When I started writing this post, I suddenly realized I didn’t know what Cri de Coeur actually meant. “Cry from the heart,” says the Merriam Webster dictionary. Made sense once I knew, as my own internal organ throbs at the very site of this line!
Founded in 2007 by Gina Ferraraccio, who’d been interning at Anna Sui and Bergdorf Goodman, as well as for a private label lingerie line, Ferracraccio gained valuable real-world fashion and business experience before launching her Cri de Coeur vegan shoe line in 2008.
In 2009, (now co-designer) Julie Dicterow began working for the label and after only a few months, realized that the two girls were a force to be reckoned with in terms of sustainable shoe design and forward fashion.
Press and buyers around the world recognized their potential too and heralded the debut collection. Like a fairytale right? Well, sometimes these things happen.
Cri de Coeur is now noted by many as a top-quality vegan shoe line with which, according to their site, “Ladies around the globe can create eco-luxe looks in no time flat. Pairing deftly with everything from cocktail dresses to skinny jeans, Cri de Coeur shoes embody effortless chic.”
I love all the color in their spring line and especially am very fond of the fact they recently launched a diffusion line for the “Budget fashionista” called “Hearts of Darkness” with every shoe retailing under $100.
Designers Gina Ferraraccio and Julie Dicterow
A “Cry from the heart?” Ferraraccio and Dicterow say the name symbolizes their heartfelt desire to change the face of the fashion footwear market: “Cri de Coeur provides stylish, contemporary women’s footwear that is ethically produced from start to finish.”
Feel like slipping on a pair Cinderella? Well come to EcoSalon Shops! event and you’ll get your chance (not to mention meeting the fabulous designers).