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Manolo Blahnik Creates Shoes from Discarded Fish Skins

Spanish fashion designer Manolo Blahnik—known for his self-named high-end shoe label—will be teaming up with fellow fashion designer Marcia Patmos to design an eco-friendly shoe collection for the luxury market.

The shoes will be made from materials that are entirely sustainable and discarded: tilapia (fish) skins, cork and raffia.

“I love the idea of tilapia skin because it is a by-product of the food industry that would otherwise be discarded, but it's actually a beautiful material perfect for small leather goods,” Patmos said.

Two styles—which would come in electric blue, black, nude and yellow colors—have been created: a double strap and open-toe flat; and a strappy, high-heeled sandal.

The collection will be available Manolo Blahnik stores in Spring 2012.

[via VOGUE]
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