Walking on the eco side

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    With the local fashion industry being among the hardest hit industries by the COVID-19 pandemic, most brands have shifted their goals to continue to weather these tough times.

    Annie and Lori, a Vogue-approved homegrown shoe brand, continues to walk forward with the launch of the limited edition Sako collection, the brand’s most sustainable line of footwear to date.

    The Sako collection reflects the rich cultural heritage and agricultural resources of the Philippines. Carefully and skillfully handcrafted by Filipino footwear artisans using jute as its main material, it is not only sustainable and eco-friendly but also durable and stylish.

    The collection features two variations of stylish loafers – one is a combination of white jute and red leather accent and the other combines natural-colored jute with yellow-beige leather accent. Also part of the collection is a two-and-a-half-inch Sako platform available in bone and white, and a Sako pump, available in white with an intricate design inspired by the Philippine flag.

    “The past months have been a struggle for us but we want to keep marching on and to continue supporting Filipino artisans,” said Faith Mijares, head designer of Annie & Lori. “We have been working with them for the past years and we don’t want to let this pandemic to stop them from practicing their craft and producing beautiful creations that our country can be proud of.”

    This collection is the latest addition to Annie & Lori’s growing list of sustainable products. Last year, the brand introduced a vegetable-tanned leather collection, where cowhide is turned into leather using natural materials sans the harmful chemicals.