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BEYOND SKIN

Where to begin with Beyond Skin ... not simply because their new Spring Summer Collection is inspired and 'fashion forward'  but also because their ultimate goal is to produce eco-friendly products with outstanding ethical standards!

Conceived in 2001, Beyond Skin came about because it seemed impossible to be both stylish and cruelty free ... there were no gorgeous vegan shoes to be found anywhere!  Their story has been a frustrating yet heart warming one, but even through the highs and lows of finding and keeping English factory premises, their ethics and ambitions have never floundered.  With their head office based in Hove, Brighton the team are passionate about making a difference whilst staying true to their philosophy - that of creating gorgeous, empowering footwear for discerning, style-led ladies whilst trading in a manner that is kind to people, animals and the planet.  They also ensure that no-one is exploited in the manufacture of their products as well as sourcing fabrics and components locally to try to reduce their carbon footprint.

Always on the hunt for the finest and most luxurious fabrics, Beyond Skin are dedicated to producing unique and fabulous shoes and introducing seasonal collections that are becoming more and more desirable for the eco-conscious fashionistas.

The Spring Summer Collection continues to use the amazing Dinamica recycled faux suede which is considered the ultimate in eco-friendly technology.  Available in an array of colours, the Beyond Skin posse have teamed Dinamica with raw raffia, shiny faux snakeskin whilst combining playful textures and prints.  Seasonal prints such as zig zag, metallic leopard and vibrant florals are paired with bold colours and the Summer silhouettes are just as exciting.  The emphasis is on block heels and platforms but wedges and flats are also key.....the overall feel of the collection is both vintage and retro but created in a playful and inspired way.  Introducing their brand new ethical purses, the entire collection is fun and elegant as well as eco-friendly.

"Put a guilt free spring in your step
and be the change you wish to see
in the world"

In todays society of ever increasing awareness regarding ethical issues, Beyond Skin are amazing ambassadors for eco-friendly product manufacturing.  They are wildly dedicated to proving that fashion and ethics can go hand in hand but still manage to make their Brand inspiration and playful.

Their final word really does some it up - "put a guilt free spring in your step and be the change you wish to see in the world"  I for one, second that emotion!

 

What were your ambitions and aspirations at the age of 26?

We both agreed that it was to set up our own factory ‘Women for women’ for underprivileged women in Eastern Europe.
We were planning to conquer the world with shoes!

Pick a word beginning with the letter ‘E’ which best sums you up.

 ECCENTRIC Heather
EXTREME Natalie
 

For each letter of the alphabet, pick a word followed by a sentence that inspires you.

We are similarly inspired so we joined forces to answer these questions -

ART DECO
We love this era & find that our collections are often focued on this period.

BRIGHTON
Where we are based & love!

CREATIVITY
In all forms & finding new ways to do this.

DOG MAD!

ETHICALLY minded.

FUN & FRIVOLOUS!
We love these words & try to live by them.

GOLD
Shiny objects – very attracted to glitz!  You’ll often find a bit of subtle gold bling on our footwear!

HIGH HEELS

INDIVIDUALITY
This is a very important part to living.

JEWELLERY 
Albeit on shoes or bodies, there’s always room for decorating.

KITTENS
We love animals & couldn’t think of any other ‘K’ word…

LOVE

MARMITE FANATICS
Essential part of any day.

NINTEEN THIRTIES & FOURTIES
Love the vintage clothes of this era.

ORNAMENTS
We use a lot of decorations & adding small details.

PRINTED FABRICS
These have a key role in our brand & we’re always seeking them out.

QUANT
1960’s style icon Mary Quant.

RED
Our favourite colour.

SHOE LOVERS
Obvious but true!

TEA DRINKERS

URBAN ARCHITECTURE
Loves the angles & shapes created in large cities how beautiful concrete can be!

VINTAGE obsessed.

WESTWOOD
We all love Vivienne of course & admire her eccentricness.

X(treme)
Sorry couldn’t think of any ‘x’ words.

YOGA
A weekly part of both of our lives, which is essential for relaxing & undwinding.

ZEBRA
Our brand logo is a zebra wearing pink high heels

WORDS / Kevin Langridge
PHOTOGRAPHER / Nicky Emmerson