Last night I popped along to The Hoxton Gallery for the UK launch event of People Footwear. Their Spring/Summer 2016 line will be their first collection available within the UK – the products are due to be rolled out online and across select retailers next month.
As you may have gathered, this month I’m participating in Veganuary, so a launch event for a Vegan footwear line which promised Vegan food and beer was pretty perfect!
Obviously I’ll start with the shoes. People Footwear originated in Vancouver with the intention to produce ‘the next generation of classic casual footwear’. Not only are their products Vegan and their manufacturing cruelty-free, but they have even been recognised by PETA!
Let’s face it, it’s pretty obvious by now that I’m quite partial to a bit of leather in my wardrobe, and that extends to pretty much all my footwear. Even my favourite Vans are mock croc leather, although I do have some canvas Star Wars and Disney ones. So I was maybe a little unsure as to how I’d feel about a Vegan footwear line. I mean, when you say Vegan footwear, Crocs are what springs to mind, haha!
But I was pleasantly surprised. The designs were, for the most part, pretty simple. But what makes People Footwear stand out from the numerous other companies offering similar silhouettes are the fabrics. These are clearly synthetic, innovative, high tech materials. Shiny canvas style finishes, printed polyester, super breathable polyester knits (trademarked as ‘DreamKnit’) and in a wide range of colours and prints. Very sports luxe.
And I didn’t expect them to be so light! All People Footwear products have soles made using ‘SkyLite’, Peoples trademarked rubberized foam, which apparently ‘provides the optimal balance of support, cushion, and lightweight performance’.
People Footwear like their fancy trademarked words for their materials and manufacturing techniques, as you may already have noticed! As well as the previously mentioned DreamKnit and SkyLite, they use ‘Supercrush’ shock absorbing sock liners and ‘Ezy-Brzy’ construction which combines 3D printing with mesh fabric. Ever since I went to the Wonderluk 3D printed jewellery launch, I’ve been meaning to look more into 3D printing in fashion, so the Ezy-Brzy intrigued me.
Take a look at the FAQ section of their website for more info on their materials and manufacturing.
With their futuristic fabrics and finishes, and lightweight construction, the shoes are very on trend, and I imagine they’d be a dream to wear in Summer! I quite fancy a pair of the block coloured pastel Stanley Knits for everyday wear.
So this is awkward. The invitation promised food from Vegan Hippo, which I was quite excited about, as they were on my list of places to try for Veganuary. But Vegan Hippo apparantly didn’t show up, leaving People Footwear without catering. Not very impressive and puts me off visiting their restaurant if I’m honest.
I didn’t hang around too long, as I had a gig to go to as well that night, but I’m told by Luisa, who also attended and whose post about the event you can read here that People placed a massive Dominos Pizza order for everyone!
Drinks were kindly provided by Northern Monk Brew Co (and they were Vegan!). I tried the Eternal Session IPA, a strong, hoppy tasting blonde ale with a citrus tang. I think it may be an acquired taste, but I liked it. And if that wasn’t your thing, you could go for cans of gin instead, which is always a winner!
It was a great little event, very trendy, thanks for having me People!
All photos my own.