From hemp hats and halter tops to recycled rubber walking shoes and sandals, green fashion is everywhere… but I can’t find anything for men.
White Apricot lists the top 10 vegan shoes, which look fine for a classy gal. I’m a guy, though, and unless if I want to buy a hemp heel, what’s in it for me?
C’mon, guys, you know what I’m saying?
Everyone’s talking about Princess Amidala, better known as Natalie Portman, who recently teamed up with eco-friendly footwear firm Té Casan (Gaelic for “a woman’s path”) and is touting the boutique brand everywhere including a recent green episode of Project Runway.
In response to that Project Runway episode (which I missed), everyone from The Modern Gal to CROW Clothing owner damali ayo lament on the lack of imagination and innovation among sustainable designers, thanking the Bravo-TV producers for bringing eco fashion to the limelight but urging additional episodes.
ayo (she doesn’t like her name capitalized) elaborates:
I’d love to help them do a “scrapology challenge” where they are required to make a new garment out of all the scraps that they didn’t use from the previous several challenges. It would be a great way to show that re-using and conserving are as much a part of eco fashion as are hemp, soy and bamboo.
Maybe I’m on a lost cause. Maybe it’s better to support innovative green fashion designs than gallop on a gender gap.
I must give credit, though, to footwear firms like Timberland for manufacturing shoes and sandals built out of recycled rubber. I own one of their sneaker brands, for instance: an ugly brown pair of sneaks but they do the job and looks well with my denim and brown belt.
I’d like to see more, though. Any ideas?