Sarah Jessica Parker has become as influential in fashion as many designers themselves, thanks to her role as Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City and her own ventures into the design world.

While these career undertakings have certainly given her the luxury to afford, well, luxury, Parker actually knows her way around a thrift store. In her new cover story with The Edit, she explains why she will only buy secondhand clothes for her son, James, after seeing 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.”

This ethos falls in line with that of her own shoe collection, SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker, which has a price point that she admits “isn’t accessible” for everyone, but not without 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.”

And unlike Carrie Bradshaw, Parker’s latest role in HBO’s Divorce has avoided wearing any designer labels, with the costume designer of the show, Arjun Bhasin, telling 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.” 

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