Named for an Uzbek city at cultural cross roads on the historic Silk Road, Samarkand is the work of Tunisian designer Thouraya Ouhada. Ouhada founded the brand in 2016, restoring furniture and accessories before expanding into the traditional slipper of Tunisia, the babouche. Today, Samarkand works with expert craftsman to make leather-soled babouches in contemporary silk and cotton prints that support animal rights by donating a portion of every sale to veterinary care for sick and abandoned creatures.