To join in with both challenges, I have leather boot details to share.
Earlier this year, I had the chance to watch a handful of documentaries about fashion.
Not sure how I found this interesting theme, but two of my favorites shows were, “Battle at Versailles” and “Dries” – hopefully I can post about each of these wonderful shows later.
I also watched a fast-fashion documentary, produced by a British musician who was now in the wool industry. He warned about dangerous textiles, cheap fashion, throw-away clothes, and he promoted all-natural materials as better for human health and for the earth and environment.
The fashion-themed shows shifted my perspective so much that I started taking notes in my journal with key takeaways.
Another show I watched, cannot recall the name right now, but it was about leather — designer brands purses and bags – and the manufacturing plants in Italy.
The author was trying to raise awareness about the great effort that goes into a quality leather bag, to raise appreciation for the wealthy people who so quickly consume and move through these bags, while also shedding light on labor practices and working conditions in this industry.
This documentary tracked a leather purse being made from start to finish. Going from the Italy factory to the Paris and NYC runway.
It made me stop and look at leather in a new light.
It made me appreciate leather more – in the way that the Christine Northrup (author of The Dirt Cure) had a paradigm shift about eating meat – once she saw the process, labor, and sacrifice involved – she savored, valued, and appreciated meat so much more. This is how I feel with leather right now – I appreciate it SO much more.
Of course there is a place for synthetic textiles, and even for fast-fashion, but I appreciate natural materials more than ever.
And as noted above, I will try my best to come back and share some thoughts about these two shows: Battle at Versailles and Dries. Both shows were great for different reasons:
Battle at Versailles, featuring the models who stole the show in the 1970s fundraiser, filled me up with joy about the colorful and wonderful aspects of the United States.
Dries (2017), a short bio about designer Dries Van Noten, reminded me about creativity, trends, and that show also had my counselor side engaged regarding work choices, burnout, and careers.