When most of us think of vegan fashion, images of baggy hemp shirts and daggy, orthopedic grandma shoes immediately spring to mind. This may have once been the case, but not anymore!
There’s a huge variety of ethical alternatives to animal products on the market that look just as good as the real thing, minus the cruelty. However, it’s worth remembering that just because something is vegan, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee it’s ethically or sustainably made. Fast fashion still perpetuates cruelty in a number of other ways, including using up precious natural resources and not paying workers a living wage.
So here is a selection of vegan brands that have been rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Great’ in the Good On You app!
Matt and Nat
Canadian label Matt and Nat bring you the perfect accessories for adding that little something to your outfit. As well as being 100% cruelty-free, they make a considerable effort to ensure their shoes and bags are crafted from sustainable materials. The inner linings of each bag have been made from 100% recycled plastic bottles.
Footwear brand Beyond Skin use a variety of environmentally friendly materials including soles made from 70% recycled rubber resin and insoles made from 70% post-consumer cardboard. They’re also the first shoe brand to use Dinamica faux suede material, which made from 100% recycled PET plastics. Just in time for winter, the knee-high boots are perfect for pairing with jeans, or if you’re in the sunny Northern Hemisphere, your favourite dress!
Great for cuddling up on the couch with a good book and a cup of tea, the cosy oversized cardigan from Kowtow is made from 100% certified Fair Trade organic cotton and Italian-made recycled hemp buttons. This New Zealand brand pays their employees a living wage along with other workplace benefits such as medical insurance and rent assistance.
Portuguese vegan footwear brand Nae is all about fashion with compassion, making a range of chic shoes, including some made from the fibres of pineapple leaves. The gorgeous strappy sandals can be dressed up or down, with your favourite pair of jeans or a little black dress.
Embracing a slow-fashion production model, Brave Gentleman makes a stylish range of vegan menswear, including suits, shoes, bags and belts. The vintage-inspired boots, made from a polyurethane-based, Italian-milled microfibre called ‘future-leather,’ are perfect for stepping up your outfit game.
Is amazing the feel of a chunky wool sweater but want a high-quality vegan alternative? Look no further! Based in NYC, Vaute makes 100% vegan and eco-friendly pieces, including a range of cosy knits and coats made from recycled cotton – great for layering in winter.
Delikate Rayne is committed to making fashionable and luxurious cruelty-free clothing for women. The faux leather skirt and bustier are fantastic for a chic and cruelty-free festival look. All of their products are made in a family-owned factory based in the USA.
Source: Good on You