Ethical Fashion Guardian Terra Plana 2007
"by Hadley Freeman
now you're talking. Here's a shoe that actually looks like a shoe, as opposed to a self-righteously confrontational lifestyle statement. It is, perhaps not coincidentally, made from real leather but "chrome free" which is apparently A Good Thing, chrome being a potential carcinogen and all. A little more worryingly, its sole is made of something called "recycled foam" which I'm betting ain't much cop in the rain. None the less, it is stylish, it is smart and I would have believed you if you had told me you bought it from Marni."
Guardian Terra Plana 2007
"Shoes have overtaken bags as "it" accessories this autumn. And shoe-boots, or "shoots" to give them their proper fashion moniker, are this season's "it" titleholder. To qualify as a shoe-boot they must end well below ankle-sock level. The top of the shoe-boot should be higher at the back than the front and it should trace a line under the anklebone, to flattering effect. The heel should be as high as you can manage, because these shoes mean business. Why would the costume department decide that Carrie Bradshaw should wear shoe-boots in the Sex and the City film if they weren't undisputedly the shoe of the moment? Whether they will look dated by the time the film is released is debatable, but now is the right time to buy a pair. Those who think the shoe-boot is too faddish for them should consider this: under trousers, the shoe-boot gives all the benefits of a heeled knee boot but with none of the drawbacks. You'll be taller, but with no awkward bulge in the shin area."
Terra Plana 2008
"Recycling might be a modern buzzword, but in fact the art of new-for-old has been practised for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians were right at the forefront, raiding their administrative offices for waste papyrus to turn into mummy wrappings!
Such civilisations were certainly more eco friendly than we are now in the UK. Our post-war love affair with material goods quickly became an obsession, and today we tend to throw away most of what we don't need, with the waste ending up either incinerated or in landfill sites."
Terra Plana 2007
"Clothes and accessories at London Fashion Week may be 'green', but are they fashionable? CNN's Alphonso Van Marsh reports."
Terra Plana lead the way in dealing with leather ethically – using recycled cast-offs, non-chemical dyes and making their soles from old bicycle tyres. Their autumn/winter collection is particularly strong, including some gorgeous grey suede boots with a detachable strap. Accessories with their very own accessories …
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Terra Plana 2007
"Gone are the days when ethical fashion was all itchy tie-dye sacks – these days 'social responsibility' doesn't mean 'sans style'. Green is indeed the new black, says Tamsin Blanchard."