Vayarta Shoes are the perfect travel shoe

Packable, comfortable, and insanely chic, these unisex loafers are the one pair of shoes you need to take on your next trip.

Nothing has the potential to derail a good packing job like a pair of shoes. There’s only so much stuffing, squeezing, and—for lack of a better word—smushing they can take before you have to either give up and leave them at home, or take everything out of your suitcase and start over again. And while I love a great packing challenge, I love a packing solution more, which is why I was so excited to discover what just might be the perfect travel shoe.

Vayarta loafers are many things: Handmade (in ultra-soft leather by local artisans in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), hand-dyed (in colors that range from soft blush to bright cobalt to basic black), and unisex. They’re also utterly simple, with clean lines and a minimalist design that manages to be eye-catching in its restraint. The shoes are the brainchild of Maryam Nassir Zadeh boutique co-founder Uday Kak and brand partners Sarada Ravindra and Andre Wiesmayr, who were looking to design an elevated version of the everyday loafer. What they’ve also done is create a travel shoe that eliminates the need for pretty much any other footwear.

You can pack them in your suitcase (the soft soles make them infinitely more smushable than your traditional loafers) or wear them on the plane, where their lightweight, slipper-like design will keep you comfortable no matter how long your flight is. And once you land, pair them with wide-leg trousers and a crisp button-down, cropped skinny jeans and a silk top, a floral summer dress, or your beach uniform of cutoffs and a striped tank—in other words, the extra outfits you were able to pack with all that free space.

Shop their latest designs at : https://vayarta.com

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Outfit of the day: styling with Off white Paul Smith and Thaqafah Shoes

Outfit of the day: Off White multi sweater, Thaqafah silver sparkle Babouche , Paul Smith dotted navy slacks

Sweater: off White https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/items.aspx

Pants: Paul Smith https://www.farfetch.com/shopping/women/items.aspx

Shoes: Thaqafah https://www.etsy.com/shop/Thaqafah

Viviano Sue (Tokyo) ready to wear ss2018 collection

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Viviano Sue is an Avant-Garde designer, passionate for pushing the boundaries of fashion. Having lived in the United States and China, he came to Japan to study fashion at Bunka Academy in Tokyo. These diverse cultures have influenced his aesthetic as a designer. His inspirations are drawn from structures in architecture, geometry and nature. After achieving his Master degree from Bunka Fashion Graduate University, Viviano has since built his own brand and is now read to take this to the new stage. A departure from his background in Couture and Bridal, Viviano is poised to define the coming season through his debut “No-Gender” ready-to wear line of unique, edgy, and exquisite garments.

 

 

Shop the collection here:  http://vivianosue.com/top.html

Lovely winter footwear by iamintentionally_____

Check out some of these beautiful boots coming from the Sample bin of @iamintentionally______ . I promise you will not be disappointed by these quirky yet chic picks from this brand.

Shop the collection here: https://www.intentionallyblank.us

GUCCI TAKES A STAND AGAINST ANIMAL FUR

It’s the latest in a growing group of luxury brands to make the fur-free commitment

 

 

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Hold onto your fur-lined Gucci loafers (if you’re still wearing those): The maximalist, Italian luxury label headed up by Alessandro Michele is the latest company to announce a commitment to going fur-free.

Gucci CEO Marco Bizarri made the announcement during the 2017 Kering Talk at The London College of Fashion on Wednesday, and the Humane Society followed up with a joint press release alongside the fashion brand and the Fur Free Alliance — a coalition of more than 40 animal protection organizations working together to end the fur trade. The brand will cease releasing fur product beginning with its spring 2018 collection and will continue to be supported by the Humane Society of the U.S. and LAV in “identifying and reducing its impact on animals and the environment.”

To be clear, the definition of “animal fur” by which Gucci is subscribing means “any animal skin, or part thereof, with hair or fur fibers attached thereto, either in its raw or processed state or the pelt of any animal killed for the animal’s fur.” That means mink, fox, rabbit, karakul lamb and raccoon dog are off limits, while lamb, goat and alpaca can still be used.

“Being socially responsible is one of Gucci’s core values, and we will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals,” said Bizarri. “With the help of HSUS and LAV, Gucci is excited to take this next step and hopes it will help inspire innovation and raise awareness, changing the luxury fashion industry for the better.”

“Gucci’s new fur free policy marks a game-changer for the whole luxury fashion industry to follow,” added Joh Vinding.

Indeed, it’s a pretty big announcement for Gucci, whose creative director has incorporated statement-making, dyed and printed fur pieces into his collections — even for spring and resort — since joining the house in 2015. (Gucci, of course, used fur before that as well.) Right now, no less than eight mink fur coats can be found on the brand’s website, and that’s to make no mention of the brand’s ubiquitous fur-lined loafer mules. The brand landed itself in hot water with PETA over its use of kangaroo fur in the popular shoe style, which has likely been a big moneymaker for the brand. In 2015, not long after the style was introduced, Kering defended its use of kangaroo, issuing a statement to Quartz claiming that it “can be classified under our guidelines as a sustainable fur.” While a few loafers are still labeled as kangaroo fur online, a rep for Gucci confirmed that they will all be made with lamb going forward.

According to a separate press release from Gucci, the brand will be auctioning off remaining fur items with proceeds benefitting LAV and the Humane Society.

