07/02/2012

Stella McCartney Talks About Leather

As you may know, one of my inspirations is Stella McCartney. She's my modern-day heroine because she's not afraid to stand up for what she believes in, even when faced with the endless prejudice and superficiality of the fashion industry. Since the launch of her fantastic brand, Stella's managed to do the impossible: bring cruelty-free thinking into the haute salons of Fashion Week by never using fur or leather in her collections. Despite her firm decision to shun cruel materials, Stella has continued to rise to the top of the fashion game: her super-coveted collections are adored by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Liv Tyler, and oh yeah, Madonna's a close personal friend of hers. And, well, we all dream of a Falabella bag, don't we?


In this video produced by the fabulous cruelty-free warriors at PETA, Stella talks about the cruelty of the leather industry. I love her passion and enthusiasm.


WARNING: THIS VIDEO CONTAINS GRAPHIC CONTENT AND IS NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED.







I'm not here to tell you guys what to do, but I just wanted to let you know that there ARE options if you want to avoid contributing to animal cruelty while looking stylish. If you read Coffee and Heels, then you know that the days when vegetarian fashion meant shapeless hemp dresses, Birkenstocks and dreary handbags are over! These days, compassionate fashionistas have a wide range of alternatives to choose from. And if you argue that the quality of leather is superior, well, in some cases you're right! But I dare you to buy a Stella bag and see how long it lasts. And even if your budget, like mine, isn't quite Falabella-ready, I've got a few H&M bags at home that have lasted me ages. One of them I bought for ONE EURO in the sale. Sure, they require some upkeep, but I find it's worth it to save animals' lives.


Some awesome brands that offer kick-ass cruelty-free styles:




and of course the one & only Stella McCartney!

15 comments:

  1. Ho un po' di difficoltà a leggere il tuo blog in inglese, ma mi metto alla prova! Appena ho letto "COMPASSION IS CHIC - AN ECO-FASHIONISTA WITH A PASSION FOR LIVING STYLISHLY, CRUELTY-FREE" proprio sotto il nome del tuo blog, me ne sono innamorata. Sono passata ai prodotti eco-bio da poco e ancora ho molto da imparare. Ma sei davvero una fonte di informazioni per conoscere gli stilisti (lontani comunque dalla mia portata) che si battono per questo tipo di argomenti.
    Ti seguo :)

    http://almenounmilionediscale.blogspot.com/

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  2. 700 euros for a PVC bag? And are we really sure that PVC is eco-friendly?

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  3. Mel: I can't speak for PVC as a material, depends on how it's made, but as far as I know all of Stella's bags are made with eco-friendly procedures. That is one of many, many reasons why they cost 700 euro.

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  4. Alessandra: grazie! Anche io sono passata (completamente) da poco e sto ancora imparando, infatti questo blog è una sorta di "diario del viaggio"!

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  5. I'm really still on the fence about animal cruelty and fashion. I guess I don't really have a position, it's not something I'm active about. I guess I just like what I like. I don't really wear fur... if I was going to, I'd probably buy faux, but I do have a leather jacket that I've had for years and I just love it.

    I also wanted to mention your post below, about mean bloggers. Though my own blog is not that old, I've been a part of the blogosphere since 2007, and back then everyone was so much more friendly! And so much less competitive, as well. I put so much time and effort into my own blog, it's practically a full time job for me. While I haven't had any comments that are "rude" or "insulting", I do get mildly insulted by comments that are like, "Nice! Oh, please come check out my giveaway, and don't forget to follow!" and then a link to their blog.

    It's really great that you post about these (back to the animal cruelty). While I don't take a strong position either way, I know that there are a lot of people that do. I always admire people that aren't afraid to publicly voice there opinions and stay true to them. You go girl.

    Love & Cake,
    Amber

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  6. Sitter (som vanligt) och storgråter. Det är så brutalt och äckligt och sjukt hur man behandlar djur, men det som är ännu sjukare är att det är väldigt få som vet om detta. TACK för att du delar sånt, skriver om det och inspirerar andra! Är så stolt över dig!!! Keep up the good work sister, you are gonna save the world!

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  7. Amber: thank you! I absolutely agree about the "Nice! Check out my blog!" comments! I think the worst are those that say, "what about you follow me and I follow you?"...and then they didn't even follow me, so it's clear they just want someone, anyone, to follow them.

    Hey, we all have our own battles - mine is cruelty-free, yours might be something else. You're already doing animals a huge favor by choosing faux fur!

    Sofie: usch jag ville inte att du skulle gråta gumman, jag gråter ju floder varje dag pga sånt här! Men det finns starka personer out there som har makten att kämpa och ändra på saker, som Stella, och jag vill bara att folk ska veta vad som pågår, och att det finns andra alternativ!

