Lets make vegan shoes together!
Mink is an ultra-luxe collection of Italian-made vegan shoes. Mink believes that you do not need give up quality, fit, creativity or style to be vegan. Minks mission is dedicated to leading the fashion industry into an era of responsibility towards animals, people and the planet!
Rebecca Mink founded Mink in the year 2000 with a simple vision.
To change the way people see leather shoes. Leather shoes are not better then non leather. It is a misconception... an old school thought process embedded in our minds!
Mink is made from the highest quality 100% Italian non animal components and fabrics. All materials are carefully chosen by Rebecca for their unique look, durability, eco properties, and factory conditions. Mink is dedicated to producing the highest quality vegan shoe without having to compromise. Why choose between being vegan and looking great? Mink makes it possible to be both.
Mink is in a battle to get vegan shoes on as many people as possible. Rebecca Mink will never give up. However, with long lead times for payment, stocking everyone's sizes, and the large shoe companies that Mink competes with it is a steep uphill battle. The truth is Mink needs your support. Over 14 years Mink has sold custom, grown to amazing boutiques, and even sold to the big boys at Zappos. All this done with a lot of passion, dedication, and confidence. Even with all this energy it has only allowed Mink to sustain at a certain level. The market is here!!! Mink gets requests from men and women all over the world daily looking for vegan shoes! Mink does not have the cash flow to keep up with the demand. Mink is poised ready and the market has arrived.
With your help we can make our next collection, expand to lower price points, and create more availability for vegan shoes worldwide. This will bring investor attention and we will take off. The time for vegan shoes is NOW!
Our new Indiegogo philosophy is the gather the people ..then build.
This is sustainable and your support will grow Mink into the next phase where it will surely become one of the top vegan lifestyle brands of our time. The Mink shoe is made in the same prized Italian factories as Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Dolce and Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and more. All without harming animals!
Mink is the next big thing in fashion. Join the movement! We need you to get there.
We are launching an Indiegogo campaign to push forward what we cannot do with a small team, limited cash flow, and infrastructure.
Mink can push forward what has never been done.
1) Gather - With pre-sales Mink can allow women to choose high quality vegan shoes delivered to their doorstep. Your size, your color, your favorite.
2) Support - We can make couture custom vegan shoes for men or women! What is your dream shoe? It does not have to be leather.
3) Give - Mercy For Animals ..Support their lifesaving work for the animals!
4) Receive - All animals will receive our respect and support. Show the world you care about animals by not wearing them. Be fashionably aware!
It really is true....
Mink is made in the same factories as all of the most respected brands in the world.
With no add campaigns, excess salaries, and overhead Mink can offer you an unbeatable price for an Italian made good. Rebecca Mink went to Italy in the year 2000 scouring the Tuscany region for the best shoe factories on the planet. Rebecca found them, built a longstanding relationship with them, and worked closely with them to create the best vegan shoe in the world.
It is not alway easy working in Italy. Sure there is great Pasta and wine, but Italians are stubborn in a good way! They are connected to tradition and the craft of making shoes with your hands. Rebecca Mink adores the love and pride they have for making shoes and wants to support them. Mink has stayed with Italian production because those working on the shoes care about the product, are treated properly, and they deliver impeccable perfection every delivery.
Mink has developed such a rapport with the great 4th and 5th generation Italian shoemaking artisans that we can offer custom couture shoes as well as production. Here is how the custom shoe works.
We measure your foot, create a mold or "last" (sanded to perfection), put it into a machine (like an MRI) to make a duplicate 100% recycled plastic mold with a hinge to perfect the fit. This is your own personal mold with your name on it. Then we can make you any shoe you want with your "last". Mink is the only brand in the world offering this white glove service to the vegan community.
Mink wants to get everyone an Italian shoe they can afford. At this time we are giving you $100 off all retail price of this collection in order to help! We are taking any profit and giving it directly to the amazing Mercy For Animals organization. We plan on lowering prices even more with expansion in the near future and your help. Simply put..Italian shoes cost more because they are better. Each shoe goes through a rigorous testing, development, and fit phase. You are getting the best!
PERK #1 $20 (10% to MFA)
We would like to cordially invite you to the hottest vegan shoe party in Venice Beach, Cali! We are planning on having a super launch party when we ship the clogs and everyone who contributes over $20 is invited!
