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Rebecca Mink, a native of southern California, has devoted her entire life to the mission of preserving the planet and the humane treatment of animals. Rebecca was torn between the high-end fashion she loved, and the animals and planet she adored. Noticing the lack of luxurious vegan shoes in the marketplace, she made it her mission to create the choice. Rebecca conceived the ultimate alternative and Mink was born! Mink is a vegan shoe line that sidesteps leather for eco-friendly, animal-free materials. It has rapidly outpaced all its competitors in the arena of "green" footwear. In 2000, with sketches in hand Rebecca traveled to Italy in search of the perfect artisan who could bring her designs to life. After being shown the door by sixteen factories all refusing to even consider manufacturing such an unprecedented product, she met Marco Gambassi, whose family has been crafting shoes for generations. The creative challenge intrigued him, and working under Rebecca's strict specifications, he was able to produce the shoe line she always knew she was meant to create.