KSKYE EyewearSydney, Australia – Sydney-based fashion footwear label KeilanaSkye becomes Australia’s first established leather fashion label to rebrand its product lines to become ethical and cruelty free.

Having only created high-end fashion footwear using various leathers, founder and designer Candy Maaka-Stoten said, “It has been a long time coming. I started eating an organic and vegan diet 3 years ago and really wanted KeilanaSkye to follow suit. I wanted to rebrand back then, but it was a decision that had to be executed correctly and over time. Throughout this time, I have been able to learn about alternative, eco materials, as my specialty was with leather. I was also able to find new manufacturers, who I have been liaising with over the past year.”

Now operating under KSKYE, it’s an eco-vegan fashion label, specializing in unisex eyewear and fashion footwear for men and women.

KSKYE Eyewear is designed using eco materials, such as sustainable woods and bamboo, upcycled woods, eco-dyes, and eco-glues, with minimal use of metal.

KSKYE Footwear is also designed using eco-vegan and upcycled materials and will be released as Part II in 2015.

“Rebranding has been a huge and costly task. But my heavy use of leather was something I was not proud of and now my designs reflect my ethics and my way of life. Eco-fashion needs to look good and that’s what I’m aiming to do with KSKYE.”

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