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In our last post we unleashed some dark truths about how leather is made. Continuing that conversation, we bring to you the other side of that same coin. Be warned, it’s not a pretty read but such is reality.
The slaughterhouses are not just issues for animal lovers and environmentalists; they have also become a bane for the locals.Laxity for rules has led to the development of poor sanitary conditions in the slaughterhouses as well as the areas around them. Even after employing special sanitary workers, the houses are in a state of utter disgust.
Due to customary practices, animals are skinned on the floor, where there is a high probability of contaminating the meat. Also, the hides and the hoofs are not immediately disposed after their removal. Apart from these, one can also find dung and blood just lying around. As a result, there is a horrible stench emanating from these places. This makes it impossible for the locals to walk around without covering their noses.
Another major environmental concern is the disposal of waste water. Water from slaughter houses is full of pollutants that goes straight through the normal drainage system albeit there are government norms prohibiting such a practice. As a result, drains always smell and are filled with filth. This often chokes them up and jeopardizes the water system of the whole area. Clogged and dirty drains also provide a breeding ground for diseases.
Still thinking about that leather tote bag or those heels or suede loafers ? We can see heads shaking. At Kanabis, we are doing our bit by voicing our support for not just the animals but also for the people, our kin, suffering because of these. Are you doing yours?
Love. Peace. Vegan.
Content courtesy: Khushi Jain
A voice against Animal Slaughter
Leather is a fashion statement for many of us, but are we really aware about the harsh and dark realities that exist before it reaches us, in the form of a new pair of shoes, bag or belt? A large number cows, sheep, goats are tortured in unimaginable conditions and killed everyday, just for their skin, just for fashion.
A majority of them are slaughtered in developing countries like India, because the animal welfare laws here are just not- enforced. They are treated horribly, kept in deplorable conditions and exploited to their limit. In India, a shocking PETA investigation found that it is a common practice- for slaughterhouse workers to break the tails of cows and rub chili peppers and tobacco in their eyes, so that they can walk, even in an exhausted state, often to their final doom.
The irony is that the treatment of cows is amongst the cruelest right here in India; the same India that elevates the cow to the holiest of statuses. Sad, but true.
Sadly, the horror story, doesn’t end here. Since killing healthy young cattle is illegal in India, many slaughterhouses resort to deliberately cripple and maim them. These poor calves are not given food; their legs are broken; their spirits shattered. They are intentionally exposed to poison and other harmful substances to reduce their ability to survive. All so that they become the shiny new thing in our wardrobes.
The story of illegal slaughterhouses has become a political hot potato. The number of these hidden killing booths and their shocking & intensely inhumane practices are alarming the country. In addition by being part of the illegal trade, the black money generated is astronomical, which is further used to fund the greed and corruption in our society.
Each pair of leather shoes is often associated with a sad story of a poor animal who had no choice. But there is a silver lining, because we can choose for ourselves. We have a choice – and we can choose the humane way that acknowledges our part in this world. And our little choices can have big impacts.
And while we at Kanabis are all about the style and latest trends, what motivates us the most is that we are part of this choice. Slip into our Kanabis shoes and help make fashion a little more ethical with us 🙂
Don’t we often find ourselves drooling over a beautiful pair of heels but our feet secretly cringe with the fear of pain, sweat, corns and worst of all injury from a fall? Yikes!
Sweat not, we have some amazing heels hacks which are going to make your experience an amazing one
1. TAPE YOUR FINGERS
If you have broad feet and pumps or peep-toes cause you pain, just tape your third and fourth finger together using a nude medical tape and you are bound to see the difference. (Technical trivia- taping them together reduces the strain on the nerve that is between those two fingers)
2. MAKE YOUR FEET SWEAT-PROOF
Feet sweating causes bad odor and ankle straps start slipping- double whammy! For maintaining the odor the simplest hack is your very own sanitizer, just put it on the soles of your feet and feel fresh as mist all day long!
3. TEA-BAGS: THE SAVIOUR
Who would have thought that used tea bags could also come handy? Just dry your used tea bags and put it in your heels overnight to kill the odor. You and your friend’s nose can thank us later!
4. STRETCH YOUR HEELS
Have wide feet and have to literally stuff them into those beloved heels? Did you know that your blow dryer is truly versatile? Just wear thick woolen socks in your tight pumps. Aim your blow dryer at your problem areas. Flex while you stretch and see the miracle!
5. FREEZE YOUR HEELS
Heels in your freezer may not float everyone’s boat but desperate times call for desperate measures?! Just fill two bags halfway with lukewarm water and seal it well. Put in your heels and freeze overnight. Remove them gently from your shoes next morning and keep it at room temperature for just an hour. Job done!
