Author: Lady Ashley

Kat von D Shoes

Kat von D Shoes

Last day in Florence, working alongside my vegan-sister: @minkshoes – whom I’ve proudly partnered with to create #VonDshoes! ????

Kat has given us some excitement in her new line of shoes this week! We first got a sneak peak of the line back in January. So where are these shoes being made? As you all know they are VEGAN! in Mid-September Kat has posted she was on her way to Italy (with Mom Von D) to the factory that will be making her shoes. From there we found out it was being made by Mink shoes. Who are Mink? Here is what their site says:

MINK SHOES

Mink is a vegan shoe line that sidesteps leather for eco-friendly, animal-free materials. It has rapidly outpaced all its competitors in the arena of “green” footwear. Mink shoes are made in the same prized Italian factories that produce Christian Louboutin, Chanel, Jimmy Choo, Dolce and Gabbana and more all without harming animals people or the planet. Every new style is perfected in fit, look and quality before even being considered for production. Each shoe is hand crafted by 4th and 5th generation shoe masters.

Three years of development went into the first collection. Mink shoes are assembled using materials from sustainable resources such as wood, cork, bamboo, non animal glue, vegetable resins, organic and recycled fabrics. Every pair of Mink Shoes has a personality of its own with each shoe named after the animal that inspired its creation. Since its launch in 2004 Mink has been featured in numerous press and adorned the feet of the most famous women in the world.

Dazzling and unabashedly sexy, Mink shoes effortlessly reflect Rebecca’s own sensibilities with their effervescent glamour and towering heels, which effectively elongate a woman’s legs and give her a confident posture. But perhaps more importantly, the line proves Rebecca’s conviction that a non-leather alternative can outperform traditional shoes. Machine-tested for durability, Mink shoes outlast their conventional counterpart thanks to Italian engineering.

Handmade in limited production; Mink is the highest quality vegan shoe available.
[read more here]

here are some details as of September 19th, 2017:
•aiming to launch VonD shoes early 2018
•yes, I’ll be making sizes ranging from 5-12
•yes, I’ll be including several unisex designs for all my homeboys [including sneakers, combat boots, slip ons + creepers]
•yes, VonD shoes will be sold/shipped internationally
•yes, I’m making flats, too!
•no, VonD shoes will not be made up of any animal-harming material [this includes sourcing out substitutes for leather, reptile, wool, silk, fur, feathers, and animal based adhesives.
•yes, we have ethically sourced synthetic/organic/recycled materials, and I’m excited to share with you some of these innovative fabrics that are gonna blow your mind!
•pricing: as always, I aim to make #crueltyfree + #vegan products that are accessible + affordable. With that said, these shoes are not made in China, and instead are handcrafted by artisan manufacturers. Made with love + care here in Italy. So no, they ain’t gonna be as cheap as Payless Shoes, but they aren’t gonna be Rodeo Drive prices either.

Here is a little time line of being introduced to Von D Shoes from January-September


Finally turned in all the content for my #vegan shoe line I plan on launching this year! Now maybe my office can go from looking like a serial [shoe] killer’s place back to normal. For now.

[been listening to “Mind Idea” by Jeremy Enigk on repeat for the past week, so figured it would be good to add it to this vid]

video: @sweetsaltproductions

[January 18th, 2017]

Then we didn’t hear anything until July when she posted

MY NEW #VEGAN SHOE LINE IS COMING TO LIFE! ❤️🙃👠 The first round of prototypes just arrived to my house – here’s a tiny little sneak peek of 1 out of the 26 styles I’ll be launching with! To all my dear vegan + non-vegan friends, thank you for being so patient! I know how hard it is to find high-quality shoes with style that aren’t made from animal leather, fur, or use glues derived from horses+cows, and that you can afford! I’ve been working hard on getting these shoes perfect for you and hoping to launch the collection at the end of the year! And don’t worry, they’re not all going to be sky-high platforms – I got every style and sizes covered [including a few unisex pieces 👫]❤️ #comingsoon #vegan #crueltyfree [song: “butterfly caught” by massive attack] [July 5th, 2017]

Mid September she flew to Italy to take a look at her shoes and gave us some sneak peeks!

