DOWN WITH CHEAP FAST FASHION!
So in response to my last post on more ethical shopping, I really want to talk about Bourgeois Boheme– an independent and UK based Vegan Society approved luxury footwear company.
Design alone, has certainly not been neglected with BB. Their shoes are so timeless and stylish- meaning they’re not some ‘throw away’ wasteful product that you want or will dislike in six months time. So much thought and care has been put into the brand, materials and design. So, why do I want to support BB? They’re not afraid to use the ‘V’ word, they’re not afraid to say how damaging the leather industry is for animals, the planet, health and the lives of people. Additionally, other faux leather shoes on the market are made from PVC which is unfortunately an un-biodegradable plastic. BB use Italian cotton backed microfibre PU called Mycro© in their uppers. They also use paper, cork, recycled rubber and C02 emission free plant-based polymers (including grains and seeds from food-free crops) in other parts of the shoes. They are even releasing a collection using Piñatex™ (pineapple leaves fibres) in 2017.
Another thing I really like about this company is how they regularly use the term ‘slow fashion.’ They too understand the importance of how damaging fast fashion can be for the environment and so want to create footwear that will last for years. They have a whole section on shoe care and encourage people to find a good cobbler when the heels start to get a bit too worn rather than promoting people to buy a new pair. A company that holds its ethical values, is one I definitely want to support, even if it means paying that little bit extra.
I was fortunate to purchase myself a pair of the Portia Boots.
I’ve always loved boots- I love how you can wear them throughout the year and the right style seem to go with dresses, skirts, trousers and sometimes even shorts! They’re super versatile, which is another reason why I wanted to get a pair of long lasting smarter boots (I have more casual Vegetarian Shoes Boots)!
(Also featured- Matt and Nat Brave backpack in Carbon)