On the lookout for stylish handbags and shoes that are leather-free? These cruelty-free brands have got you covered - hell yes for vegan fashion
From vegan skincare to vegan condoms such as Fair Squared, plant-based products are taking over the world. We’re no longer surprised when we see vegan chocolate on the supermarket shelves. And you might wonder whether your wardrobe can be vegan too? For sure. Vegan fashion is on the uprise and it’s more than just cotton and denim. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite cruelty-free brands and items, so you know how to rock your faux leather.
Our favourite vegan fashion brands
When it comes to vegan fashion, one must know the independent designer label Gunas from New York. Having said that animals are not a “property” of humans, Gunas promotes “victim-free” vegan fashion with an array of classy and stylish handbags. No one can resist those pretty bags.
Gunas is available at www.gunasthebrand.com/
Founded in Collingwood, Melbourne, Vegan Wares is established by people who are dedicated to providing high quality vegan shoes. They are all hand-made in Australia with non-leather material (such as EcoLorica microfibre) with superior durability that are also repairable. I personally bought a pair when I was in this lovely vegan neighbourhood three years ago. And having worn them almost every day, they are still good as new!
Vegan Wares is available at www.veganwares.com/
Bead & Reel
Featuring more than sixty brands focused on different ethics, Bead & Reel provides an excellent selection of cruelty-free designer products. Female founders, fair trade, vegan, artisan made, organic… Need I say more?
Bead & Reel is available at www.beadandreel.com/
Matt & Nat
Established in Montreal, Canada, Matt & Nat is one of the most beloved names among vegans. Selling everything from vegan handbags to wallets and shoes, their designs are always effortlessly chic and modern.
Matt & Nat is available at https://mattandnat.com/
Stella McCartney is a high-end vegan fashion brand, surprise surprise! Believing that one should respecting the nature, the people and the animals, Stella McCartney advocates a cruelty-free ethos and incorporates only sustainable materials in their products.
Stella McCartney, Shop 131, Level 1, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, p. 2118 2525, 尖沙咀海港城海洋中心1樓131號鋪
Even though Dr. Martens is not a 100 per cent cruelty-free brand, we’re still very excited for their vegan line! Using synthetic leather (a combination of polyurethane and polyamide), their vegan shoes are just as edgy as their original invention. And we should definitely appreciate big brands like them to get involved in leading the vegan fashion trend.
Dr Martens, Shop 507, 5/F Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, p. 2892 1832, 銅鑼灣軒尼詩道500號希慎廣場5樓507室
Founded by life-long friends Queenie Fan and Day Lau in 2015, local brand Cafuné is always about making modern and minimal accessories. They have introduced handwoven vegan leather for their Spring/Summer 2018 collection. And it’s as lovely as it could be.
Find out why Cafuné also made it to our ultimate list of where to shop bags in Hong Kong
Cafuné, Shop 2107, 2/F, Gateway Arcade, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, 九龍尖沙咀海港城港威商場2樓2107號鋪