“…and I said I haven’t been eating chicken or meat or anything and you said yes but you’ve been wearing leather…”
Alanis Morissette singing in the late nineties (“I was hoping”), me being a student and open to develop my life in any direction depending on which influences I got listening and starting to think. If I eat organic meat, should I be wearing organic leather? Is there good leather (in the Grazzhopprz sense of the word good). Where do you buy organic leather products? Should I be wearing leather at all? What’s my purpose of wearing leather? It’s hardly survival, so do I have a point?
As with most of my thinking and intentions, I never carry them out totally, but I go in a certain direction. That means I have some, yet limited, leather in my wardrobe. Shoes. Handbags. Well, that’s about it.
But going back to one of my early questions, what’s the purpose of wearing leather? One argument is obviously the quality. Strongly linked to that one is good alternatives available. Good news: although still a niche, there are some great alternatives out there. Vegan shoes. No leather. No cows. Yet trendy. Cool.
Check it out:
Beyond Skin. A UK-based company who shares its story about how they set out looking for UK factories to produce their vegan shoes, their hurdles along the way, their persistence and how, today, their shoes are produced in Spain. It’s an interesting read, much better to read their story than to have us repeating it, click here to read it.
We’ll share this much though: “Beyond Skin was born in 2001 because it seemed impossible to be both stylish and cruelty free. There were simply no gorgeous, vegan shoes to be found anywhere!”
Well, there are now. And if you like their shoes and accessories, but still feel tempted to go for cheaper models, you’ll be happy to know that Beyond Skin is looking to launch a more affordabel line. Always good news.
You can check out the rest of their offer here, where you can also find out more about Beyond Skin.