Mercer Amsterdam has unveiled its first vegan sneaker, and it’s sourced from fruit. In collaboration with Piñatex, the style uses leather alternative made from the leaves of the pineapple plant, which is a natural and sustainably sourced, cruelty-free material. The leaves, which are discarded from the pineapple harvest, are bought from farmers in the Philippines.
Entrepreneurs are, as a rule, pretty excited about their ideas. They almost have to be, since the journey from idea to instantiation is arduous under the best circumstances. Only a true believer is likely to ever make it across the finish line, as the less convicted and committed are more than likely going to be worn down and out by the process itself.
The CFDA just announced its 2019 Fashion Awards nominees on Instagram, and there are some new names in the mix. Womenswear perennial Marc Jacobs is on the list, as is menswear favorite Thom Browne, and Off-White’s Virgil Abloh made the cut not once but twice, but all five of the Emerging Designer nominees are first-timers.