Thanks to Sex and the City, and her role as Carrie Bradshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker has become very influental in the world of fashion. Speaking with The Edit magazine, Sarah explains why she only buys secondhand clothes for her son, James. She was really moved by the film ‘ The True Cost’, which focused on the labor and conditions that go into creating fast fashion.
“I will only buy secondhand clothes for my son, James Wilkie. The documentary The True Cost really changed me,” she told the online magazine. “The one area I’ve had a hard time with is pants, but I buy used T-shirts and sweaters for him. Track pants are hard—boys rip them; I don’t know how to get around that.”
Her own shoe collection has a price point that Sarah admits ”is not accessible” for everyone, but for a good reason. “I would love to be able to offer a woman a $69 pair of shoes but those are never going to last her. The heels are going to break, and they’re going to be made under conditions that I would feel really lousy about,” she says in The Edit. “How could I ask anybody for their hard-earned dollars, even $69, if they would have to replace the shoes in two months anyway? So George [Malkemus III, C.E.O. of Manolo Blahnik] said we are going to make our shoes in Italy, the way shoes should be made. We are going to go to Tuscany, to fourth- and fifth-generation shoemakers, and we’re going to find a way to make a shoe for $395.”
Unlike her role in Sex And The City, her latest role in HBO’s Divorce does not demand high end labels. The costume designer of the show, Arjun Bhasin, told Fashionista “I didn’t set foot in Bergdorf or Barneys or Saks. We did all the clothes from flea markets, vintage [shopping], eBay, and Etsy.”