Sabah

Comfortable, travel-ready, and stylish shoes made by master craftsmen in Turkey

Company overview

Date Established:
2013
Description:
Comfortable, travel-ready, and stylish shoes made by master craftsmen in Turkey
Founder:
Founders:
Mickey Ashmore
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Headquarters:
New York, NY, USA
Industry:
Fashion
Home Goods
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Sabahs are sturdy unisex slippers with replaceable rubber soles. Every pair of Sabahs is handmade of high quality leather by shoemakers in the Sabah workshop in an ancient bazaar in the southeast of Turkey. These craftsmen are trained in a disappearing skill of hand-stitched shoe construction, unique to Sabah and a few remaining families, which have cultivated their craft over generations. Inside a pair of Sabahs, you will the find initials of the craftsman and stitcher responsible for that pair. Sabahs are created from hand-selected and specially tanned leathers that age gracefully, only getting better looking and more comfortable with time. 

 

Sabah House Locations:

Sabah Studio NYC: 49 Bleecker St Unit #400 - 4th floor.

Open: Closed: Sun -Tues. Open: Weds - Sat, 11AM to 6PM.

 

Sabah House Amagansett: 137 Main Street Amagansett, NY 

Closed: Tues+Weds. Open: Thurs — Mon, 11am - 5pm

Sabah San Francisco: 663 Haight St San Francisco, CA

Closed: Mon + Tues. Open: Weds - Sat, 11am - 7pm Sun, 11am - 6pm

 

Sabah London: 50 Chiltern St Marylebone London, UK

Closed: Sun + Mon. Open: Tues - Sat, 11am to 5pm

 

founding story

Mickey Ashmore founded Sabah in June 2013. He had just moved back to New York City from Istanbul, where he had been living as an expat working for Microsoft since 2010. While there, he was gifted a pair of curly-toed, traditional Turkish slippers by a friend. He wore them every day. When he moved back to New York City in late 2012, they began to fall apart on him. He contacted this friend and through her family was put in touch with the maker, Orhan— who’s family had been making this style of shoe since the late 1800s.

Mickey suggested Orhan make him a new pair — but without the curly toe and patterns across the top. Mickey also sent Orhan a really high quality piece of black leather and asked him to add a rubber sole to the bottom.

Mickey loved his new shoes. He made more for himself and gifted a few to friends. One day he asked Orhan to make 200 pairs in a variety of colors and sizes. And to stamp the word “Sabah” on the inner sole. The word “Sabah” means “morning” in Turkish. Mickey then did the things he does best. He opened his home in the East Village to friends and strangers— this was the first Sabah House! He hosted a party. He made drinks, he fitted people for Sabahs, and he sold a lot.

The origin story of Sabah is at the core of Mickey’s business. He still makes every single pair with Orhan and his family. Every pair is made entirely by hand, from A to Z, using high quality, locally sourced leathers. And Sabah still sells every pair direct to our customers, one pair at a time, and mostly in-person from one of their Sabah Houses, on the road at their non-stop traveling events, and, now, via an online website called the Sabah Portal.

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Mickey Ashmore
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Products

Blue Sabah
Sabahs are slip-ons made with premium leather sourced from Turkey. The rubber soles are replaceable, and the naturally tanned water buffalo leather insoles mold to your feet over time for the perfect fit.

Blue Sabah

$
195.00
Description:
Sabahs are slip-ons made with premium leather sourced from Turkey. The rubber soles are replaceable, and the naturally tanned water buffalo leather insoles mold to your feet over time for the perfect fit.
Details:
This is Sabah's signature color, Sabah Blue - a rich, electric, vibrant cobalt blue. A leather Sabah developed together with their favorite family-run Turkish tannery is robust with a natural sheen and a soft, transparent surface able to burnish as it ages and holds up well through many miles of gathered adventures. A versatile color which goes well with blacks, blues and browns and especially white. Sabah Blue can be worn sophisticated or casual adding a rich regal tone to any outfit.
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Fort Worth Sabah
Sabahs are slip-ons made with premium leather sourced from Turkey. The rubber soles are replaceable, and the naturally tanned water buffalo leather insoles mold to your feet over time for the perfect fit.

