Toeless boots continue to make us gag, but we’ve found a new contender for the most heinous shoes of the season – the brand new ECCO 2nd Nature line! Their website waxes deep about the difficulties of creating stylish, comfortable shoes: “Design is one quality. Comfort is another. The art is in combining the two – without compromising either. We take our inspiration from nature and use our experience as a framework.
Collina Strada is Eco-Friendly Perfection
We recently had the pleasure of meeting Hillary Taymour, the uber-cool LA native behindCollina Strada. The FIDM alum began our new favorite handbag line in Fall 2008 as a small collection for her friends. We're really glad she decided to expand. Collina Strada translates to “hill road,” in Italian, and in this case, "hill" is short for Hillary. The bags and harnesses all incorporate ethnic-inspired prints and shapes and are made of incredibly soft, smooth leather with canvas mixed in. The designer, who does her best to keep it green, explained that the canvas is 100% organic, while the leather, she admits, is “almost” organic. It's vegetable-dyed and sourced from a tannery that “uses all parts of the animal,” so they’re less wasteful of animal hide than other tanneries, we guess.