Any woman—and man, for that matter—who knows a thing or two about fashion is very familiar with the ‘Made in Italy’ label. Stroll into Selfridges or Harrods; and the number of designer leather goods, from handbags to shoes, jackets to belts, emblazoned with this tag is innumerable. But while design and manufacturing may have been carried out in Rome or Milan, where the skin comes from may be an entirely different story.
Every year, more than 1 billion animals are slaughtered just by the leather industry. A lot of them come from China and India, two countries that have repeatedly flouted ethical laws and procedures against animal abuse. Cows, horses, pigs—these helpless animals live under cruel conditions just so someone in London, New York, or Seoul can tote the latest It bag or strut around in a pair of leather shoes.
The brains behind NAK have a difficult time accepting such facts. Why should animals suffer for mankind’s greed and pleasure? Why should a defenceless calf be brutally killed for a pair of shoes?
It is precisely this guiding principle that encouraged us to set up NAK. By crafting our footwear out of a micro fibre that looks and feels like leather, we hope to do our part in the fight against animal cruelty and abuse, one Italian-made pair at a time.