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  8. ahhh marche che terrò a mente!

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  9. ah bhè... Stella è anche la mia di eroine (infatti mi ha dato anche ispirazione per il nome del nuovo blog, che tra l'altro langue... vabbè!)

    anche prima di diventare vegetariana l'ho sempre apprezzata ed era già una delle mie preferite! ora è anche l'unica che mi permette ancora il lusso di concedermi una scarpa o una borsa firmata. infatti sto giusto aspettando un paio di cuissardes sue dagli USA!

    quello che mi sono sempre chiesta è: se lei fa cose in finta pelle e cmq molti capi sono sold-out, allora perchè anche gli altri stilisti non comiciano a fare lo stesso? insomma.. non bisogna dimenticare che la pella non fa male solo agli animali, ma anche ai poveracci che sono costretti a conciarla in condizioni di lavoro oscene... per non parlare poi dell'inquinamento.

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  10. PS: fighe le borse matt&nat!

    anche Fiorelli ha borse totally vegan (stupende secondo me!), gli ho scritto per avere conferma. Tra i protafogli invece qualcuno di pelle ci può essere e infatti mi hanno detto di contattarli prima per avere dettagli nel caso decidessi di acquistarne uno!

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  11. Punkie: vero! Mia sorella ha una borsa di Fiorelli che è stupenda!

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  13. Dear Sascha,

    Thank you so much for this post, this blog, everything! It's really wonderful to find someone else out there as passionate about animal welfare as myself.-I am 13 years old and became vegetarian for a year before moving onto becoming a vegan almost 3 weeks ago. I follow Animals Australia, the RSCPA and PETA and do my part for the animals by signing petitions, collecting donations, attending rallies, handing out flyers,raising awareness on a day-to-day basis, providing safe, happy and supportive homes for animals, fostering animals, paticipating yearly in the RSPCA Million Paws Walk, refusing to wear leather, suede, fur, calf hair, etc and of course maintaining a happy, healthy vegan diet and lifestyle.
    I have always loved animals from the day I was born and we've always had them living in the house. We're currently sharing a home with 3 cats, 1 dog, 6 fish and 1 guinea pig. Last year, we fostered 4 kittens(rescued by our local vet), two of which we kept.
    There are people that criticise what I am doing and question whether I actually know "what I am getting into" because of my young age but I just learn to ignore them and get on with doing what I love without a worry. My friends cannot believe I have decided to go vegan and comment alot on how they could never live without meat, dairy, eggs, etc because, plainly, "it's yummy"-well, tough, I say. Food's food. I have my opinions and you have your opinions. I'm sure they could survive without meat and animal products-I do and I'm fine and there are plenty of starving children in Africa who wouldn't give a fuss at all if they didn't get any meat or animal products(both of which are extremely harming to our bodies, our Earth and the animals) just as long as they got SOMETHING to eat. I will never understand the point of leather, yes, I understand it "lasts longer'" and "is better quality" but who cares about that really? I'm sure that if all the people that wear leather put into perspective in their mind the processes that are undertaken and are endured by harmless animals they would neaver wear leather again. I'm sure there are many women that love the look of a highly expensive and "glamourous" pair of calf hair heels and never give it a second thought that they are mindlessly supporting an adorable, harmless, sweet little calf's death-and just for a pair of SHOES.

    While I myself love high end fashion labels and can find some faux alternatives(very, very few in terms of shoes and bags) I usually have to look elsewhere to find just as chic designs as the much more expensive, leather ones-I usually shop at Betts. One thing that disappoints me is that my favourite model of all time and a wonderful role model of mine, Miranda Kerr wears leather on a daily basis-not once have I seen a picture of her out and about not wearing at least one piece of leather or suede(I include bags when I say this) and that really disappoints me as she speaks so much about nutrition and providing your body with the nutrients it needs although vegetarian and vegan diets are the healthiest options if you want to live a longer, healthier and cruelty-free life.

    Once again thank you so much and as of today, I will be regularly checking your blog for any vegan style and health tips I shall need. You are an incredible person!

