Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Designer Focus - Elizabeth Olsen of olsen Haus

The other day I was flipping through a new magazine and came upon an article featuring these really cool shoes. They were graphic and eccentric with a sexy, sometimes 80s vibe to them. I love the delicate shapes and unique use of color and mixed materials.

I hadn't heard of the designer before, Elizabeth Olsen, so I decided to check out her label olsen Haus. The site featured her online look book for Fall 08 - Spring 09 and I was smitten by a whole slew of her pieces.

Check them out:

Pretty neat, huh?
I really liked her "mixed media" techniques and the metallic paint splatter styles. The shoes appeal to my classic shape but unique materials style.
What's even better????
Surprising I know. But it shouldn't be, right?
It's great that we're seeing more and more stylish cruelty-free options. I know this is something I struggle with as we've been changing our lifestyle. Either the shoes/accessories are too "casual" or they are kind of pricey. I applaud designers and companies like Stella McCartney and Te Casan with the Natalie Portman collection to bring a more designer look to this arena. But the prices have been exorbitant.
I still like pretty shoes and want pretty shoes. I'll probably still buy shoes that are not 100% vegan. But as the vegan options grow, I'm seeing more great styles I like. Like these.

And I feel
Elizabeth is living her beliefs in an authentic way. She is committed to seeing and being a change in the world. How can I not want to support that?
So yes, these shoes support our beliefs (I like putting my money towards companies I am aligned with) but, heck!. these are just hot shoes.
olsen Haus shoes, these styles and more, can be purchased online and stores around the world.


Ashe Mischief said...

Damn those are hot.

jinnan-tonnyx said...

I really love the shape of the closed toe ones!

Courtney said...

Love those shoes - it's great to see some cute vegan shoes :) Thanks for the post!

DivaShoeFetish said...

Great site, I like the yellow pair with the splash of white paint.

LightStealer said...

They're all nice, but pair in picture 9 I just luv them!

jerry said...

o ya i love this trend!

Michelle said...

I LOVE the very last pair! The contrast is awesome!

I also love that vegan shoes have now become so pretty, too!

I found a site,
that has some really cute styles as well!

Michelle said...

Great looking shoes!

Another great site for vegan shoes is

Not only do they have great looking shoes, they also have great looking boots and handbags!

AND one more reason to check them out is that they are running a free Shoes for a Year sweepstakes, good now through December 5.

The lucky winner gets a free pair of shoes every month for all of 2009. Entries are made each time a purchase is made, however no purchase is necessary. Anyone can go to the site to enter ONCE at . They won't accept duplicate entries at this address, however.