Make it last talks to Cecilia Blankens about her shoe label Blankens – and how to contribute to a more sustainable supply chain.

Guided by the belief that quality and style can be combined with sustainability and at the same time make attempting to make the smallest environmental impact possible during production – Blankens was launched 2014. Founder and creative director is Los Angeles based fashion journalist Cecilia Blankens. Make it last talks to her about this season’s inspiration and future goals.

What was on your mind for spring 2016?

– Since I live in Los Angeles, but born and raised in Sweden, and in general a very Swedish person – our shoes and handbags are almost always a combination between these two worlds. I like the exciting mixture between casual, comfortable California and the very classy Scandinavia.

Color-wise, inspiration appears from red hibiscus and golden sunsets. As for the design, our inspiration comes from the 70s and Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena.

Blankens has a long-term ambition to exclusively use organic or vegetable-tanned leather in the production. More specific, in how many years do you think it is achievable?

– Within five years, we will hopefully become completely organic. Meanwhile, we use eco-certificated leather and prefer vegetable-tanned before chrome-tanned leather.

 And last but not least: Tell us about this seasons most environmentally friendly shoe and why?

– Our flip-flop “The Holiday” is not only made of eco leather, but also of waste pieces from present shoe production. We try as far as possible to reach zero waste. In addition, the model is classic and fashionable and will never go out of style!


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