Founder & MD at Vivobarefoot
Seminar: 15.35 – 16.05 How Vivobarefoot raised nearly £1.4 million with less than 10% pre – committed investors
GALAHAD CLARK is a 7th generation shoemaker. As a teenager, he spent summer holidays learning the family’s trade before attending university in North Carolina as a Morehead scholar, where he studied Chinese and Anthropology.
S4SI: At university, he founded ‘Students 4 Students International’, to raise school fees for high achieving disadvantaged students in Zimbabwe and Tanzania. The students have gone on to great success in such fields as medicine and law.HIP HOP TRAILBLAZING: Galahad had a period In New York making ‘Wu Shoes’ with hip hop trailblazers Wu Tang Clan. His language degree led him to Taiwan and China where he was a management trainee for Swires.
SUSTAINABILITY: In 2003, Galahad tookover the eco shoe company Terra Plana and learnt that, “sustainable design is just good design. Products that work in the world today are efficient, durable, lightweight, appropriate, functional and beautiful. Products that allow humans and life to flourish on earth”. This led him to realise that Vivobarefoot is what he believes in above all else.
CHANGING THE WORLD: Today, Galahad continues to serve on the boards of United Nude, Worn Again, Soul of Africa and the Crossway Foundation. But since launching Vivobarefoot as a stand alone brand in 2012 his focus has been on Vivobarefoot, with the aim to inspire healthy natural movement and change the world, one pair of feet at a time. Outside of work, Galahad lives in a rurban retreat just outside London with his wife and two children.