Manolo Blahnik, the iconic footwear designer, has partnered with knitwear designer Marcia Patmos of M. Patmos to create two eco-friendly shoe styles– a flat, double-strap and open-toe sandal and a stiletto sandal in hues of nude, yellow, black and electric blue, both of which are composed of waste tilapia skins, raffia and cork.
Patmos stated “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. I love bringing the idea of sustainability into the luxury market — it doesn’t have to be limited to T-shirts and grocery bags.”
The sustainable pieces will retail at around $895 at Manolo Blahnik boutiques.