Manolo Blahnik Goes Green

The designer and Marcia Patmos have teamed up to create a sustainable collection of shoes for spring.

A pair of shoes from the eco-friendly Marcia Patmos for Manolo Blahnik collection.

MANOLO GOES GREEN: Marcia Patmos and Manolo Blahnik have teamed up to create the sustainable Marcia Patmos for Manolo Blahnik collection of shoes for the spring — made entirely of discarded tilapia skins, cork and raffia.

This is the first eco-friendly endeavor for Blahnik — who worked with Patmos on two styles, a double strap, open-toe flat and a strappy, high-heeled sandal in color combinations of electric blue, black, nude and yellow. Each silhouette will retail for $895 at Manolo Blahnik stores.

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“I am always researching sustainable materials and developments. 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,” Patmos said of her decision to incorporate the material into her offerings with the shoe designer. “I love bringing the idea of sustainability into the luxury market — it doesn’t have to be limited to T-shirts and grocery bags.”

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