Last but the not the least, buy a comfortable pair that gives you ample cushion, has a durable anti-skid sole and most importantly fits you well. If the toes are curling, heel is hurting, pinkie finger is getting squished, heels are wobbly- ditch it. Stay comfy, stay chic -try a pair of Kanabis wedges and enjoy the new high over heels!
As my internship draws to a close and I reflect back on all I have learned, I realize what an excellent experience this has been. I gathered much knowledge in the classroom, but a hands-on approach has been invaluable.
I interned with Kanabis from Jan-April and the experience has been incredible. From e-commerce to marketing to customer service I’ve learnt it all. I got to learn a lot about the footwear industry and how a start-up works. Eventually I wish to start my own business and I am sure that this experience would definitely help me in the future.
The people at Kanabis were wonderful. My Boss/Mentor is one of the sweetest people I know. I admire her love and enthusiasm towards her work. The other employees were also very kind and helpful. Even though I was just an intern, my opinions on a particular matter were considered which made me feel more involved.
The whole experience at Kanabis has been delightful, not to forget the free pair of Kanabis is cherry on the cake!
Thank you Team K for the amazing experience and I wish you all the very best for the new collection and many more to come in future!
Summer means a total re-vamp of your wardrobe. And by now, you must have packed away your dark colours, heavy fabrics, woolen socks and boots to make way for pastels, light fabrics, bright pops of colour, prints and all things summer.
The soaring temperatures call for cool, comfortable and casual gears. Any outfit, summer or otherwise, isn’t complete without a fab pair of shoes to compliment it. Yes ladies, we hear ya!
Here’s a lowdown of our latest collection so you’re all set for a stylish summer!
Be My Bow sneakers: sworn to sneakers for life eh? We bring them in style with bows on. Wear these with denim shorts or skater skirt, a solid blouse, with some fun accessories for a trendy look. Be cute, be chic, be comfy! Available in blue (denim), black and white.
Tassel Tales: From printed cotton skirts, with yards of flirty fabric, to asymmetrical kerchief dresses. It’s the season for straps and laces. Unleash the gypsy in you with tassels on your feet that sway with each step. And what better way to flaunt your freshly pedicured and painted nails than strappy sandals! Available in beige and white.
Open back sneakers: let your heel not feel the heat this season with our open back sneakers! Whether your style is sporty, chic, feminine or contemporary, these can be paired with pretty much everything. Available in white and nude. Launching real soon, stay tuned with www.kanabis.in
Our customers often ask us if Kanabis shoes can be cleaned and how to go about it. Our first advise, in ‘shoe-doctor’ syntax is that just like everything else shoes need maintenance.
If you are a goody good shoe-carer and it annoys you to see stains or dirt on your shoes, then here are some simple hacks to help clean your shoes and give them a new life!
Clean the canvas uppers
All you need:
Steps to clean:
1) Mix detergent in a bucket of water
2) Take the brush and dip it in the detergent water
3) Scrub on the dirty canvas with the brush
4) Wash it with warm clean water
5) Leave it to dry in the sun
Clean the Jute wedges/heels
All you need:
1) Upholstery cleaner
2) Baby toothbrush
Steps to clean:
1) Select an upholstery cleaner and check its label for any precaution or fabric avoiders (non rinsing cleaners are recommended)
2) Dip the toothbrush in the upholstery cleaner
3) Use the tooth brush to scrub off the stains on the material of the shoe
4) Repeat until the shoe is stain free
5) Allow the shoes to air dry under the sun
Last but not the least,
Clean the sole ( & soul too!)
All you need:
1) Sneaker cleaner/Shoe shampoo (easily available online)
2) Cleaning cloth
Steps to Clean:
1) Spray the shampoo on the sole
2) Wipe it off with a cleaning cloth till clean and dry
3) Job done
You’ve got your shoes a new life and a new sole for a new you! Enjoy wearing them and stay tuned with Kanabis!
As a child I remember I would walk out in the newly bought pair from the store and get my old pair packed. You did that too, (or still do) right? Did I really care about the shoe box? Meh…It took starting and running a shoe business to learn some of life’s precious lessons!
1. Beauties need to be boxed- Always Always Always keep the shoes back in boxes. They are happy when they are home ☺
2. Shoe stuffings & holder sticks, the best friends- keep those to retain the shape of the upper.
3. Dust it off – at the end of the day wipe all the dry dirt off from your shoes. Just dusting it off avoids the dust to settle and find a permanent home.
4. Time for some TLC- when you are travelling, if boxes are too big, carry shoes in shoe bags- lay them in opposite direction to avoid the disappointment of seeing a bump or a break.
