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Carl Blanche in Footwear Fashion


CARL BLANCHE has studied and trained as a shoemaker in Copenhagen and graduated from Cordwainers at London College of Fashion in 2015 with a Marsters in fashion footwear. 
He has a strong focus on the craftsmanship of shoemaking, and his designs often show a direct link to the shoemaking traditions of the 1920’s and 1930’s.



His collection Origin Assured? (made in collaboration with Kopenhagen Fur and Great Greenland) is about how fur is seen in today’s fashion landscape, and is about pushing the boundaries of what is understood as sustainable fashion and the origin of materials. 

When it comes to the origin of materials, very rarely does the end customer know what tannery the leather comes from, or under which conditions the animals lived before they became the shoes just purchased. This collection highlights that lack of knowledge, and forces people question what they think they know about certain materials like leathers, skins and furs.

This project is not only about the origin of materials, but also about Carl’s origin and Danish heritage, the concept of national costume, and his origin as a person and a designer/maker.

Origin Assured? draws inspiration from traditional furrier making techniques, and Greenlandic national costume and the nature of Greenland. It makes use of a wide range of materials from mink, goat and seal fur to elephant and eel skin

Fur Industry News - Worldwide
by RB Media Group
Posted: June 29, 2016

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