would you say you produce every year?
Ewe Grant: Whoa, that’s a pretty personal question! So the fur from one sheep is called a fleece. My fleece is around 11 kg every year or just over 24 pounds per year. That’s a lot of pairs of Hubbard Dreams if I do say so myself.
Interviewer: What made you want to work with Samuel Hubbard on this project?
Ewe Grant: I could baaaarely control myself when the offer came! It’s a dream come true to have my wool sent to Germany for cleaning and felting. The gorgeous colors that come out are then crafted into 5 playful styles in Portugal by skilled craftsmen. This is the only way I want my wool to be used from now on. I get to be a part of making the best shoes in the world!