"It's obviously all about the money for her. She doesn't give a damn about the animals," said Sarah Winnick, an Ellen fan and animal advocate. "And, she is demeaning workers here in America by sending jobs overseas. She could have easily manufactured a vegan shoe line right here in Los Angeles."
I spoke with a dozen representatives of the shoe line including employees of the Camuto Group, Bergdorf Goodman, and Public relations employees at ED by Ellen. "Jackie" of The Camuto Group told me that the boots are "genuine leather, genuine suede."
Another employee of the Camuto group, Kristina Bones, reluctantly told me that though she doesn't work on that line, all of Camuto's footwear is genuine leather. Sensing a public relations problem, she referred me to Sarah Rosen, VP of communication for the Camuto Group, who could not be reached for comment.
Several employees at Bergdorf Goodman were clear -"the Ellen boots are leather."
Calls made to ED by Ellen were problematic, with employees carefully guarding information. "We can't give you that information at this time," said one employee who was deliberately vague and who refused to give her name. "We will have our director of communications call you," she said. This reporter asked a simple question of ED by Ellen representatives: "Are the boots leather, yes or no?" "We do not have that info," was the reply. "We do not have them on our website at this time."