Manolo Blahnik and Marcia Patmos’ Eco-Friendly Shoes


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Manolo Blahnik has teamed up with designer Marcia Patmos on eco-friendly footwear.

Tilapia skins (yes, skins), cork and raffia—they may sound like the components for one seriously offbeat arts and crafts project, but in fact, they’re the raw materials used in some brand-new Manolos.

Marcia Patmos, the former Lutz & Patmos designer who now runs her own earth-friendly line, M. Patmos, has teamed up with Manolo Blahnik for a capsule collection of sustainable shoes, Women’s Wear Daily reports.

“I am always researching sustainable materials and developments,” Patmos told WWD. “I love the idea of tilapia skin because it is a by-product of the food industry that would otherwise be discarded, but it’s actually a beautiful material perfect for small leather goods.”

The Marcia Patmos for Manolo Blahnik shoes will come in two styles—a flat sandal and a strappy high heel—in several colorways including blue, black, nude, and yellow.

“I love bringing the idea of sustainability into the luxury market — it doesn’t have to be limited to T-shirts and grocery bags,” she said.

The shoes will go for $895 a pair and will be available for spring 2012 at Manolo Blahnik boutiques.

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