Beyond Skin Autumn Winter 2014 collection – Now in stock!!

It’s finally here.  A brand new collection of vegan footwear from Beyond Skin has arrived. We have been waiting in excitement for months for this crispy new collection to land at our HQ in Brighton and we can finally announce, that they have arrived!  The new styles are tempting to the touch and alluring to the eye. Check out the full Autumn Winter collection for a stylish feast for the eyes.

We will take you through completely new addition to our family and some loyal comebacks with a new make over. If you already have had a peak at the collection and just can not seem to be able to decide if yo should go for the colourful Lucy or the graceful Grace, Beyond skin will help you with an introduction to each of the new styles, guiding you through, what is special about the styles and what to match with.

Here is a selection of our favourite styles from our new fall collection, ranging from wearable flats, easy mids and delicious high heels!Marley2   wolfordMarley is a brand new addition to our Beyond Skin family and we absolutely adore this cute pump. Marley comes in two personalities: First we have Marley in flirtatious red made in soft Dinamica suede, finished with elegant gold faux patent edges, for the girl who never says no to a challenge.
Then we have Marley in sophisticated black made in completely vegan faux high gloss pleather and with a beautiful pewter edging. Perfect for an ethically minded and elegant woman. Marley is the classic pump with a sensible kitten heel. Both colourways are featured with a vintage bow detail on the back, which we think goes perfect with a tight skirt or dress and sensual back seam Wolford tights. Annie

If height isn’t your type, we have created Annie who, like Marley, is an essential pump shoe but featuring a 1cm heel, so you can walk around in this cute vintage flat all day.
Annie is made in black dinamica suede and features gold faux patent piping around the edge and a cute bow detail on the back. Annie would go well with a pair of black leggings and a loose colourful fitted knitted sweater.   meave

We created Meave in black for woman who loves standing tall, but still want to look adorable. Meave features a 10cm/4inch heel and is made in black Dinamica suede for that soft alluring look. Bows are the new black, and we simply can’t get enough of them. Therefore, Meave features  a cute bow detail on the back and is finished with a subtle faux patent pewter edge detailing. Meave would suit many looks, and is versatile in black.  Looks equally fabulous in a pair of denim jeans and an elegant simple shirt, or a classic sustainable little black dress.

Grace Grace the new fierce addition to the Beyond Skin family and features an innovative Chelsea boot style elastic detail for easily being able to get in and out of. This new vegan bootie has a 10cm stiletto heel and a 2 cm platform for a bit more comfort. Grace is made in fine Italian fabric with a vintage geometric print in subtle grey and black. The stiletto heel is covered in black Dinamica suede to match the black elastic detailing. Grace is a powerful vegan boot and needs a fierce dress code to match. We suggest a tight grey dress or grey slim fitted jeans.

LucyLucy is a new Beyond Skin vegan brogue. This flat lace up shoe is featured in two thrilling colourways.
Lucy in flattering Red, yellow and blue autumn colours is a daring brogue for the woman who likes to mix tradition with a new twist. Multi coloured Lucy is made in Dinamica vegan suede and features a 1cm comfortable heel for all day strutting.
The multi coloured Lucy is best worn with loose folded up denim jeans and a colourful matching top.

Black Lucy is not just a simple black brogue. Black Lucy features a geometric printed fabric insert to give the classic brogue a little vintage excitement. To keep the classic brogue styling, Lucy is a shiny vegan faux leather  brogue lace up which makes her easy to wear with various outfits.  This flat vegan lace up is a real investment piece, and will be a wardrobe staple for the months to come.

Suni

Suni is a cute vegan pump, an essential to any every woman’s wardrobe.
Suni is made in Dinamica vegetarian suede from Italy and features a vintage vegan faux patent toe detail that both looks amazing and makes the shoe stay fresh looking for longer time.
Apart from the faux patent  toe detailing, Suni features patent piping around the edge and a protective vintage patent detail on the back to make Suni stand out from all the other black flat pumps out there.
Suni is an essential style and can be worn with almost anything in your wardrobe, from dresses to leggings in any colour you love.

Bertie

Bertie has been with Beyond Skin for yonks.  The style is timeless and a regular due to the popularity.  Bertie is versatile in style, comfortable with its sensible 7cm heel height and a true vintage wonder.
Bertie has previous been featured in eye catching Teal, wearable summer Nude and Pure White. You can own a pair of Bertie shoes to suit almost any mood. In this year’s Beyond Skin AW14 collection, the Oxford style lace up is featured in black faux shiny leather with golden eyelets and gold beaded lace detailing.
Bertie is perfect for the office with a stylish suit in any colour.

cat

Cat is newest trend within flat slip on’s with its front collar detailing. Cat is made in exquisite Italian weave textile with gold threading, if you want to be comfortable yet stylish.
Cat features a comfortable 1cm heel and black piping around the edge. Classy yet extravagant.
Cat will fit well with many outfits, but we think a pair of black tights and a fall green dress would do wonders.

