Conscious Couture

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Namaste,

In my last post, I had promised that the purpose of this blog was not only to create a stream of conscious thought but also to encourage the lifestyle that is congruent with this new way of thinking.

Enter,

Fashion!

I will admit it, there is a misconception (which I once fell prey to myself) that an ethical lifestyle meets a very specific aesthetic. Without making any presumptions of what this aesthetic may be perceived as in various minds, I am pretty confident that the high heel wearing, makeup manic, eyebrow shaping, flamboyage fanatic, glamorous mademoiselle doesn’t make an appearance.

In the world of the media and the subsequent extreme consciousness which it manifests, we are constantly inundated with images of the aesthetic of the ‘ideal’ style icon.

Does she endorse this ethical lifestyle?

Maybe, maybe not, but who is to say that she couldn’t?

MARKETING.

This is the main offender which stands in the way.

Chanel, Dolce and Gabanna, Burberry, Saint Laurent and so on, are undoubtedly the spawn of haut couture and with that, sell the perception of aristocracy and haut monde. But, not only do the items these fashion houses produce come at an exorbitant monetary price, they also pose a great ethical expense on our conscience.

After research for many years on how to fit into this world without the ethical expense, I would like to chat about Pinatex- Vegan leather.

Admittedly, I often find myself swooning over the couture leather handbags and shoes in department stores and high fashion magazine spreads but I have found an alternative which satiates the swoon.

Pinatex is an innovative, natural and sustainable non-woven textile. Except, rather than the tears behind the textile, it is pineapples! This textile is made from the fibre of pineapple leaves. (Annas-Anam.com)

If you like pina coladas…

Not only am I about to blow your mind by these deliciously guilt free fashion choices, I am going to show you that they can be the perfect alternative to items which constantly bombard our ” I need that to be chic” receptors.

 

The TOTE

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Celine Tote

Price:$2673

Textile: Calf Skin and Lamb Skin

 

Your alternative: 

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Alexandra K 1.5 Blackberry

Price:$344

Textile: Pineapple!

 

The BACKPACK

 

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Mulberry Backpack

Price: $1,295

Material: Cow Leather

 

Your alternative:

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Maniwala Banwa Pinatex Backpack

Price: $450

Material: Pineapple!

 

The CLUTCH

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Pierre Balmain Studded Clutch (Vintage)

Price: $575

Material: Cow Leather

 

Your Alternative

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Taikka Ananas + Clutch

Price: $95

Material: Pineapple!

 

The CHUNKY HEEL

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Raye

Price: $197

Material: Suede Upper with Leather Sole

 

Your Alternative

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Nae Vegan Clau Sandals

Price: $113

Material: Pineapple!

 

The CHELSEA BOOT

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Saint Laurent

Price: $995

Material: 100% cow leather

 

Your Alternative

Meet LAHAY:

 

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Material: Pineapple and Waste

 

Unfortunately, Lahay’s beautiful products are yet to be available on the market.

But with our help, we can change that!

Check out this video to see what LAHAY is all about:

 

If you like what you see, have a look at their Kickstarter page and lets get these boots kicking on our feet!

LAHAY Kickstarter

I hope that this post has been helpful in offering some high fashion and ethical alternatives to those highly converted fashion items which tend to sneak into our consciousness more often than we’d hope!

 

Just a pineapple for your thoughts….

 

Shari

 

 

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