    Love,
    Emily

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  14. Dear Sascha,

    Thank you so much for this post, this blog, everything! It's really wonderful to find someone else out there as passionate about animal welfare as myself.-I am 13 years old and became vegetarian for a year before moving onto becoming a vegan almost 3 weeks ago. I follow Animals Australia, the RSCPA and PETA and do my part for the animals by signing petitions, collecting donations, attending rallies, handing out flyers,raising awareness on a day-to-day basis, providing safe, happy and supportive homes for animals, fostering animals, paticipating yearly in the RSPCA Million Paws Walk, refusing to wear leather, suede, fur, calf hair, etc and of course maintaining a happy, healthy vegan diet and lifestyle.
    I have always loved animals from the day I was born and we've always had them living in the house. We're currently sharing a home with 3 cats, 1 dog, 6 fish and 1 guinea pig. Last year, we fostered 4 kittens(rescued by our local vet), two of which we kept.
    There are people that criticise what I am doing and question whether I actually know "what I am getting into" because of my young age but I just learn to ignore them and get on with doing what I love without a worry. My friends cannot believe I have decided to go vegan and comment alot on how they could never live without meat, dairy, eggs, etc because, plainly, "it's yummy"-well, tough, I say. Food's food. I have my opinions and you have your opinions. I'm sure they could survive without meat and animal products-I do and I'm fine and there are plenty of starving children in Africa who wouldn't give a fuss at all if they didn't get any meat or animal products(both of which are extremely harming to our bodies, our Earth and the animals) just as long as they got SOMETHING to eat. I will never understand the point of leather, yes, I understand it "lasts longer'" and "is better quality" but who cares about that really? I'm sure that if all the people that wear leather put into perspective in their mind the processes that are undertaken and are endured by harmless animals they would neaver wear leather again. I'm sure there are many women that love the look of a highly expensive and "glamourous" pair of calf hair heels and never give it a second thought that they are mindlessly supporting an adorable, harmless, sweet little calf's death-and just for a pair of SHOES.

    While I myself love high end fashion labels and can find some faux alternatives(very, very few in terms of shoes and bags) I usually have to look elsewhere to find just as chic designs as the much more expensive, leather ones-I usually shop at Betts. One thing that disappoints me is that my favourite model of all time and a wonderful role model of mine, Miranda Kerr wears leather on a daily basis-not once have I seen a picture of her out and about not wearing at least one piece of leather or suede(I include bags when I say this) and that really disappoints me as she speaks so much about nutrition and providing your body with the nutrients it needs although vegetarian and vegan diets are the healthiest options if you want to live a longer, healthier and cruelty-free life.

    Once again thank you so much and as of today, I will be regularly checking your blog for any vegan style and health tips I shall need. You are an incredible person!

    Love,
    Emily

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  15. Dear Sascha,

    Thank you so much for this post, this blog, everything! It's really wonderful to find someone else out there as passionate about animal welfare as myself.-I am 13 years old and became vegetarian for a year before moving onto becoming a vegan almost 3 weeks ago. I follow Animals Australia, the RSCPA and PETA and do my part for the animals by signing petitions, collecting donations, attending rallies, handing out flyers,raising awareness on a day-to-day basis, providing safe, happy and supportive homes for animals, fostering animals, paticipating yearly in the RSPCA Million Paws Walk, refusing to wear leather, suede, fur, calf hair, etc and of course maintaining a happy, healthy vegan diet and lifestyle.
    I have always loved animals from the day I was born and we've always had them living in the house. We're currently sharing a home with 3 cats, 1 dog, 6 fish and 1 guinea pig. Last year, we fostered 4 kittens(rescued by our local vet), two of which we kept.
    There are people that criticise what I am doing and question whether I actually know "what I am getting into" because of my young age but I just learn to ignore them and get on with doing what I love without a worry. My friends cannot believe I have decided to go vegan and comment alot on how they could never live without meat, dairy, eggs, etc because, plainly, "it's yummy"-well, tough, I say. Food's food. I have my opinions and you have your opinions. I'm sure they could survive without meat and animal products-I do and I'm fine and there are plenty of starving children in Africa who wouldn't give a fuss at all if they didn't get any meat or animal products(both of which are extremely harming to our bodies, our Earth and the animals) just as long as they got SOMETHING to eat. I will never understand the point of leather, yes, I understand it "lasts longer'" and "is better quality" but who cares about that really? I'm sure that if all the people that wear leather put into perspective in their mind the processes that are undertaken and are endured by harmless animals they would neaver wear leather again. I'm sure there are many women that love the look of a highly expensive and "glamourous" pair of calf hair heels and never give it a second thought that they are mindlessly supporting an adorable, harmless, sweet little calf's death-and just for a pair of SHOES.

    While I myself love high end fashion labels and can find some faux alternatives(very, very few in terms of shoes and bags) I usually have to look elsewhere to find just as chic designs as the much more expensive, leather ones-I usually shop at Betts. One thing that disappoints me is that my favourite model of all time and a wonderful role model of mine, Miranda Kerr wears leather on a daily basis-not once have I seen a picture of her out and about not wearing at least one piece of leather or suede(I include bags when I say this) and that really disappoints me as she speaks so much about nutrition and providing your body with the nutrients it needs although vegetarian and vegan diets are the healthiest options if you want to live a longer, healthier and cruelty-free life.

    Once again thank you so much and as of today, I will be regularly checking your blog for any vegan style and health tips I shall need. You are an incredible person!

    Love,
    Emily

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