What is Vegan Leather? + My Favorite Brands
You might be confused by the term vegan leather as “vegan” and “leather” are not words that typically go together. Though vegan leather is trending now due to the rise in the vegan movement, vegan leather has been around for ages- before it was simply known as faux leather. So what is it anyway? Vegan leather is a synthetic leather imitation made from a variety of different materials such as cork, rubber, PVC (polyvinyl-chloride), PU (polyurethane) and even pineapple fibers! As traditional leather is made of animal skin, vegan leather provides an equally as fashionable and trendy alternative to traditional leather!
1. Alexandra K
Handmade in a small workshop, Alexandra K offers luxurious handbags focused on quality and using the best quality fabrics and hardwares. They aim to convince customers that vegan fashion can be just as good and even better than traditional leather, by using it to create gorgeous products worthy of high fashion standards. What started as a fashion project for the founder, Alexandra, is now a successful business that intends to change the fashion industry.
Pictured above is the “0.8 Blackberry “
2. Matt & Nat
Deeply inspired by nature and living by a simple motto “Live beautifully”, the Canadian brand Matt & Nat -which stands for Mat(t)erial & Nature- offers an extensive collection of products. Varying from handbags to laptop cases to its newly added collection of shoes, Matt & Nat offers modern, minimalistic, and contemporary designs for both men and women. Each season they experiment with different recycled materials and to remain as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible, they have committed to only use linings that are made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles.
Pictured above is the “Sheenan” in black from the Dwell Collection.
3. Angela Roi
Exquisitely designed and attentively crafted by artisans in Korea, Angela Roi aims to provide bags that offer a luxury feel with designer quality. With elegant, classy and timeless designs, each bag begins with a hand sketch by Angela and is later recreated by artisans. To give it an even more luxurious touch, the gold hardware is actually gold plated. Their bag collection includes totes, cross-bodies, backpacks and even wallets that are all ethically produced using carefully crafted durable fabric that is of course, cruelty-free.
Pictured above is the “Morning Cross Body in Ivory”
With the goal to create products that inflict no harm to animals and as little to the environment as possible yet still offer trendy, cool, and fashionable watches, Votch was born. Besides wanting to be cruelty- free, Votch meticulously chooses materials that follow its strict guidelines of having no flame retardants, are PVC-free, no heavy metals, include recycled and renewable content as well as produce low VOC emissions. Offering two collections of watches, “Classic” and “New”, all the items have a similar simplistic, modern, trendy and timeless look.
Pictured above is the “ Silver Face with Light Blue Strap”
5. Wills Vegan Shoes
With the goal to create choices and give options for people to promote change in their daily lives, Wills Vegan Shoes was born. With an extensive collection of shoes for both men and women, each and every shoe is carefully and beautifully crafted in a way that it doesn’t hurt animals and in an ethical manner. Whether you are looking for men’s boots or women heals, Wills offers a variety of different options for everyone.
Pictured above is the “ New York Trainers in Black” for men.
Yes! Veganism is more of a lifestyle rather than just a diet, meaning that vegans try not to consume or purchase any products that come from an animal. For example, leather, suede, silk, honey, and even down (among others). It can be a little overwhelming at first, but its not about perfection is about trying your best :)