The sneaker manufacturer Nat-2 has made a vegan wooden sneaker. Already sold out, the sneaker incorporates various FSC-certified sustainable natural woods bonded to an organic cotton fabric using animal-free glues. The shoes are finished with cork insoles and made in Italy. We look forward to listing these shoes on Unicorn Goods in the near future. As of now, they are currently sold out.
Vaute opened its doors today on its first permanent flagship store. The vegan design house started by fashion model Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart is know for its winter coats and newly launched line of swimwear. You can shop Vaute here.
Shrimps fur-free collection at London Fashion Week February 14-23, 2016.
Amazingly, an overwhelming majority of designers at London Fashion Week went fur free this season. PETA polled every designer involved in London Fashion Week and found that 86% of them didn't use fur in their autumn/winter collections. As Huffington Post points out, with cruelty-free options as cute as these, who needs real fur.
We beyond love this pineapple craze that's sweeping the nation right now. The emerging material has been featured in Huffington Post, The Guardian, and Fast Company. We can't wait until we can list items made with Piñatex so that you can #ShopPineapple. We expect great things from this company and it's founder. Until then, here are some sweet pictures of prototypes:
Piñatex is a new textile which is made with pineapple leaf fibers. Puma has made prototypes. Camper has done the same.
My name is Carmen Hijosa. I'm the founder and CEO of Ananas Anam, the company behind the project Piñatex.
Piñatex started as an alternative to leather, because that's my background. I realized that leather is and was at the time not such as sustainable product. I thought 'I need to do something about this.' That's when I started to look into the fibers.
I realized that pineapple fiber is so fine that it could be made into a mesh. This mesh goes through mechanical and and chemical processes to make it into a very strong product that can be used in bags, shoes, and furniture.
The purpose of Piñatex is to fill a niche in the market that is becoming more and more obvious between leather and petroleum-based textiles.
My purpose was to make something that was an alternative to leather. However, the textile has evolved and it has become a material in itself.
Design is not just about a product, but it's about a responsibility. We've got to think about the consequences of our thinking and our doing.