We hope you are nearly as excited about the new collection as we are and that this week’s Beyond Skin blog has given you a good insight so you know exactly what style is best for you!

Happy Shopping
Xxx
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Pick of Sale

Sale is upon us and we are here to bring you our favourite shoes from this seasons sale.
Weather you are looking for last chance sandals for the few sunny days we have left, or you want to get your winter boots before prices go up – this is the sale for all your needs.

In this weeks Beyond Skin blog we will guide you through each of our favourite picks so you can get an insight in to the vegan shoe styles you might have a beginning crush on. And hopefully at the end, it will have a happy ending :)

Let’s begin…

lion

Lion is the elegant almond toe flat court shoe, 100% vegan, for the girl who wants to be casual yet classy and can be worn all day with her conformable 1cm heel. The Lion is made from a beautiful gold floral brocade Italian fabric available in both cream and minty flavour. Perfect for a garden party and works very well with both a flowy skirt or skinny light colours jeans.
And if you like Lion, you might also like Portia in Cream or Mint, who would be great at weddings or summer alfresco dining.

Venus

Venus was recently on the Catwalk, when Beyond Skin received the Sustainable Fashion award at this years Observers Ethical Awards. Receiving the award is an absolute honour and we celebrate with a Sale! The incredibly sexy Venus stiletto is stylish, elegant and completely vegan no matter which colourwar you prefer. Venus is made Italian faux patent or ‘Dinamica’ faux suede, all with a vintage metallic front detail.
Perfect for the first date  - or an award show.
Venus in pink is so popular, that we have chosen to give you even more discount on this colourway. Venus in pink was £130 but now you can get your hands on her for only £75… Wauw!

ZOE

An other celebrity style on sale is the sassy Zoe who was spotted on the red carpet at this years Oscars worn by Bond Girl Olga Kurylenko.
Zoe is a completely vegan sandal stiletto and you can get the elegant Zoe style in either nude faux patent or black vegan suede both with a sexy metallic T-Bar strap.

albi

Albi is our classic brogue, who comes back every year in a new thrilling colour or print. This time around Albi was looking way fine in Burgundy and mustard and is perfect for your fall wardrobe. Albi looks best with a pair of grey or classic coloured trousers and is super comfortable with a 1cm heel height.
Albi is also a hit with the press, as she was featured in Vogue when she was first released.
Now is the chance to get that Fall Vogue style at a cheaper price.

Iggy

Another beautiful T-Bar strap on this season’s sale is Iggy.

Iggy is the powerful wedge sandal from our  Spring Summer 14 collection and is now on sale for you to have an excuse to buy this striking style. The wedge is covered in gold and orange vintage styled Italian fabric featuring a strappy upper made from faux leather and metallic style textile.

For a more wearable, classic day wear style of vegetarian shoes let’s feature the irresistibly cute vegan court shoe Scarlett.

Scarlett

Scarlett in black faux suede is a crucial wardrobe piece for any woman with a sense of style. So if you don’t have your little black pump yet, now is the time while you can get Scarlett as easy on the wallet as she will ever be.

Misty

If you are looking to do your christmas shopping early in order to avoid, yet again, the dilemma of realising that your toes are freezing and your budget doesn’t allow any presents for yourself. :(   If this sounds like you, then we suggest you take a look at Misty. Misty was  created by popular demand from you lovely women, who were tired of looking at those super warm UGG boots winter after winter longingly, but with the ethical dilemma of not wanting to wear sheepskin.  Beyond Skin came to the rescue and we created the vegan ‘UGG’ style boot made from vegan microfiber suede and faux sheepskin lining for that extra fluffy comfort. Misty comes in Camel and in all black.
Misty features a comfortable 4cm heel and glide proof crepe sole to keep you save on those icy pavements.

Now, Winter isn’t here yet so let’s finish off with a shoe that is great for the approaching fall.

Frankie

Frankie is the classic heel great for the office and still a hit if work turns into drinks at the end of the day. An essential for any sophisticated occasion.
Frankie is made in black faux leather and to top the stylish sophistication off, Frankie has a vintage front strap detail and collar and a sensible heel height.

You never know how long a good thing is going to last, so you better not wait too long  getting your feet into those pumps you’ve eyeing. You wouldn’t want someone else getting the last pair in your size or, the sale ends.

In case you already have all off your favourite styles from the sale in your shoe rack we strongly suggest, that you check out the new Beyond Skin AW’14 collection, which is due arrival at our studio this week.  The collection features new brogues, golden slippers, fierce stiletto’s and classic pumps. The first shipment might sell out quick, but you can still make it to pre-order your new Beyond Skin AW’14 shoes.

Happy Shopping X

Beyond Skin

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Ethical Holidays

It is the holiday high time and you might be considering where to go for this years sunny escape.

