So you’ve replaced animals from your diet, now what about your outfit?
When you’re next on the look for a new jumper or pair of shoes, you might be surprised to discover traces of animal products in many consumer goods. Fear not however – finding vegan-friendly fashion is getting easier with time as new brands embracing animal-free design are popping up like never before. Below we have conveniently listed some ethical brands covering all your clothing needs!
Bourgeois Boheme is a well-established London-based footwear brand for men and women. Inspired by everlasting British shoe classics, BB makes luxury kicks from the finest vegan leathers and suedes with the help of skilled artisans in two Portuguese factories. The brand puts great efforts in incorporating the most progressive and innovative animal-free materials available into their designs – including plant-based polymers, grains and seeds from food-free crops. The result? Environmentally friendly, high quality shoes in exclusive designs with an impressive attention to detail – challenging the plastic pleather perception for good. BB is currently running a sneaker design competition together with PETA and celebrity judge Anaïs Gallagher– find out more here.
MATT & NAT
The vegan bag brand on everyone’s lips, Matt & Nat (or MAT(T)erial and NATure) is a Canadian company famed for their sleek leather-looking bags and beautiful brand aesthetic which has secured them stockists with mainstream fashion appeal. Over the years, Matt & Nat has been experimenting with different recycled materials such as recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork which they have confidently integrated within the products. As the name suggests, Matt & Nat is inspired by the textures and hues of nature and aim to constantly improve their products to better protect it.
Drawing on a collective of musicians, artists, writers and designers from Los Angeles, London and beyond, James Payne makes clothes rooted in the last 70 years of Americana, pop culture and youth in revolt – in the shape of classic biker jackets and t-shirts with impeccable cuts and quality materials. James Payne use only the finest animal-friendly vegan fabrics made without the use of fur, leather, wool or silk, and all garments are sewn up locally in the US.
Vaute Couture is a brand on a quest to take animals out of the fashion equation with a unique emphasis on offering coats and jumpers entirely free from wool (and any other animal-derived materials, too). Fronted by fashion model and Chicagoan Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, the brand was initiated in response to the lack animal-free dress coats warm enough to be worn in Winter. Vaute has been dubbed the World’s first all-vegan fashion brand and was the very first vegan label to show at New York Fashion Week.
Brave GentleMan is a menswear label applying the methodology of ethical fashion to classic menswear aesthetics. With vegan values at its core, Brave GentleMan also embrace ethical production and environmental responsibility by making use of “future” materials replicating leather, suede, wool and silk, often made from recycled plastic. The brand was founded by Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute, a conscious Sartorialist who dedicates his brand to the most ethically handsome of men.
Written by Ada Kallgren-Bourgeois Boheme