BTW- We do not just party. We Gather and learn. We hold panels that educate people about animals and what they can do in their community to help and change. You can help choose the topic for the panel too! We will vote. Help Pit Bulls? Whales? Any ideas? Some examples Mink has had in the past were about "eco fashion" and local things we can to to help "cat rescue" organizations.
PERK #2 $25 (100% to MFA)
Mercy for animals
Mercy For Animals is dedicated to preventing cruelty to farmed animals and promoting compassionate food choices and policies.
MFA works to create a society in which all animals are treated with the respect and compassion they rightfully deserve, and serves as a voice for farmed animals through proactive consumer education initiatives, cruelty investigations, legal advocacy, and corporate outreach.
PERK #3 $50 (10% to MFA)
Mink has always made custom boxes in Italy each season. All made from recycled paper, printed with soy based ink, and recyclable. This glitter clog collection we decided to make a box with each and every name that helped us create the collection. Any donation over $50 and you will get your name on the Kitty Clog box! We will send you a box if you are not getting a shoe. Your name will be in vegan shoe history!!
PERK #4 $165 (10% to MFA)
GOLD OPEN TOE / PINK CLOSED TOE retail $265 now $165
PERK #5 $195 (10% to MFA)
BLUE OPEN TOE / BRONZE CLOSED TOE retail $295 now $195
PERK #6 $265 (10% to MFA)
BLACK OPEN TOE / WHITE CLOSED TOE retail $365 now $265
PERK #7 $295 (10% to MFA)
CUT OUT CLOG IN GREEN OR MIXED GLITTER retail $395 now $295
PERK #8 $1,000 (10% to MFA)
$1,000 worth of Mink shoes! You pick! Get the clogs, the next women's collection (coming out in Summer), or put toward custom shoe order.
Either way we know you will be happy!!
PERK #9 $2,500 (10% to MFA)
Custom made to order.
We work on your shoes for over 2 months! Here is what we do to make the shoe.
1) Sketch your dream shoe
2) Measure your foot
3) Make a mold or "last" carved in wood
4) Machine (like MRI) turns your mold into a 100% recycled plastic "last" with a hinge fr better fit and your name on it.
5) Mink makes your shoe and you own the "last" with your name and the shoe.
If you order additional shoes down the line they will be less expensive once your "last" is built. Custom Couture vegan shoes for men or women!
*some limitations due to custom nature
PERK #10 $5,000 (10% to MFA)
Visit our top Italin factories in the world!
1) Custom couture vegan shoes made for you.
*Same process as above
2) AND We will take you on a tour of the factory in Italy that produces the best shoes Christain Louboutin & Chanel!
Once in a lifetime opportunity!
*transportation and hotel not included
PERK #11 $7,500 (10% to MFA)
1) Custom Couture vegan shoes made for you.
*Same process as above
2) THEN we will take you all over the Tuscany region for 3 full days. Show you ITALIAN heel, sole, buckle, fabric, and shoe factories! Private tour of best restaurants and sights in Florence. Italian shoe vacation!!!
*transportation and hotel not included
PERK #12 $15,000 (10% to MFA & MORE!)
Support with your own shoe collection created by Mink for an animal welfare organization of your choice. You can have an entire custom shoe collection (2 male and 2 female) created especially to benefit your favorite animal organization!!!!
Ex) PIG & COW & CHICK collection for Mercy For Animals
Ex) ORCA collection for Sea Shepherd
Ex) BUNNY collection for PETA
.......and also own one shoe for yourself!
This is the ultimate. You will be able to have your own vegan shoe collection that gives straight back to the animal's. This will help 10% not for Mercy for animals and then we can give another 10% to the organization you choose to collaborate with. Also you are welcome to come to Italy to watch the shoes being made in person.
Mink has always had a dream of collaborating with an animal welfare organization and without the funds it has been impossible. You can make this possible!
Kitty litter clog collection delivery:
Lets make vegan shoes together NOW! If you order a pair you will be wearing them by Summer 2014. We have an agreement that even if we miss our goal (no way!) the Italian factories will support all of us and make the shoes we desire without minimums.
Custom shoe delivery:
If you make custom with us we will work with you on your schedule. It will take 2 months from when we establish the approved sketch to completion.
Join us in Italy..