Have you ever considered going ethical when choosing your vacation destination?  Here is a Beyond Skin guide to ethical holidays…

Getting there
There is always the pickle about how to get to your dream destination in order to reduce your carbon footprint. The number one tip we have, in order for you to save on the fuel, is to explore what your own country has to offer and at the same time supporting national and regional tourism. It is always best to travel by train, as the train emit less gas while running mostly on electricity.  Plus it’s a lot less stressful and you can sit back, and relax whilst the train does the hard work for you.

We found this neat website where you can Calculate your carbon footprint on what ever vehicle you choose to transport you to your holiday destination.  Interesting stuff!

When it come to your holiday destination, there are a lot of sustainable destinations to choose from and we have listed our top pick in this weeks Beyond Skin blog for you to get a little holiday inspiration.

Where to stay – UK
We thought we would start of exploring the British wonders in order to support national treasures and reduce our carbon footprint.

Barn Holiday in the Forest

Sutton Barns

Sutton Baynham Farm can hardly become more picturesque.
The beautiful 17th century farmhouse has been converted in to beautiful luxurious 5 star accommodation with the help of local workers.

In the heart of The Royal Forest of Dean, the 30 acre farm is on the fringe of Abbott’s wood, adjacent to the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural beauty, between Gloucester, Ross on Wye and Chepstow.

The farm consists of the original stone farmhouse stables, byre and barn, and we believe it looks like a luxurious and relaxing experience to recharge your batteries in.

You will have the converted cottage all to yourself, allowing you to take on your holiday at your own pace with self catering and dining out all being attractive options.

There is tonnes of exploring to be done in the local area – rivers and wildlife galore!

For the more adventurous and daring, you can hire a canoe or go on a treetop adventure. You can also visit the stunning Clearwell caves, go on a steam railway ride through forest of Dean or visit the Little dean Jail aka. the black museum.

“At Forest Barn Holidays, our aim is to work with the environment and not against it. To symbolize our commitment we are intent on providing a five star service whilst minimizing the environmental impact of our activities.”

The Barn farm has won the Green Tourist Business gold award and reduced and reuses whenever possible. They work hard to protect their surroundings, only use environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and the list list goes on.

A complete ethical tranquil luxury holiday experience, that we would rather like to have as a memory.

Where to rest your stilettos and don the sandals in Europe…

casa campo de la luz

If you want to get away and be set in an other culture we suggest going to the beautiful settings of the Casa Campo de la Luz in south of Spain.

“Casa campo de la luz utilises the resource that makes this area famous! The houses were designed and built using local materials and powered by the sun. The houses are all completely self sufficient and off the grid.”

The cottages are located in Jerez the Andalucia area of South of Spain and has everything to offer; whether you are looking for a beach holiday, gastronomical experinces, horse riding or historic sightseeing, Andalucia has it all and Casa Campo De la Luz is the perfect choice if you want to have an ethical holiday whilst supporting the local communities.

Voluntouring

voluntouring

If you would like to go international for this year’s sustainable get away voluntouring is the biggest trend within ethical traveling at the moment.
Voluntour is ‘volunteer’ and ‘tourist’ combined and encourages you go and explore a different culture in the sun, while spending your precious time helping children, animals or the environment instead of spending two weeks sightseeing and getting a tan. :)

Voluntouring you can volunteer to teach English in Thailand, take care of mistreated Elephants in Cambodia  or help baby turtles get safely from egg to ocean in Costa Rica.

The aim of turtle conservation is to help the new baby turtles on their first venture to the sea, as they are very vulnerable in their newborn state. The turtles have various life threats such as local predators and hunters wanting the turtles for their meat and eggs.
By helping a larger number of turtles from nest to sea you will be helping the entire population of the sea turtles. This also includes taking the weak baby turtles into the conservation centre and help them become strong enough for release in to the wild, relocating nests away from predators and helping out in the conservation centre.

“The decline in sea turtle numbers in Sri Lanka is made all the more unfortunate, due to the fact that they have few natural predators in adulthood. As hatchlings and eggs turtles are much more vulnerable to natural predators, but by far the largest threat to turtle numbers are humans.
Turtles and their eggs are incredibly valuable on the black market. Eggs are sold for medicinal purposes, and are often considered a delicacy. Nesting green turtle females are regularly slaughtered for their meat, and sold by poachers looking to make money.
This project aims to reverse this trend by monitoring local sea turtle activity and conserving the local nesting sites. Since its inception, the project has released over 94,000 hatchlings that may otherwise have been poached or killed.”

You can read all about the programme and other amazing voluntouring opportunities on Responsible travel’s website.

If you do choose to fly to your holiday destination, please do try to avoid flying with Air France.  Air France is the only Airline that transport monkeys for medical experiments. Medical experiments above all, has to be stopped and we can help stop this, by making sure the labs do not have any monkeys to experiment on.
If you can handle it, please check out this horrible video below, where an undercover PETA investigator recorded the torture of lab experiments.

We hope you have been inspired to go Ethical for the first time, or continuing your ethical travels perhaps with a new angle.

Have a lovely holiday.

Sunshine wishes from

Beyond Skin

 

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