Originally I was going to write this post to support Natalie Portman’s vegan shoe line, which dropped sometime in January 2008. When I looked into where they were being sold, I found out that the only store that had the ins – Te Casan (in New York) – closed up shop later that year. Bummer. (UPDATE: a few of her shoes – on clearance ! – can still be found here. My Bad!). No news about a new line or any future plan of action.
Here is what Natalie had to say about her shoes: “It is a decision I made because of my love for animals, but it is also much better for the environment. It is very difficult to find non-leather shoes that are beautiful and comfortable. The Te Casan design team helped me sketch my ideas, from which I chose materials and colors. I love them all!”
Also, all of the proceeds (were there any?) were donated to the Nature Conservancy, a non-profit that works to protect ecologically sensitive bodies of land and water. It’s really a shame the store shut down so soon after the launch.
Despite the fact that I am a guy, and know nothing about fashion or couture or whatever, I am really happy that high profile people like Natalie Portman are taking their compassion for animals and making things happen. I have heard that others like Stella McCartney have designed cruelty free shoes as well. Even though some of us can’t afford it, you have to admit that sometimes it takes trendsetters to turn heads in the fashion world, and this buzz can generate awareness and influence buying habits of the general public.
This post is also very relevant because recently Natalie Portman turned vegan! I would highly recommend everyone read her essay in the Huffington Post about how Jonathan Safran Foer’s new book, Eating Animals, helped her move from vegetarian to vegan activist. You go girl.