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24 Hours with Poppy Barley's Mexico Operations Manager

7-minute read

From morning to night, Laura, our Mexico Operations Manager, details a typical day in the shoemaking business in León, Mexico.

6:00AM I wake up, drink a couple cups of coffee and wake up my youngest, Ernesto. (I would love to say that I do some yoga, or even better, run, but of course I don't. My exercise chip—that little device that people are supposed to have in their brain that asks them to exercise—is absolutely broken or even worse... missing! It hasn't worked in my whole life. I very hardly drag myself to swim twice a week, and will make any excuse to miss!) 7:00AM Ernesto starts school at 7:15, so we need to leave home at 7:00 no matter what, otherwise school will close its doors and I will have a gorgeous but unhappy teenager-helper at work all day, and that is a recipe for unhappy mother too. So, at 7:00 all our alarms ring so we can't miss the checker flag that really starts my day. We leave the other Ernesto (husband/dad) and take off to our daily journey through the city.

Laura Driving in Mexico Downtown León, Mexico Laura Driving in Mexico

7:30AM I am at the office by myself for around 40 minutes, and that is the best time ever! No one is at the factory yet, so no interruptions, no noise, no people asking questions, it is just me and my daily to-do list. Truth is, if it is written there, it will likely get done that day. If I forget to include it on the list, it most certainly will be off my brain for the rest of the day. For me, there is a short lapse of memory that works very early in the day, and after that, it is all gone. (Remember Dory from Finding Nemo? My family calls me that.)

Laura in Mexico Laura's Office

8:00ISH AM The Team (Marcela and Paulina) get to the office, and then we go through my to-do list again. We all brainstorm together, and they add all that they can think of to my to-do list, so it becomes OUR really long to-do list. We share as we're checking off items too. 9:00AM This can happen at the same factory where our office is (twice a week), or at the other factory (usually Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) where we don't have an office: As soon as we're done with the day planning and daily duties, the three of us do the packing and QC (quality check) of each and all of the PB products that we offer. Every boot, shoe, bag, is carefully reviewed and packed so they can stay pretty all the way to Edmonton and beyond. It is not a short trip, so it is super important that everything is supervised and packed really carefully. Laura doing Quality control Laura doing Quality control Laura doing Quality control Laura doing Quality control 12:00PM My whole morning flows like that, between QC supervision, production schedule, lots of emails to the Canada office, material follow up, inventories, and my to do list, it feels like these three hours have just vanished, and before I know it, my team is gone (they are both part time). Marcela has another part time job she needs to get to, so she really needs to leave at noon. Paulina is a mom of three really young kids, so she needs to leave too. So, I am by myself again, but now the factory is working, so my bigger team—leather cutters, shoe makers, sewers—are still around to cheer me up, and to ask lots of questions, and still keep up with my to-do list.

Factory in MexicoFactory in Mexico
Downtown León, Mexico

This is the time that I gather with the factory managers/owners to go over production, timelines, shipments, payments, etc. Not only in person, but also via Skype with our tannery in Guadalajara, etc. Very important: So far, I haven't had a formal breakfast... I am just snacking on parts of my lunch (my beautiful husband prepares me my lunch bag with the healthiest of all foods, tons of spinach, tea, are you familiar with nopales??? Healthy and delicious.) 2:00 P.M. Of course, by lunch time, I am starving and haven't finished with my list, but I have promised myself to leave at 2:00pm no matter what (again!) so that I can finish fixing lunch at home, so the whole family gathers to have lunch at home (lucky me, I live on the same side of the city that our factories are, so it is just a very short drive away).

Laura in Mexico

Afternoon Option A): I go see our other two factories to supervise production or QC their stuff and process. Or, I go source new materials, or see suppliers, etc. Afternoon Option B): I am back at the office for a couple hours to take care of whatever else comes up and give one last long look to my list. At this point, it is mostly finished and if anything was left behind, it will just be added to the next day's list.

Factory in MexicoFactory in Mexico

I try to flow with the day as happily as possible, but it is always easier said than done, as everyday has its own dose of unexpected and stressful issues that need to be addressed really fast, as they are usually time sensitive.

7:00 P.M. I get home to have dinner with my two Ernestos again. Our daughter Maria is away in another city studying, so we are not seeing each other during the weekdays... I talk to her and text her almost everyday during the day, at no particular time, just when either has something we want to share with the other, something that happened to her at school, anything about her boyfriend, permissions to parties, etc.

Laura Witho her family

8:30 P.M. I really am an early bird, so waking up is not hard at all, but as soon as it gets dark, I start getting really sleepy... so I just get home, prepare dinner and as soon as we are done, I am half asleep!

10:00 P.M. I maybe read a little, watch some TV, I am in bed.

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The Harley Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How To Measure:
The Harley Heeled Sandal: Take a tape measure and wrap it around your foot, right below your ankle bone as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 26 cm
5.5 26.5 cm
6 27 cm
6.5 27 cm
7 27.5 cm
7.5 27.5 cm
8 28 cm
8.5 28 cm
9 28 cm
9.5 28.5 cm
10 28.5 cm
10.5 29 cm
11 29 cm
11.5 30 cm
12 30 cm

The Esther Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How to Measure:
The Esther Heeled Sandal: take a tape measure and wrap it around your ankle, above the ankle bone, as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 23 cm
5.5 23 cm
6 23 cm
6.5 23 cm
7 24 cm
7.5 24 cm
8 24.5 cm
8.5 24.5 cm
9 24.5 cm
9.5 25 cm
10 25 cm
10.5 25.5 cm
11 26 cm
11.5 26 cm
12 26 cm

Belt Sizes

Natural Waist Measurement Typical Jean Size Belt Size for High‑rise Pant Belt Size for Mid‑rise Pant Infinite Belt Size
23-25" 23/24 26" 28" 1
25-26" 25 28" 30" 1
26-27" 26 30" 32" 1
27-28" 27 30" 32" 1
28-29" 28 32" 34" 2
29-30" 29 32" 34" 2
30-31" 30 34" 36" 2
31-32" 31 34" 36" 2
32-33" 32 36" 38" 3
33-34" 33 36" 38" 3
34-35" 34 38” 40" 3
36-37" 36 38" 40" 3
38-39" 38 40" 42" 4
40-41" 40 40" 42" 4
42-43" 42 44" 46" 4
43-44" 43 44" 46" 5
44-45" 44 46" - 5

Sizing Note: For the most accurate fit, measure around your body where you plan to wear the belt. Choose the closest belt size to that measurement.

Belt Diagram Accent Belt and Complement BeltThe Accent Belt, The Polished Belt and The Complement Belt size measurements start from the beginning of the leather to the middle hole.

Belt Diagram Infinite BeltThe Infinite Belt size measurements cover the entire length of the leather.

Belt Measuring Guide

Belt Measuring Guide

A - High-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt around your natural waistline, wrap a measuring tape around the narrowest part of your midsection. Then, add 3” to determine your high-rise belt size.

B - Mid-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt lower than your natural waistline, you will require a dierent size. If you have a particular pair of bottoms you intend to wear your belt with, wrap a measuring tape through the belt loops while in a relaxed position.

When wearing your belt in your preferred style, it should fasten in the middle hole. The belt will relax with wear allowing you to cinch it tighter, as needed.

If you plan to wear the belt in both the high and mid-rise styles, you have two options:

  1. Select your high-rise style and fasten it more loosely when worn in the mid-rise style.
  2. Select your mid-rise style and fasten it more tightly when worn in the high-rise style.