Established in 1989, Topaz of Norway is a family-run business founded by one of the last shoe technicians in Norway, Knut Reigstad. He named the factory after the precious stone Topaz and focused the production around traditional sealskin slippers and shoes. In 2005, Reigstad retired, transferring ownership to his four children, who still run it today. Though the technology and production have changed and improved over time, the design of the products is still based on tradition, according to managing director Helge Reigstad. “A Topaz should always look like a Topaz,” he says, “We never try to copy other brands when making a shoe; you should always be able to tell that it’s a Topaz.”