Day 1 of working on my upcoming #vegan shoe collection. Sizing up heels for this pair of post-apocalyptic asymmetrical vegan-leather heels I designed. ?? #VonDshoes #comingsoon

Crystallized. Geometric. Sculpted custom heels. ???? Seriously can’t wait to finally launch this shoe line! #VonDshoes #comingsoon #vegan

Sneak peek of the back-zipped moto-boot I designed. This is just a prototype, so there’s still a few adjustments [like adding a bit more height so it reaches slightly above the shin]. The top portion folds down if you wanna be all pirate about it. And man! Can I just say this vegan-leather is not only durable as fuck, but hugs your ankles in all the right places. I’m gonna be wearing the hell outta these! ?? #VonDshoes #comingsoon #vegan #crueltyfree

Day 2 of working on my upcoming #vegan shoe line. ?? #VonDshoes #comingsoon

Can we take a moment to appreciate how fucking sexy this heel turned out?! ?? This is a pair of concealed-platform spectator heels I designed for my #vegan shoe line. Glossy black patent leather detail on matte black leather [non-animal based, of course!] #VonDshoes #comingsoon

Facebook Live with Nathan Runkle

Facebook Live with Nathan Runkle

Today Kat did a live with Nathan Runkle who found Mercy for Animals. Make sure to take a look at their website!

Here are some websites mentioned in the video:
ChooseVeg.com was mentioned for recipes
Prevent Cruelty California was mentioned for the signatures needed

Some Documentaries mentioned:
Forks over Knives
Specieism
check out the rest in this post [x]

Here is the Facebook live

Saint & Sinner Videos

Saint & Sinner Videos

Within the last two days Kat has published two videos relating to the Saint & Sinner Launch. One was Behind the Scenes and the other was the video she has shown at the launch party

PAPARAZZI: July 30th

PAPARAZZI: July 30th

Kat Von D arrives at ‘Gracias Madre’ in West Hollywood with Dad von D


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Stop Animal Cruelty

Stop Animal Cruelty

If you haven’t heard, Narcissists have decided to sell in China. I first heard of the China law in Kat’s video she had done some time ago where she talks on why she will NEVER sell there even though she was offered too and the kinda market and money that can be made. [watch video here]

here is what Kat had posted today:

I don’t normally post graphic images on my Instagram, but due to the terrible news we all got this week when @narsissist announced they’ve decided to start testing their cosmetics on animals, it wouldn’t feel right not to say SOMETHING. I was so sad to hear this news because for years I’ve supported NARS beauty products because they were one of the few artistry brands that didn’t test on animals, and now I am so confused/heartbroken that after all these years they would choose a paycheck over compassion.
The images that I chose to post on this album are mild in comparison to the typical types of testing that @narsissist will now be implementing on all their products. This unnecessary cruelty is what you will be supporting every time you purchase one of their products [as well as any other company that CHOOSES to test on animals – because it is a choice]. So after reading @narsissist cop-out of a statement, I’d like to say this to them: Using the excuse that you want to elevate artistry, is complete bullshit when it comes at this price. You are NOT at the “forefront” of making change when you consciously choose to test on animals. There are already non-animal tests that give far more accurate results than testing on animals and supporting that horrible billion dollar industry is criminal. Shame on you for hiding behind such a false marketing statement in order to line your pockets, while countless animals suffer.
Please reconsider selling in China until the animal testing laws change. Until then, I along with many true animal lovers will gladly boycott your products.#fuckanimaltesting #crueltyfree#crueltyfreebeauty#animalrights#animalliberation

If you have been following Kat you know she has a passion for animal equality and is vegan herself. She is not afraid on speaking on the subject and is also working on a project with Shaun Monson, who Kat has mentioned that Earthlings is something everybody should watch watch. She has also noted Cowspiracy and What the Health are documentaries she wish everybody would see [click the titles to see the trailers]
Check out a playlist I have created at KVDU YouTube for movies Kat recommends: Kat’s Vegan Shows Recommendations 

EARTHLINGS [full documentary]

Kat has also graced the cover of Laika Magazine where her compassion filled her eyes and can see the love she has for them. She also has done a collaboration with iAnimal:

Her love and will to change peoples view is very inspiring and admirable. She has inspired me and I know she has inspired many others. I hope Narcissist will change their minds and stay cruelty free instead of being the exact definition of what they call themselves as a company:

  1. a person who has an excessive interest in or admiration of themselves.
    “narcissists who think the world revolves around them”

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