How to – master the snake print boots in a sustainable way
The Aeyde boot are made for walking
Animal prints are all over this fall. Though leopard spots emerged as an early favorite, there’s another bold pattern that’s looming large this season. I am talking about snakeskin prints. This fall, several designers have focused on this print – either as accents or one-off pieces, presenting the eye-catching pattern in a way that feels much more approachable. If you think of it as quintessential rock ’n’ roll, this season’s take on snakeskin is about making a calculated and not over calculated statement: a boot here, a printed skirt there… and you are ready to go! This season it’s not just natural colourways that are grabbing our attention: acid yellow, dark red, electric blue and green lead the way.
While we obviously do not support any use of real exotic skins, it cannot be denied that there has been a considerable increase in demand when it comes to luxury patterned leathers. True python is, of course, an exotic skin, and thus surrounded by a whole lot of controversy. One of the main consequences has been the decision from Kering, the group behind brands like Gucci and Stella McCartney, to build its own python farm. The Paris-based company has set up a farm in Thailand, complete with breeding stock, and the snakes will be raised in “the best conditions for animals, farmers and the ecosystem” before they are turned into shoes, bags and belts. Kering is investing in the farm to provide a sustainable source of skins. The project comes amid growing pressure from campaigners over the use of exotic animal skins for fashion. This is a long-term commitment to developing sustainable and responsible sourcing of Kering’s python skins and it takes time to ensure this is done to the highest standards. The farm, active since this year, was intended to secure the supply of skins and show how farming could be done sustainably and humanely. So you can see why we’re championing python print. While big brands such as Gucci and Stella McCartney have made exotic skins one of the hottest trends of the season, if you buy one new thing, let it be the Aeyde snake print boots.
Text: Margaux Lombard, October 17th 2018