Alice Lambert-Gorwyn, a fourth-year fashion student at Leeds University, has been named winner of an international vegan footwear-design contest organized by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Beyond Skin. Television personality Laura Whitmore, one of the judges, dubbed Lambert-Gorwyn’s faux-leather and imitation-exotic-skin pump “slick and sophisticated” and noted that it had the superior shoe construction. “I truly believe that the future of fashion lies in sustainable, cruelty-free materials, and companies like Beyond Skin and organizations like PETA are leading the way in creating awareness,” Whitmore says in a statement. “For someone who loves fashion and cares about animals, the great news is that from the catwalk to the high street, the availability of clothes and shoes made from faux leather and faux suede is on the rise.”
Lambert-Gorwyn’s winning design will debut as part of Beyond Skin’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection, which in accordance with the shoe company’s ethos will only comprise animal-free, recyclable materials.
Lambert-Gorwyn’s winning design will debut as part of Beyond Skin’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection.
“I am extremely passionate about animal welfare,” she says. “I am a vegetarian and have recently made the decision to stop buying leather…I would love in the future to work for an ethical company, and this competition seemed like a great stepping stone and a fantastic platform to raise awareness of such an important issue.”