Friday, July 25, 2008

Animal-Friendly Alternatives Update: Te Casan S/S + Botkier- Target

So I keep putting this off for some reason, but finally I'm staying up so I can make a quickie post about some updates on animal-friendly labels [aka not real cow skin etc].

Before, I had talked about Natalie Portman's very refined-looking vegan shoe line for Te Casan. However that was her F/W collection. Now that I'm sure probably 50% of you are religious Project Runway watchers, there might be some interest in seeing her Spring Summer collection... some styles are on sale, but keep in mind these are considerably pricey: $100 range. just like the cost of any other well-crafted shoe.

So if you're well, in the zone for a new pair of shoes (and who isn't), maybe this is a good time to try out Natalie's collection... To be honest, when most people gripe about non-leather shoes, half of them probably haven't tried them, and the other half probably have only tried cheaply made ones. And what else do you expect? If it's cheaply made of course it's not going to feel good. If some unknowing stranger slipped these Te Casan beauties, I bet they couldn't even tell it's *shh* not leather. To see what the big deal is about leather, see this past post. Go ahead, click it. don't be scared..

Te Casan actually recently updated their site, so now you get really good close-ups of the shoes. And I have to say that I am really really impressed. Not only do they look like real skins-- although it personally wouldn't matter to me whether it would-- but the workmanship really really looks divine.

The second item of note is considerably more affordable, yet by a famous famous handbag designer: Botkier for Target. I myself haven't been to Target since it came out a week or so ago, but they don't look bad from the photos.

Some of them aren't quite to my taste, but some of them actually look like a decent piece of work and actually...pretty attractive. I think most of the time, when people just think "target" design collab they think it's so so much worse that what the main line actually is. But I think Botkier's Target line is pretty true to the Botkier sort of image and design aesthetic, and with the quality of Rogan's Target line, I think these cheaper designer collabs have quality that really is improving [at least from Erin Fetherston's Target collection... worst quality ever].

Come on, face it...if I had just said Botkier, and not Target, you know you would covet half these bags. And if you found on sale for the Target prices, you wouldn't take a moment to pull out the bills. The psychological shopping mind is very intriguing sometimes...

For some reason, I'm really taken to the first raspberry colored one, and almost all the shiny shiny metallic ones. And somehow the metallic bags don't look cheap. Which is quite a feat in itself. Especially that round duffel-shaped one... it looks very very scrumptious...

Update: Actually I dropped by my Target this morning. The bags were as I expected-- they all looked pretty good, but especially the ones I mentioned beforehand (esp. the raspberry one). However, the "croc-print" bags, though they look good a foot away, if you touch them, they obviously don't feel like leather-- if that's what you're going for. Also, the duffel one is a pinker in real life than in the photo. And I loved the look of the small crackled gold wristlet. Quite tasteful!

all photos: property of Target

...this is when I wish my summer internship was paid.


Blogger Dana (pron. like Donna) said...

awww... I wish you were getting paid too.
I actually only think the scrunchy metallic ones (that sorta look like the Jimmy Choo Ramona) look of good quality...all the rest scream manmade leather to me...

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm going to check out natalie portman's te casan shoes and the botkier for target! thanks for the heads up! =)

1:56 AM  
Blogger sydneydoll said...

i need a new bag.

7:46 AM  
Blogger lucy said...

i just read your original post on the treatment of cows and the tannery process! loved it! so informative.

8:30 AM  
Blogger Fashion Ivy said...

I'll go give Natalie's shoes a look. Those bags look great

4:12 PM  
Blogger Times of Glory said...

I have to check out Natalie's shoes! Animal friendly is getting more and more important :)

7:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i actually do not find the mettallic bags that attractive nor the black bag and the white bag with the silver detailing.

but the pale pink ballet flat shoe is very cute!

7:54 AM  
Blogger Carolina Lange said...

Very interesting!

12:56 PM  
Blogger Miss Victory said...

I don't buy leather unless it's from a charity shop or second hand store, and even then I'd rather not unless it's something I really like. (I'm comfortable with the idea that recycling what's already been made from a sentient being is ok as the money is going to a good cause and it minimalises waste.) I am a very strict vegetarian and I really admire people in the high media spotlight like Natalie being bold enough to get people thinking in this way.

I really admire your ethics and the fact that you utilise your blog to that end. I've been meaning to do the same since I started mine not long ago. Get some cruelty free fashion links on there or something..

11:34 AM  
Blogger Anne @ said...

thank you for the heads up! i'm definitely gon check out my target now for those shoesies!

10:20 PM  
Blogger kristin said...

I recently bought some shoes (on sale) at Te Casan and despite the amazing detail shots online the quality was not-so-hot in person.

The sales guy had to bring me three different pairs of the same exact shoe before we found a pair that was NOT made poorly. With the first two pairs where the satin met the sole there were all these globs of glue. Totally not cool for shoes that were originally selling for more than $300.

But I have to say, the designs are really really beautiful.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Diana Coronado said...

I love them, i really love them

1:47 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

I just came across your blog and think it's so lovely. If you get a chance check out
I'd love to exchange links,

11:35 AM  

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