Italian factory visits, shoe vacation packages, and for private collections for animal welfare organizations we will work out with your current schedule.
Rebecca Mink has never eaten an animal since age 4. Teh story is she was at a bday BBQ and a kid told her hot dogs were made from dogs. WHAT? Rebecca went on a life mission to never eat an animal because she knew it was wrong! Rebecca has worked as a wardrobe stylist to celebrities for the past 20 years. Mink shoes is self funded by Rebecca's "day job". Rebecca has not taken a salary ever nor will she see any funds from this campaign. Rebecca wants to make vegan shoes and Indiegogo gives her a platform to make it possible. Mink shoes is a true pioneer in vegan shoemaking. All funds will go toward this cause. We need your help to get to the next level.
WHERE DOES MY MONEY GO?
10% off the top of each donation will go directly to Mercy for Animals
PERK 1 ($20)
Toward the vegan food, drink, planning and promo for the Indiegogo party. You can help choose the topic for the panel too! We will vote. Help Pit Bulls? Cats? Any ideas? We always donate a portion to a local organization.
PERK 2 ($25)
This $25 will go directly to Mercy For Animals. Simple.
PERK 3 ($50)
Toward the production of the custom boxes for the collection. Any leftover will go toward design and construction of our next samples. We are excited to make a new collection in the Summer.
PERK 4,5,6,7 ($165, $195, $265, $295)
Development, material, components, factory production cost, shipping from Italy. This is how much they cost! The small profit we put on top goes directly to Mercy For Animals.
PERK #8 ( $1,000)
Mink shoes for you at discounted price or credit toward a custom couture order.
PERK #9 ($2,500) Couture custom vegan shoes
Sketch, development, sourcing, last / mold production, and Italian cobbler to make the shoe. Many people work for 2 months to make and perfect your dream shoe. This is used to pay them and cover the cost of making custom one of a kind option.
PERK 10,11 Visit factory (4 offered @$5,000) & Shoe vacation (4 offered @$7,500)
These perks have the possibility of generating $25,000 after all custom couture shoe costs (each includes a custom shoe) and MFA donation are paid for. This extra cash flow will be used to bridge production, pay for travel, help hire new staff, pay Italian cobblers, sewers, cutters, overhead, development, sourcing, and creation of new and innovative fabrics and creative ways to make vegan shoes.
PERK 12 Shoe collection for animal welfare organization ($15,000) 2 offered
10% already for MFA then 10% more to your choice organization. The cost to develop out 4 shoes from sketch to creation and have them ready for a volume production is approx. this cost. There will have to be a second raise for any sales and promotion following the sample production. This just covers the sample production. Yes.. shoe samples are expensive to make. Developing a vegan shoe takes time to be certain we make the same quality (if not better) then a leather alternative. We have ALWAYS talked to and had a dream to create shoes for our favorite different animal organizations. We have never had the extra cash flow to do it. This would be a dream come true and we would do anything to see it happen! We would greatly appreciate anyone that wants to fund such a special unique project.
Advice for sizes for clogs. Watch video we will make certain we have the right size. After the campaign closes on April 17th we will contact you, send you charts and measurements and even talk to you on the phone if you need further assistance. No need to order now / we will contact you when funding closes. You pick the heel and one you like in the price point ..donate that amount..and then we go over details later.
Custom couture is obviously fit that we perfect together with individual measurements done. for each foot.
Watch video for options. You can buy clogs or custom couture for you or your favorite lady. Again for the custom we will take individual measurements for perfect fit and for the clog we will email you info.
LETS DREAM BIG
Reaching higher and wider then thought possible. Mink philosophy is always to look outside the box. Here are some high level goals that we know can be achievable with your help!
If we can move this campaign further then any vegan shoe we can obtain our dream stretch goals and that will bring vegan to the masses!!!
The time for vegan shoes is NOW. We must come together to make it happen. If you do not have the cash, spread the word through your networks!
We have recycled postcards if you are interested in helping us gorilla market in your neighborhood. Let us know and we can send you some postcards.
With the current shoe industry competition Mink is asking for your help to make vegan shoes more available. We can show the world together and demand there be more vegan shoe options.
Gather & support Mink to show the fashion industry you do not have to compromise to have the best shoes in the world. Join in treating animals, people, and the planet with the respect they all deserve. Lets make vegan shoes together!