On vegetable tanning and sustainability: A look at Annie & Lori’s eco-friendly shoe collection

The fashion industry here and abroad is on a relatively new chapter at the moment with businesses, both the on-the-rise and the established ones, developing environmentally friendly and sustainable products. In Manila’s footwear scene, Annie & Lori, a favorite shoe brand of Manila’s most stylish women, has joined this fashion movement with the release of its chic and eco-friendly Vegetable-Tanned Leather collection.

 “We wanted to use the platform that Annie & Lori has built through the years to promote sustainable fashion and to do our share in reducing our impact on the environment,” says Faith Mijares, founder and head designer of Annie & Lori.  


Vegetable tanning refers to the process of turning cowhide into leather using natural materials and without the harmful chemicals typically used in this process. The products of vegetable tanning are biodegradable and are proven to be highly durable. With proper care, they can last a lifetime.

Annie & Lori’s Vegetable-Tanned Leather collection features four stylish easy-wear, slip-on sandals with extra sole cushion for added comfort and a black in-sole for easy maintenance. The Esther, Naomi, Phoebe, and Atarah are all available in both natural and maroon colors.

Below are the four designs under the Vegetable-Tanned Leather collection:

Naomi, an easy-wear flip-flop leather sandal that you can wear anywhere.
Phoebe, a classic easy-wear leather slip-on with a thong.
Esther, an easy-wear leather slip-on with a chic and unique twist.
Atarah, a heeled easy-wear leather slip-on

The natural-colored sandals are available at Annie & Lori’s pop-up stores in Alabang Town Center and Eastwood Mall, and in Retail Lab Powerplant in Makati and on www.annielori.com, while the maroon-colored sandals will be exclusively offered by Common Thread in Greenbelt and Powerplant Mall starting October.

For more details about current designs on sale, visit Annie & Lori’s website through this link or visit their social media pages, @annieandlori on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t forget to follow Manila Millennial on  FacebookTwitter, or Instagram for real-time updates about our latest finds within the Metro.

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