Gucci is the latest in a string of luxury brands to make commitments to going fur-free: There’s fellow Kering-owned label Stella McCartney, as well as Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss and, on the retail side, Yoox Net-a-Porter Group. We would not be surprised to see fellow members of Kering’s portfolio joining them in the near future given the conglomerate’s well-publicized commitment to sustainability.

 

Re-blogged from http://www.fashionista.com

 

 

Adorable and must have shoe bling!

Here we have an absolutely innovative original take on the classic shoe kitties by Afrofly accessories brand. The kitties are absolutely gorgeous and the design is to die for.

I can just see these being worn as extra mug for those favorite pair of plain Jane loafers, oxfords, boots, or even sandals. These kitties would provide a complete makeover for your kicks.

Ok so now a little about the brand and designer. So as I understand it, the Afrofly brand was born in London by designer  Leslyn Frasier who has experience in shoe design and art.

Afrofly’s designs are also influenced by many different cultures which makes a melting pot of ideas that will be and is seen in the Afrifly’s accessories design.

 

I love accessories that take my breath away at first sight, and make me drool at the same time, and these kilties  did not fall short in making that happen. I solute the designer miss Leslyn for bringing us a twist on the classic kiltie without compromising good design and innovation.

 

You can purchase these beauties here at her official site:

http://afrofly.bigcartel.com/products

 

With Love,

Style Diversity

Kat Maconie and Her Amazing Shoes

So, I was searching the net one day (as always) about a month or so ago and went to my favorite shoe sight for amazing shoes http://www.solestruck.com and lo and behold I saw the most eclectic, beautiful, artsy shoes that I have seen in a very long time.

Take a look and then I’ll tell you all about the designer:

 
Drum roll please……………… The designer of these beauties is non other than miss Kat Maconie, London based designer who started her brilliant shoe brand in 2009, absolutely dazzling the shoe world as we know it. Have a read about her down below from what we took off of her site.

ABOUT KAT MACONIE

Kat if you are reading this post, we wanna thank you for creating beautiful eclectic shoes for us gals who like to stand out and be unique apart from everyone else.
If you love Kat’s shoes then you can find her ss2016 collection here :

http://www.katmaconie.com/pages/about-kat-maconie

With love

Style-Diversity

2015 Fashion Graduate Roberta Einer Killing The Fashion Game

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Ever wondered how you get from your grad collection to launching your own line at London Fashion Week? Today, Westminster graduate and womenswear designer Roberta Einer presented her debut SS16 collection as part of the last day of LFW.

The 23-year-old grad has already got a stellar CV behind her that includes several internships with some mega creatives (Mary Katrantzou, McQueen, Roksanda Ilincic and Claire Barrow), plus some design-defining experience working as a print and embroidery assistant at Balmain in Paris, before finishing up her degree this year. She tells us: ‘I went to Balmain with a minimal aesthetic. Olivier Rousteing always said, “It’s clothes, just have fun.” Now I experiment more.’

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So what makes her designs stand out? Epic hand embroidery + beautiful embellishment + fun factor to create textured heavyweight masterpieces in bubblegum shades with all-over beading, pile-’em-on sequins and racks of ribbon. Think mermaid vibes mixed with a cheerleading squad from Clueless.

But what’s it like prepping for your first solo show? We got Roberta to share a few BTS snaps for a (very sparkly) sneak peek, and then popped down to the Hotel Café Royal on Regent Street to check it out…

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Ready for the close-up! Roberta says: ‘I see always see the texture and the weight of things first.’ Hello all-over bead work, pile-’em-on sequins, and racks of ribbon. 🎀🎀🎀🎀🎀

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‘I figure out all the graphics on the computer, it needs to be on a scale of 1mm to be right for the embroiderers. This hand-embroidered gown made out of 15 metres of fabric is a real dream dress and probably my favourite piece I have ever done! SO EXCITED.’

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The collection? Cute as candy. The dreamy delicate, sheer embroidered dresses styled with black tied chokers…

 

Tell us what you think about this new designer collection, we think her collection is fun and fancy!

Barefoot shoes are the closest to Earth walking than anything else

We have decided to put our 2 cents In the barefoot shoe game. Thaqafah has a new ,leather ,stylish ,handmade,barefoot shoe with padded bottoms for light indoor/outdoor walking.

The idea for these barefoot shoes was first hatched after thinking of an easier alternative for women to change into when their feet hurt them after walking in heels all day. So instead of walking completely barefoot because of sore feet, or wearing bulky sneakers with a dress or skirt, thn just slip into some chic, lightweight barefoot shoes.

  

So here’s the result in brief, after searching for cobblers and sending samples for the right fit. Hope everyone likes them, and finds them useful for all of your barefoot, stylish needs. They come in a small range of colors for now, but we plan on expanding the color and style range with each collection.

Barefoot shoes:  sizes 7-12 for both men an women……….

   

                 

Barefoot shoes and round toe tabi socks

So, our samples arrived rom Turkey and Pakistan  the other day. We ordered some round toe tabi socks aka leather socks. One ankle ballet flat type, and the other kind of like an ankle ballet bootie type.

We have big plans for these socks/shoes, by adding a thin rubber sole , to preserve the leather under ther sock, and also allow you the feeling of walking barefoot without compromising style.

Here’s a peek at what we’ve got so far, with more to follow……..

   

     

  

We have a few of the black, in sizes 8-11 , so if interested then message us. They fit like a glove, just like wearing nothing on your feet all day .

Ruqayyah