Amber Valletta is on a mission to make fashion more sustainable.
The model and actress, 46, has long been an environmental activist and was recently named British Vogue’s first-ever contributing sustainability editor.
As part of her new job, she will be writing articles and opinion pieces for the magazine and hopes to style an editorial spread in the near future, Valletta told Page Six Style on Tuesday at an event for Rothy’s, the sustainable shoe brand that recently expanded into handbags.
The new styles include catchalls, cross-body bags and totes priced from $65 to $350; like the company’s Meghan Markle-approved footwear, they’re made from recycled plastic and are machine washable, making them an ideal alternative to the single-use plastic bags New York has now banned.
“I think it’s a great step, but I think there’s a lot more that needs to be done environmentally,” Valletta told us of the new state law. “Yes, I applaud New York for doing that, but these little things like plastic straws and plastic bags — it’s huge and it’s important, but let’s not forget the power that the governments have … and the obligation they have to us to do more than just ban plastic bags.”
In her own home, the Master & Muse founder said she always reuses textiles as cleaning rags or as filler in her dog’s bed, repurposes nearly all glass bottles and even gifts friends the compost she keeps under her kitchen sink.
As for the fashion industry at large, the model — who walked the runway at the Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen and Isabel Marant fashion shows in London and Paris this season — says major structural change is in order.
She would like to see companies start by “making the supply chain as modern and robust and fair and fun for everybody” as possible, adding that she’s hopeful “that more people will be paid fairly, more people will be treated fairly who make our clothes and that we’ll continue to thrive and be able to be dressed fabulously — not be wearing weird creepy uniforms because we didn’t modernize.”
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