ColumnWelcome to a new type of luxury. On trend vegan handbags and shoes are a(n animal) friendly reminder that you don’t have to sacrifice style to live a compassionate and conscious lifestyle. Here are 5 great brands trailblazing vegan fashion to carry your belongings and walk you forward.
Cruelty-free, vegan style isn’t a trend you instantly recognize–there are no flash signs or logos that distinguish these pieces from leather. But if you are a conscious consumer you can’t miss out on these brands.
From Anne Hathaway’s custom Tom Ford vegan gladiator sandals to Natalie Portman’s own vegan footwear collection, this isn’t a trend that is going away anytime soon. In fact, the rise of vegan fashion options is growing slowly, but certainly steadily.
Leah Wallet by Cri de Coeur
Certainly you’ll be pretty in pink with this cruelty-free Cri de Coeur clutch. Although the brand is best known for their line of stylish vegan shoes, we love their handbags too. One of the first and most well-known vegan footwear and handbag brand, Cri de Coeur is made from top quality vegan materials like ultra-suede, made from recycled plastic, eco-PU, that is breathable, biodegradable and has a low-VOC content, organic cotton, and reclaimed wood.
Cri de Coeur, $75
Darcy Bootie by Bhava
Bhava is made using the highest quality hand-woven, organic, recycled and cruelty free components–all in one shoe. Founders Francisca Pineda and Rushali A. Sanghani work closely within a Fair Trade atelier in Mumbai, ensuring the makers are utilizing the best of both traditional and modern techniques. The brand’s aesthetic aims for “timeless elegance with a dose of ingénue charm.”
Julia Maroon by Neuaura
Neuaura is another great vegan brand–and their products are never made with any animal products at all. They believe in protecting the environment and the animals who inhabit it. For example, a portion of their manufacturing is done in hydroelectric powered facility in southern Brazil–so no carbon is emitted from the facility. Each year Neuaura partners with a different charity or organization that focuses on preserving and protecting animals and the planet.
Neuaura, on sale for $79.99
Secret Cheetah by Olsenhaus
No Cheetahs were harmed in the Fair Trade production of this pump. In fact, Olsenhaus is 100% vegan, and stands on firm ground that it always will be. Not only style, but education is equally important. They hope to shed light “regarding atrocities taking place against animals, the environment and all of mankind” and provide a better option through their brand.
Nala Doubler by Freedom of Animals
This bag is as soft as leather without the addition of any harsh chemicals. If we had an award for favorite vegan handbag brand of the year–Freedom of Animals would be it. Their material is ‘eco-leather, an EPA certified blend of post consumer materials, and woven with organic cotton. Most of all, it’s an equally durable, equally stylish alternative against the flooded market of leather bags.
Freedom of Animals, $460
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