Designers Go Green

As the holidays approach us – I know were not even past Halloween yet, but every store I go into thinks Christmas is about two weeks away – there are many things that start to come to mind, especially gifts. In the spirit of gifts and giving, there are a lot of charities and fundraisers that are really starting to get into the swing of things around this time of year (you know, before you spend all of your money on your friends and family, now is the perfect opportunity to give donations). One major issue in all of our lives is global warming and protecting our environment. This issue is also an easy one to deal with because you don’t need to spend money to support it. Try using reusable products; the easiest of examples is the reusable grocery bag and number one should be to recycle. It is so easy to do, yet so many people disregard the challenge.

One major player in the fashion world has welcomed this challenge along with his eco-friendly partner. The go-green duo is none other than the Sex and The City shoe man, Manolo Blahnik, and eco-conscious designer, Marcia Patmos. Patmos has been striving for sustainable products, as this is what her career has essentially been based on. She told Women’s Wear Daily, “I love bringing the idea of sustainability into the luxury market — it doesn’t have to be limited to T-shirts and grocery bags.”

The green designer also told WWD, “I am always researching sustainable materials and developments. I love the idea of tilapia skin because it is a by-product of the food industry that would otherwise be discarded, but it’s actually a beautiful material perfect for small leather goods.” Even though this skin by-product sounds like found trash it is actually just as expensive as any other animal hide found in high fashion. Therefore, do not be surprised to find out that this collaborative collection will empty you bank accounts for at least $895. The other materials used include cork and raffia and they created wo different shoe style, a strappy flat and a colorful heel.

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