Inch2 (stylized as I N C H 2 and pronounced as Inch two) is a shoe brand founded in 2014 by Olga and Edward Peterson, based in Riga, Latvia. Inch2 specializes in handcrafted masculine-style women's and men's footwear.

Inch2
Inch2 logo.png
The Inch2 logo
Product type
CountryLatvia
Introduced21 December 2014; 7 years ago (2014-12-21)
MarketsWorldwide
Websitewww.inch2.com
Company
TypeLimited
IndustryFashion
FoundedSeptember 2014 (2014-09)
FoundersOlga Peterson
Eduards Petersons
Headquarters,
Latvia
Number of employees
20
Footnotes / references
[1][2]

HistoryEdit

BackgroundEdit

The Inch2 founders are Olga and Edward Peterson, a Latvian couple.[3] Olga Peterson (born in Riga, Latvia) is an architect who earned her bachelor's degree in architecture from the Middlesex University in London. Olga used to write about design and fashion ideas for her fashion blog Zrivnutro, as well as for the Latvian fashion magazine Pastaiga.[4][5] Edward Peterson is an online marketing specialist.

In September 2014, the Petersons started a company named Animo Forti ltd., which has been running operations for the brand from the start.[2]

Brand creation and growthEdit

Although the brand launched in 2014, the idea of handcrafted shoes occurred much before. The Petersons, using their existing experience, decided to combine the benefits of e-commerce technology and the unusual shoe design to launch their brand. The duo began the brand with five shoe styles. Shoe production started at a small shoemaker workshop in Riga, which handcrafted a few pairs per day.[6]

In March 2015, the Inch2 founder, Olga Peterson, became a winner of Debut of the Year in Fashion nomination by the Baltic Fashion Federation, within the Riga Fashion Week event.[2][7] Due to the high demand for shoes and the necessity to improve the shoe quality, as well as to increase volume, they moved shoe production out of Latvia. Shortly, new production partners found in Portugal. With the help of the new partners, the brand began to develop several women and men’s lines, as well as handbags.[3] The same shoemakers produce for some of the most well-known luxury brands.[citation needed]

In January 2018, the brand had a collaboration with a Georgian singer Keti Topuria and her fashion brand KETIone at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. In 2018, the brand reached over one million euros in online sales during the Black Friday.[3]

In June 2019, the brand collaborated with Pauline Ducruet, the eldest daughter of Princess Stéphanie of Monaco, and her fashion brand Alter at the Men's Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2020 in Paris.[8]

Design and productsEdit

Inch2 footwear is a blend of masculine allure and feminine elegance for women who prefer the masculine style and for men who don't forget about style in detail.[9] There are three principles for which the brand stands for: style, comfort, and quality. Their shoes are classic in material and production but modern in style, with details and colors that make them unique and on-point.[10][11] The brand footwear is made of leather from Italy and Portugal.[12]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • The winner of the Debut of the Year in Fashion nomination by Riga Fashion Week (March 2015)[2][13]
  • 2× Best Digital Marketing nomination by Riga Fashion Week (March 2018 and March 2019)[14]

Dishonest commercial practices and finesEdit

  • The Consumer Rights Protection Center (CRPC) fined the Latvian company Animo Forti, which runs the www.inch2.com online store, 10 thousand euros[15] for violating the rights of more than a hundred consumers. The firm has been ordered to stop dishonest commercial practices, according to the CPPC Latvia.[16]
  • As of 2019, CRPC had received a total of 118 consumer complaints, including from consumers in other EU member states, regarding the company's commercial practices, the amount of unpaid money to consumers in the amount of approximately EUR 21,000 for unfulfilled orders and returned goods to the public in case of right of withdrawal.[17]
  • Consumer Rights Protection Centre of Latvia (further – CRPC) and European Consumer Centre of Latvia (hereinafter – ECC Latvia) have received 183 complaints during 2021 about online store www.inch2.com owned by SIA “Animo forti” (hereinafter – Trader), selling exclusive and expensive shoes those price exceed few hundred EUR. Mainly consumers complained on undelivered products, ordered and fully paid, and in case of withdrawal from the contract or using cooling-off period, the money has not been paid back within more than six months or has not been paid back at all.

