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Both part of the same sustainable showroom in New York, Cri de Coeur founder Gina Ferraraccio and clothing designer (and Footwear Plus contributor) Bahar Shahpar decided to team up to create footwear to complement Shahpar's Spring '10 clothing collection for her presentation during New York Fashion Week.

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                                                                Sustainable fashion footwear’s dream team.
                                                                                                    WHAT DO YOU get when a vegan shoemaker and
          OUTDOOR                                                                                   a sustainable apparel designer join forces? Shoes
                                                                                                    eco-fashionistas will adore. Both part of the same
          STREET                                                                                    sustainable showroom in New York, Cri de Coeur
                                                                                                    founder Gina Ferraraccio and clothing designer (and
                                                                                                    Footwear Plus contributor) Bahar Shahpar decided
                                                                                                    to team up to create footwear to complement Shah-
                                                                                                    par’s Spring ’10 clothing collection for her presenta-
                                                                                                    tion during New York Fashion Week. Ferraraccio says
                                                                                                    they were both eager to play around with Ultrasuede,
                                                                                                    a new animal-free material made from recycled plas-
                                                                                                    tic and other waste. The shoes, which mirror a war-
                                                                rior princess theme seen in Shahpar’s collection, received such a great response the
                                                                duo is wholesaling the styles for spring.
                                                                   Each of the three core shoes comes in a deep fuchsia or chartreuse. Assertive silhou-
                                                                ettes include a platform bootie with a black stretch panel; a buckled bootie open on one
                                                                side; and a heel with a black front panel and ankle tie. Ferraraccio says other conscien-

       Changing                                                 tious factors include the use of low-VOC glues and faux-leather linings. (Packaging will be
                                                                recycled, too.) Retailing for about $250, the shoes have obvious appeal for eco boutiques,

       Channels                                                 but Ferraraccio says mainstream fashion stores are loving the designs as well. —L.S.



       A TV component airs in
       OlsenHaus’ spring line.                                  Natural Extension
       FOR VEGAN FOOTWEAR label OlsenHaus,                      Robeez bows an Eco collection.
       animals are off limits—but your old TV set is fair
       game. This spring, the brand debuts a line of flats                                                    KIDS’ SHOE BRAND Robeez goes or-
       made with industrial waste created in factories that                                                  ganic for Spring ’10 with the debut of an
       produce television sets. “It’s recycled polyester from                                                Eco Collection starring green materials
       the film that they’d be putting on the TV screen,” ex-                                                 and nature-in
								
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