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
1. The Lovely Things
Shop handbags, purses, and homeware made with plant-based leather derived from cork, coconuts, and Piñatex pineapple. All products are handmade in Hong Kong (support local!) and we love their classic designs and affordable prices – because vegan fashion doesn’t have to break the bank! Depending on the material used, you’ll get a different texture, but all their bags can be effortlessly paired with daily wear. Enjoy free shipping within Hong Kong for orders over $US 50.
Shop The Lovely Things online.
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.
Shop Gunas online
3. Vegan Wares
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!
Shop Vegan Wares online
4. 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.
Shop Matt & Nat online
5. Stella McCartney
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 has locations across Hong Kong
6. Dr. Martens
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 has branches across Hong Kong
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 since their Spring/Summer 2018 collection, and we love supporting a local brand.
Find out why Cafuné also made it to our ultimate list of where to shop bags in Hong Kong.
Shop Cafuné online
8. Lil’ Souls
Have your tots looking fashionable with cruelty-free kicks! Shop the cutest pairs of vegan mary janes and moccasins, all at an affordable price range. Founded by Hong Kong mum Shereen O’Brien, Lil’ Souls also sells kids’ rompers, knitwear, and adorable headbands. Shopping at Lil’ Souls is not only good for the environment but you’re also supporting a great cause – with every purchase, you’re helping provide access to clean water. Enjoy free international shipping on all items and get involved.
Shop Lil’ Souls online.
Bead & Reel (closed)
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?