After a point, they might need a wash or a clean, check out our next blog post to get the low-down on that. Stay tuned!
The life of a shoe doesn’t start from the day it is purchased from the store. It starts with an idea that surfaced a long time ago. An idea that could take the stores by storm, an idea that could benefit both consumers and the animal kingdom, an idea that could make an impact.
Forecasting the trend of the upcoming season is the most crucial step. What style, colour, pattern, shape will it be? These decisions shape the future of the product and the brand. This is when the team finalises the look of the product and sends it for sampling. Sampling brings your imagination to life and just like real life it ain’t easy! It requires lots of running around, sourcing material, chasing vendors, feedbacks until we are satisfied with the prototype.
Then the next set of decision variables- forecasting the demand, size requirements and so on…Finally the bulk production starts! This takes time. During this period we work on the marketing strategies- social media promotion, collaborations, events, sales, cataloging etc. Once the finished products reach our warehouse, we are busy with sales and distribution. Challenges come through every single day but that is part of the package! For anything to grow, one will always face difficulties and that’s exactly what is making Kanabis stronger each day.
And within no time the cycle starts again, from an idea…
How many of us think of which shoes to wear first then choose rest of the outfit? I put my hand up and I’m confident that I’m not alone in this ‘But, First the Shoes’ world. And we do spend an inordinate amount of time looking for shoes, matching them with our outfits, or deciding a look based on the shoes that we want to wear.
Somehow the tides of fashion have always flown in the direction of high heels to accentuate the slender length of a woman’s leg. While heels are objects women lust after, the flats are really the best friends that come handy on a daily basis. Over the last few years, wearing flats became cool. Fashion is no longer about towering in sky highs, but about being comfy in flats. Enter Sneakers!
From white and black sneakers that have dominated runways for last few months to French vintage prints (think florals and pastels), sneakers are the new trend and here to stay. They offer ample support, don’t pinch or hurt you feet, can be worn for a night out just as easily as for a day at work.
So go ahead and treat your feet, pick up a pair of Kanabis sneakers and stay fashion forward!
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Animal meat has been a part of the human diet long before we understood cultivation of plants and food grains. Animal husbandry was one of the prime professions before industrialisation. While raising animals for food and dairy is a need that most people can wrap their head around, animal lovers have a hard time understanding the need to skin animals for the sake of fashion. Leather, crocodile hide, furs, elephant hide, and snake-skin made in to shoes, gloves, purses, coats are endorsed by celebrities and coveted by the masses.
We at Kanabis believe that change can happen one shoe at a time. Shoes that are cruelty free.
There are many wonderful organisations that are making a difference to the way we treat animals- PETA with its SayNotoLeather campaigns and BSPCA that rescues injured or ill-treated animals. YODA – Youth Organisation in Defence of Animals is trying to induce compassion towards animals by taking canine experts and dogs to schools, interacting with kids and teaching them the joy of loving animals.
In addition to this they also have a shelter where rescued dogs and cats find treatments and homes. Pet lovers have the option of adopting four legged babies and giving them loving homes. About a year and a half ago, someone we know adopted an adorable Lhasa Apso, who was rescued from a family who had too many dogs and not enough resources to take care of all of them. The story started with a social media post from YODA about a litter of Lhasa pups that needed homes, and our friend who has wanted a pet for the last 20 years, picked up the phone and spoke with the lady who runs YODA.
The background of the pup and location was shared, along with the fact that the current owners were being pressured by YODA to give up the animals or face dire legal consequences, due to the condition the animals were in.YODA also enquired about her background, living space, prior pets etc. She went to see the pups and later described that there were 7 dogs, 2 adults (male and female) and 5 puppies, who were locked in a garage with little food, no lights or fan, some water and hardly any human interaction. Their condition was appalling to the least. The owner hemmed and hawed before he agreed to give her one pup.
Once the pup had been recused, YODA recommended a groomer to shave the pup down since he was infected with ticks and fleas, and a doctor for a check-up and de-worming. They called regularly for the next week to check up on the well-being of the dog, and then went to her house for a visit, to see how the little one was adjusting. They also made her sign an undertaking to neuter the dog at the right age. They also popped in a few times since for surprise visits to ensure that the dog is healthy and happy.
And this is just one of many stories about happy adoptions. If you’re here on the Kanabis website, apart from a shoe-lover, you might be an animal lover too! If you are ever looking for a pet, please adopt don’t buy. Wherever you maybe, there are shelters who take in abandoned animals who need homes. Ask around, go online, and find your four legged furry friend whose life you can help improve.
We all need to do our part.