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It’s no secret that the production of leather goods is destructive to the planet.
A lot of harm comes from making leather products, including factory farming, the use of toxic chemicals and the moral dilemma of using animal hides.
The growth of the vegan or synthetic leather clothing industry is therefore no surprise. And this isn’t your average low quality pleather, either. Brands dedicated to using vegan materials - mostly polyurethane (PU) -are attempting to make their products almost indistinguishable from real leather. While synthetic products aren’t the perfect alternative (they have their own set of environmental issues), brands like Pixie Mood are doing their best to give the fashion world an animal-free option.
While we wait for the Beyond Meat of leather, there are many vegan leather brands that are stylish, durable and won’t wreak (as much) havoc on your conscience.
Shop these vegan leather brands:
Pixie Mood is a Canadian brand that utilizes polyurethane to create their sleek and stylish accessories. PU is more environmentally-friendly than PVC, which is also a common leather dupe.
SHOP IT: Pixie Mood Carrie Backpack, $112.50
If you can believe it, Maravillas bags are made of pineapples. Well, technically they are pineapple fibres (Piñatex) and cause less of an environmental impact than PU and PVC.
Matt & Nat started with vegan leather bags, but they’ve since expanded to include footwear and outerwear. Their commitment to being animal-free and eco-friendly is one of the reasons the brand has gained a loyal following.
Elevated casual is a pretty accurate description for vegan leather accessories brand Jean & Jax. Their large selection of bags range from backpacks and roomie weekenders to sleek evening clutches.
SHOP IT: Alex Classic Weekender Bag, $160
If you always envisioned vegan fashion as burlap totes and hemp shirts, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with what Mashu has to offer. The vegan accessories label hails from London, and their designs are structural and elegant.
As high-end designers start experimenting with animal-free materials and banning fur and leather, Nanushka has always strived to be as vegan and eco-friendly as possible. In fact, the brand has become well known for its use of buttery soft vegan leather to design innovative runway worthy pieces.