The significant number (175) of complaints received are cross-border complaints, mainly from EU consumers. The highest numbers of the complaints received are from Lithuanian, Estonian and UK consumers as well as from the consumers from third countries – USA, Russia, Japan and others. Consumers mentioned common problem – the Trader does not deliver the ordered products within the set deadline nor within the additional deadline. When consumers canceling the order, the money has not been paid back within a long period of time (even half a year). The same scenario follows in case of using cooling-off period. The representatives of CRPC and ECC Latvia have contacted the trader during the compliant handling process and receiving reply that the problems are going to be solved, but the payback of the money did not follow. However, in 41 cases the positive solution has followed, the bulk part of the complaints is still pending. Considering the problems mentioned above, CRPC has taken binding decision on 7 December 2020, obliging the Trader to interrupt implementation of Unfair Commercial practice as well as fining with 10 000 EUR. The decision has been appealed, but the court has left the CRPC decision in force. The execution procedures of the CRPC decision is now in the process. In spite of enforcement process of the decision, CRPC has received the signals that Trader continues active promotion and advertising process of the online store attracting new clients, therefore CRPC warns consumers to consider all risks and problems mentioned above and avoid shopping in online store www.inch2.com.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Animo Forti, Sabiedrība ar ierobežotu atbildību". company.lursoft.lv. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "ANIMO FORTI LTD". exim.lv. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "The new shoe brand you must get to know: INCH2". notorious-mag.com. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Zrivnutro Blog". zrivnutro.com. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  5. ^ "INCH2 design & quality". inch2.com. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Cool online brend cipela koji trenutno ima i sniženje". journal.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Handcraft extinction at Riga Fashion Week". swomag.com. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Pašmāju apavu zīmols Inch2 sadarbojas ar Monako karalisko ģimeni". db.lv (in Latvian). Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Riga Fashion Week SS16 Atklāšanas diena: INCH2". sieviesuklubs.lv. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  10. ^ "INCH2 profile at FOLD". fold.lv. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  11. ^ "INCH2 at Riga Fashion Week". rfw.lv. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  12. ^ "INCH2 at Not Just a Label". notjustalabel.com. Retrieved 17 July 2019.
  13. ^ "Noskaidroti Latvijas stila un modes karaļi un karalienes". jauns.lv (in Latvian). Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Noskaidroti "Latvijas modes gada balvas 2018" ieguvēji; izcilnieku vidū arī "Pastaiga.ru" un "Honeymoon High"". jauns.lv (in Latvian). Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  15. ^ Baltic News, LATVIA (17 Dec 2020). "The online store Inch2 is fined 10,000 euros and banned from selling non-existent goods". Baltic News.
  16. ^ КУДРЯВЦЕВ, Николай (15 December 2020). "Магазин сумок и обуви inch2.com оштрафован на 10 000 за "кидки" покупателей". Новости (in Russian).
  17. ^ Bizness, DELFI (17 Dec 2020). "PTAC piemēro 10 000 eiro sodu 'inch2.com' un 'inch2.online' īpašniekam par pircēju maldināšanu un preču nepiegādāšanu". delfi.lv (in Latvian).

https://www.ptac.gov.lv/en/article/ptac-and-ecc-latvia-warns-risks-when-shopping-wwwinch2com-website

External linksEdit

https://baltics.news/2022/01/05/consumer-guards-warn-of-shopping-risks-at-inch2-com/

https://www.reddit.com/r/latvia/comments/cfqut4/how_to_report_a_fraudulent_business_to_local/


https://au.trustpilot.com/review/www.inch2.com