The whole reason why I started my clothing line is because I was looking for some comfortable eco friendly clothing and found it difficult to still be stylish and cute. I didn't want to sacrifice style in order to live in align with my values. And since I had no luck finding sexy and stylish conscious clothing, I decided I had to take matters into my own hands.
This is exactly what Valeria Lacerda did after gaining much success and fame with her popular shoe line in the 90s. Her story is very inspiring and I look up to her. I came across this amazing brand called MantiShoes, https://www.mantishoes.com, while getting a psychic reading from my girlfriend Marcia. She was wearing the cutest pair of natural looking sandals , I instantly fell in love.
Why this was so huge for me is because it's quite difficult to find a pair of sandals that aren't made with some leather. I reached out to the designer, Valeria Lacerda, to learn more about her story. And wow, was I inspired. Not only is she a total babe, she's been in the fashion industry and is quite successful.
"Valeria is not a new comer to the world of fashion. Her first wave of success happened in the 90’s under her label Valeria Lacerda when she captured the hearts of some of the biggest stars and shops with her beautiful hand crafted, hand painted wooden shoes."
"But as time went moved forward, many established fashion houses were copying her concept and making their own versions. Ultimately the fashions changed “the aims and concerns of that time were different than they are now” explains Valeria.
Fast forward to 2014. The concerns of Valeria and the whole world have changed.“The first thing I think about when making something is how its going to effect the planet. Are the materials toxic? hurting anyone or anything? and what will happen to them when they are worn out or ready to be replaced? I did not want to add one more thing to the trash heap that would last longer than our lifetimes."
She's not only a inspiration for me and my brand, but paving the way for a whole new and fresh outlook on fashion and what effects it has on the environment.
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