Plant-based diet is definitely a great first step toward better animal welfare, but vegans also avoid cosmetics, clothing, and household products that contain animal products. According to PETA, animal products used in clothing manufacture aren’t just byproducts. They point out, for example, that leather sales help support slaughterhouses by providing extra income. Raising animals for clothing and accessories is often cruel to the animals and harmful to the environment.
The fashion industry also leaves behind a huge environmental footprint, from the pesticides used in growing cotton and the chemicals from the toxic dyes, to the landfill impact of clothes that wear out and the energy required to produce each piece.
In this article we wanted to share 10 vegan fashion brands you will be sure to love.
The lifelong vegetarian, Stella McCartney, has never used leather, skins, fur, or feathers in her products. She defines her look as “sharp tailoring, natural confidence and sexy femininity.” “This is not about public relations,” McCartney says, but creating “real change in an industry that desperately needs it.”
VAUTE (“Haute” + V for Vegan) is the world’s first vegan fashion brand, founded with a mission of taking animals out of the fashion equation, by creating something better, using innovative, high-tech, sustainable textiles, cut and sewn in NYC’s garment district with love.
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart is the CEO & Creative Director of Vaute Couture says, “When I spend time at the animal sanctuaries cuddling with rescued sheep and hugging some sweet cows, I think: One day, no one will wear your families or friends. I’m doing my best, guys. I’m doing my best!”
3. Cri de Couer
Cri de Coeur, pronounced “kree duh kur”, is a French expression that means, “cry from the heart.” It is an innovative new company in the fashion footwear arena. The Collection consists of the highest quality vegan materials – including Ultrasuede made from recycled plastics, eco-PU that’s low-VOC, breathable and biodegradable, organic cotton, hemp and reclaimed wood and is committed to choosing vendors who abide by our ideals of earth-friendly manufacturing processes and fair treatment of workers.
Matt & Nat collections can now be found in boutiques across Canada, the United States, the UK, Japan, Germany and Australia.
Olsenhaus – Pure Vegan was founded by Elizabeth Olsen in August of 2008 in New York City.
Elizabeth is an outspoken advocate against the use of animals for food, clothing, experimentation and entertainment while assisting in movement towards a higher state of consciousness for planet earth and all of mankind. Olsenhaus works with and donates to the country’s leading animals rights organizations for education and rescue. The company has donated product to hundreds of animal organization for fundraising events.
John Bartlett is a graduate of Harvard University and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). His 2011 “The Tiny Tim Collection” collection was created to help raise funds for the designer’s nonprofit 501(c)3 animal-rescue organization, “The Tiny Tim Rescue Fund” which helps support independent rescue groups across the country.
7. Melie Bianco
Melie Bianco’s Premium Vegan Leather has the look and feel of real leather, without the harmful ecological side effects of PVC (melted down plastic). They pride themselves in offering a cruelty free alternative to high style. The company manufactures their items in a Sweatshop Free environment using fair trade principles. In 2016 Melie Bianco had the honor of being featured in Vogue UK; winning a covetable PETA UK Vegan Fashion Award for ‘Best Animal-Friendly Accessories’.
8. Beyond Skin
Footwear brand Beyond Skin use a variety of environmentally friendly materials including soles made from 70% recycled rubber resin and insoles made from 70% post-consumer cardboard. They’re also the first shoe brand to use Dinamica faux suede material, which made from 100% recycled PET plastics. Just in time for winter, these knee-high boots are perfect for pairing with jeans, or if you’re in the sunny Northern Hemisphere, your favourite dress!
9. Brave Gentleman
Embracing a slow-fashion production model, Brave Gentleman makes a stylish range of vegan menswear, including suits, shoes, bags and belts. These vintage-inspired boots, made from a polyurethane-based, Italian-milled microfibre called ‘future-leather,’ are perfect for stepping up your outfit game.
10. Delikate Rayne
Delikate Rayne is committed to making fashionable and luxurious cruelty-free clothing for women. This faux leather skirt and bustier are fantastic for a chic and cruelty-free festival look. All of their products are made in a family-owned factory based in the USA.
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