Photograph by Dimitri Newman
It’s fashion conscious to be environmentally conscious—witness the recent uproar over Reese Witherspoon sporting an outlawed python purse. Fish skin, a discarded by-product of the canning industry, is the leather accessory du jour: It’s shiny and recyclable. High-end designers like Manolo Blahnik, who recently collaborated on a tilapia skin sandal, are stressing the material’s sustainability. Plus, who couldn’t use a little more Omega-3?
SHOE IN: Designer Marianne Kooimans chose perch skin to accent her gold lace-up stilettos. $525 at Koko Venice, Venice, 310-392-7770. OFF THE CUFF: Fendi’s “Chameleon” bracelet in stingray, a close relative of the shark, makes a statement. $1,245 by special order at Fendi, Beverly Hills, 310-786-8269. SHINE ON: Kelly Locke used glazed tilapia leather for his “Mimi” clutch. $610 at Arcade Boutique, West Hollywood, 323-944-0018.