Sustainable and eco-friendly fashion have become the buzz words of the industry this year, a feat which culminated in the recent announcement by Gucci that they would ban the use of fur in their products. It’s a welcome move, and one which should engender serious conversations about how to make fashion a more conscious and culpable industry.
But while major brands might only be beginning to get a handle on the way forward, some smaller names have been promoting and producing truly environmentally friendly design for years. Culture Trip brings you the most vegan friendly fashion brands around the world, that you need to invest in now.
Brave Gentleman, USA
Founded by Joshua Katcher, menswear brand Brave Gentleman specialises in high-end pieces made from organic, recycled, and 100% vegan materials from fair-trade sources. Joaquin Phoenix wore one of the brands classic ‘future-wool’ suits, in this PETA campaign. Brave Gentleman was named PETA’s Menswear Brand of the Year in 2016.
Jakke, London, UK
Faux fur brands in London are fast becoming a major part of the city’s dynamic offering, with brands such as Shrimps, Design Studio and Jakke all providing a stylish alternative to fur proper. In particular, Jakke is a London-based, vegan-friendly brand worth noting – their bright, playful designs invite an easy transition to sustainable fashion. For highly fashionable faux-fur statement hats, check out Emma Brewin.
Save the Duck, Milan, Italy
Putting respect for animals at the heart of their brand, Italian fashion-house Save the Duck make down-free puffer coats using state of the art Plumtech technology (which is warmer, more breathable and lighter than the real thing). For SS18, Save the Duck collaborated with British designer Christopher Raeburn on a capsule collection, and you check out their full range of coats here.
Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, France
Worn by the likes of Emma Watson, the French shoe-brand uses materials such as microfibre, canvas and natural rubber to offer durable alternatives to leather. In doing so, the brand is ensuring cruelty-free creation, as well as offering stylish, easy-to-wear pieces.
Matt and Nat, Canada
Matt and Nat produce eco-friendly vegan leather shoes and bags, right down to their lining, which is created from recycled plastic bottles. Founded on the idea of ‘material and nature’, the brand’s motto is ‘Live beautifully’, a thread they weave throughout their bag and shoes designs.
In the Soulshine, Australia
Ethically made in Bali, In the Soulshine are known for their relaxed-slogan cotton t-shirts and denim bags. Their ‘Vegan Vibes’ range is an Instagram favourite, and the brand has been spotted on Tia Blanco and Evanna Lynch. In the spring, they teamed up with PETA US to produce a limited-edition #VeganFashion crop top.
Vegan Tiger, Korea
Emerging Korean brand, Vegan Tiger make stylish silk-free robes and statement jackets. The cruelty-free ethos of the brand has seen them work hard to develop products which are covetable and aspirational, while adhering to the principles of the label. Check out their on-trend patent jacket and statement, faux-fur coat.
Denise Roobol, Netherlands
Denise Roobol is a considered to be one of the most exciting new names in sustainable fashion. Her bags combine a minimalist aesthetic with material innovations – including microfibre leather embossed in faux-crocodile and faux-ostrich skins, which pays tribute to the beauty of these animals without killing them.
By BLANCH, Spain
Founded by Mireia M. Blanch, By BLANCH is an ethical vegan shoe brand, created with the belief that fashion can be both fun, on-trend and animal-friendly. All the shoes are handmade in Spain, from synthetic leather and produced with minimal impact on the environment.
Bleed Clothing, Germany
Independent German brand Bleed are known for their vegan knitwear which is created from textiles that replicate all the warmth and softness of wool. Choose from classic waffle sweaters and heavy knits, all created from organic materials to ensure the smallest possible ecological footprint.
Lee Coren, Israel
Located in Jaffa, Lee Coren is a beautiful handbag brand which creates minimalist styles in vegan-friendly faux leather. Choose from versatile backpacks such as the The Wanderlust Rolltop or embrace a more statement design such as the Ciclo design.