The leather industry causes suffering to animals – as well as wreaking environmental destruction.
For many years, consumers believed that leather was a luxury product – and that you had to invest in it if you wanted to own stylish, timeless fashion.
This simply isn’t true, and in this exclusive video for Plant Based News, vegan fashionista Marta Canga lists some of the amazing alternatives you can buy.
A British brand founded in London, The Lovely Things offers practical and beautiful designs – that are also more budget-friendly.
“It has established itself as one of the best vegan companies in the UK in terms of its handbags,” says Marta. “The company gives some of its profits to animal organizations every single month – which is amazing.
“I recommend you check them out if you’re looking for your first vegan handbag, or a bag that’s more on the affordable side.”
This French brand creates high-end luxury vegan bags
“The bags are unlike anything I’ve ever seen or touched before,” says Marta.
“The combination of beautiful design and extremely high quality fabrics makes Colibri one of my all-time favourites. My Colibri bag feels luxury and buttery smooth.”
With synthetic leather and the best European microfibre, this bag is also carbon neutral, sustainable and eco-friendly.
JW Pei, which was founded in 2016, was told that to be successful, you had to use leather.
“But this innovative brand decided not to listen and is committed to only using 100 percent vegan materials,” says Marta.
She adds that the company creates ‘beautiful, sustainable and eco-friendly handbags’.
LaBante London, which was established back in 2009, produces accessories which all adhere to its philosophy of ‘Fashion With Respect’.
“This means that its bags are not only vegan – and PETA-certified – but environmentally-friendly, and ethically produced,” says Marta
“The brand uses recycled products like plastic bottles for bag linings, duster bags, and tags as part of its drive to be sustainable and ethical.”
She adds that the bags have a simple elegance – as well as being practical.