Fort Worth Sabah

$
195.00
Description:
Sabahs are slip-ons made with premium leather sourced from Turkey. The rubber soles are replaceable, and the naturally tanned water buffalo leather insoles mold to your feet over time for the perfect fit.
Details:
Fort Worth Brown is the most popular Sabah for good reason -- a medium brown leather, produced in Istanbul. Dressed up, dressed down - the tone and distressed look surely go with just about everything in your wardrobe. Finally, it’s a thick, natural leather and gains a beautiful patina with time. The Fort Worth Brown Sabah can be easily refurbished & restored with a natural cream & conditioner too... Enjoy!
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Denali Green Sabah
Sabahs are slip-ons made with premium leather sourced from Turkey. The rubber soles are replaceable, and the naturally tanned water buffalo leather insoles mold to your feet over time for the perfect fit.

Denali Green Sabah

$
195.00
Description:
Sabahs are slip-ons made with premium leather sourced from Turkey. The rubber soles are replaceable, and the naturally tanned water buffalo leather insoles mold to your feet over time for the perfect fit.
Details:
For late summer into Fall - Sabah is reissuing an all-time favorite Sabah, the Denali Green. The color inspired by the elusive to pinpoint "British Racing Green" - a color the Sabah Dealer has grown fond of on many a Land Rover. The leather -- a collaboration with Sabah's favorite tannery in Istanbul. It has depth and transparency, a light shine and a lot of character that promises to age beautifully and gather a rich patina with every step. And the color -- it's beautiful and versatile and always a winner! Enjoy!
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Sabah Baba Leopard
Babas are the Sabah take on a slide. Made with Turkish premium leather and soled with an ultra-thick piece of water buffalo.

Sabah Baba Leopard

$
190.00
Description:
Babas are the Sabah take on a slide. Made with Turkish premium leather and soled with an ultra-thick piece of water buffalo.
Details:
Hair-On Cow Leather, Printed Leopard Pattern.
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LAR x Sabah Bandana
A one-of-a-kind collaboration between LAR Studio & Sabah, inspired by travel and the awe of discovery in an exotic place. To be worn as a bandana, neck scarf, head wrap and more. Istanbul-based print brand LAR was established in 2017 to welcome you to a world of play and give you symbols and stories that find their place in your everyday life. Dimensions: 55 cm x 55 cm | 100% Cotton, ethically sourced. Produced in Bursa, Turkey. Istanbul-based print brand LAR was established in 2017 to welcome you to a world of play and give you symbols and stories that find their place in your everyday life.

LAR x Sabah Bandana

$
75.00
Description:
A one-of-a-kind collaboration between LAR Studio & Sabah, inspired by travel and the awe of discovery in an exotic place. To be worn as a bandana, neck scarf, head wrap and more. Istanbul-based print brand LAR was established in 2017 to welcome you to a world of play and give you symbols and stories that find their place in your everyday life. Dimensions: 55 cm x 55 cm | 100% Cotton, ethically sourced. Produced in Bursa, Turkey. Istanbul-based print brand LAR was established in 2017 to welcome you to a world of play and give you symbols and stories that find their place in your everyday life.
Details:
Dimensions: 55 cm x 55 cm | 100% Cotton, ethically sourced. Produced in Bursa, Turkey.
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Traveler Backgammon Board in Condesa Pink
Sabah Traveler Backgammon Board is now available in Condesa Pink. Made in Istanbul entirely of high quality Sabah leathers, this backgammon board promises to age beautifully and last a lifetime. This board was designed for travel -- it rolls up easily (and beautifully) for transport and then quickly unrolls for play along the way.

Traveler Backgammon Board in Condesa Pink

$
190.00
Description:
Sabah Traveler Backgammon Board is now available in Condesa Pink. Made in Istanbul entirely of high quality Sabah leathers, this backgammon board promises to age beautifully and last a lifetime. This board was designed for travel -- it rolls up easily (and beautifully) for transport and then quickly unrolls for play along the way.
Details:
The Sabah Traveler Backgammon Board comes with all pieces, two sets of dice and a doubling cube; ready to play! The board measures 15.5" x 11" unrolled.
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The New York Times Style Magazine
A Former Hedge-Funder Finds His Passion Selling Handmade Turkish Shoes
At Mickey Ashmore's Sabah Sundays events, customers can try on and buy traditional Turkish slippers
Domino
The House That Sabah Built
Welcome to Sabah, a market bazaar–meets–salon that feels like home.

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