Are Pony Hair Balenciaga's really made with pony hair?
I always thought pony hair was cowhide treated to look and feel like a horse's hide...
Esiders, you're right. I was wondering the same thing at one point and I actually called Bal to find out.
Oh, those poor ponies!
Just kidding...I was never sure either until Design Within Reach opened on my block and I went in to look around. A mother was looking at a pony chaise and her young daughter FREAKED OUT until the salesperson explained. I was sorry the child was traumatized, but we all got to learn that pony isn't really pony at all!
Not sure why using cow hide is any different from using pony hide? Someone should explain THAT to the child. Is using pony somehow worse because a pony is cuter than a cow? Either one embraces killing of all animals or not at all. I, for one, love leather and my steak, and rabbit stew, even...
Thanks for clarifying
I hate to tell the honest truth, but have heard they use horse hair.
The SA at NM SF said it was goat hair.
I always assumed it was pony.
Whatever the case... I dont think I'll ever be interested in buying one...
I wonder if the hair prickles you when you carry it...
i'd never buy one either.
i've never liked the "pony hair" look on anything...furniture, shoes, bags, etc...its not at all appealing to me.
I was told the "pony" hair bags were calf hair. They use Pony in the name because it sounds better than goat or cow hair.
the pony hair does NOT prickle at all! it is sooooo smooth...sometimes I find myself stroking it because it feels sooo nice, like silk. I wasn't fond of pony hair until I got a city, and now...mmmmm obsessed. It also looks a little dressier and special which I like.
I always thought the difference was because here in the US we don't eat horses, so they can be romanticized as companions. And therefore skinning them for furniture seems rather barbaric. Since we eat cows, we have to think of them as a disposable resource, and using the leather simply makes uses of the entire animal.
Everyone draws his or her own line. My rule of thumb is "if I eat it, I can wear it." And conversely, if I don't eat it, I can't wear it. Happily, I have injested my fair share of goat, so I can carry my b bags without compromising my ethics!
highglossfinish "I always thought the difference was because here in the US we don't eat horses, so they can be romanticized as companions. And therefore skinning them for furniture seems rather barbaric. Since we eat cows, we have to think of them as a disposable resource, and using the leather simply makes uses of the entire animal."
You hit the nail on the head IMO...