THE fashion industry here and abroad is on a relatively new chapter at the moment with businesses, both the on-the-rise and the established ones, developing environmentally friendly and sustainable products.
In Manila’s footwear scene, Annie & Lori, a favorite shoe brand of Manila’s most stylish women, has joined this fashion movement with the release of its chic and eco-friendly Vegetable-Tanned Leather collection.
“We wanted to use the platform that Annie & Lori has built through the years to promote sustainable fashion and to do our share in reducing our impact on the environment,” says Faith Mijares, founder and head designer of Annie & Lori.
Vegetable tanning refers to the process of turning cowhide into leather using natural materials and without the harmful chemicals typically used in this process. The products of vegetable tanning are biodegradable and are proven to be highly durable. With proper care, they can last a lifetime.
Annie & Lori’s Vegetable-Tanned Leather collection features four stylish easy-wear, slip-on sandals with extra sole cushion for added comfort and a black in-sole for easy maintenance. The Esther, Naomi, Phoebe, and Atarah are all available in both natural and maroon colors.
The natural-colored sandals are available at Annie & Lori’s pop-up stores in Alabang Town Center and Eastwood Mall, and in Retail Lab Powerplant in Makati and on www.annielori.com, while the maroon-colored sandals will be exclusively offered by Common Thread in Greenbelt and Powerplant Mall starting October.