The fashion industry has a long way to go before eco-friendly, sustainable, and vegan products are front of mind, but they are making considerable efforts.
For instance, London is the first major city to go 100% fur-free during fashion week this year. Anti-fur protests have been on the rise in London, which sparked the British Fashion Council (BFC) to survey the designers. None of the which said they would be using fur in their lines.
Many brands are looking at alternatives to fur. For example, Burberry implemented a fur-free policy this year. The brand’s new creative designer, Ricardo Tisci, is committed to the change and phasing out all existing fur products. He said, “I don’t think [fur] is compatible with modern luxury and with the environment in which we live…It’s part of what Burberry is today.”[i]
It’s important for big brands, like Burberry, to make bold changes because have the platform to influence consumers and designers alike.
Here are a few of our other favorite vegan brands and/or products.
Stella McCartney – Mostly vegan-friendly clothing, lingerie and accessories, always fur- and leather-free.
Stella McCartney brand mission is based on sustainability, vegan and eco-friendly fashion. Her collections are stunning, innovative, and sometimes a little wild! She recently teamed up with Adidas to recreate a vegan version of the iconic Stan Smith sneaker. This is another example of a designer using her platform to bring awareness and vegan options to the masses. The only downside to Stella McCartney is that her luxury brand comes with a luxury brand price tag.
I’m lusting over these Vegan Stan Smiths, but they are not available in my size yet.
Chelsea28. Available exclusively at Nordstrom. Focuses on feminine pieces made to mix and match.
I found Chelsea28 about a year ago. I was shopping for a cross-body to bring to Austin City Limits, and of course, was drawn to the likes of Rebecca Minkoff and Marc Jacobs because they have been staples in the handbag department for decades. However, I wanted a non-leather alternative. The sales associate turned me on to Chelsea28, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I love the simple elegance of her designs and equally impressed by the craftsmanship and durability of the brand. Unlike Stella McCartney, Chelsea28 retails at a much more affordable price point.
I bought this tote, recently. Isn’t the color fab? I get compliment on this bag every time I use it. It even comes with the matching pouch.
Reebok Cotton & Corn. First ever NPC UK Cotton + Corn is USDA Certified Biobased.
These Sneakers are made with 100% cotton and corn. The sneakers upper is a woven cotton and the the sole is made from corn. I got my pair a couple weeks ago and adore them. They are comfortable, the color goes with everything, and they are so darn cute! Even the packaging is made from 100% recycled materials.
This Boho inspired brand offers an entire line of vegan shoes and accessories! I’ve been a fan of Free People for awhile now because they cater to the conscious consumer. From clothing to accessories, Free People has something for everyone, even if you don’t relate Boho.
I’m loving these boots for fall.
This company is on my radar. They design vegan shoes and handbags that are stylish and practical. Matt & Nat is 100% vegan, and their mission anchored around sustainability. Which means, they continually examine areas within the business to make improvements in sustainability. For example, even the linings in Matt & Nat’s high-quality vegan leather purses are made from recycled plastic bottles. Cool, right?
That’s my list. Who am I missing? Do you have any favorite vegan and/or ethical-fashion brand? Let me know!