Here's why leather harms people, not only animals
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by Rebecca Mead
3M ago
If you know anything about Vegan Style, you know that we love animals – it’s why we don’t make or sell any shoes made from animals. Leather is a profitable co-product of the meat and dairy industry and without skins, slaughterhouses lose profits. This is reason enough to avoid leather and opt for more ethical alternatives, but there are other justice issues related to leather production, too. Leather supply chains are full of human harms, too. Collective Fashion Justice’s new report series, ‘Under their skin’, just released its first chapter, on ‘leather’s impact on people’. Exploring is ..read more
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Our favourites from Zette's newest collection
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by Rebecca Mead
4M ago
Our in-house label Zette is luxuriously, ethically made across Brazil, Spain and Portugal. Featuring a selection of opulent, playful and elegant materials, Zette’s latest collection is animal-free and ready to star in your wardrobe. Here are some highlights from the collection: ‘Menos’ This perfectly cut mid-calf boot pairs superbly with culottes and higher cut pants or denim, underneath longer, flared pants, with mid-length and short skirts and dresses. Accentuating the length and natural curves of your legs, these boots are timelessly flattering and stylish. Available in three different em ..read more
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The Best Films and Short Videos to Learn About Ethical Fashion
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by Emma Hakansson
5M ago
There’s plenty to learn about when it comes to ethics and sustainability related issues in the fashion industry. While it’s important to understand where our clothes, shoes and bags come from – and at what price – it can be overwhelming. Films and short videos are a great way to begin to understand big and complex problems, immersing ourselves in a world of information. So, here’s some of the best films and short videos to learn about ethical fashion.    What do we mean by ethical fashion? When we refer to ‘ethical fashion’, we really mean ‘total ethics fashion’, which is fashion tha ..read more
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Are Natural Materials Always the Most Sustainable Choice?
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by Emma Hakansson
6M ago
When we hear the word ‘natural’, we might be inclined to think of it as nearly synonymous with other environmentally related words like ‘sustainable’ or eco-friendly’. But is this accurate? Are natural materials always the most sustainable choice? The reality is a little more complicated. What are natural materials? ‘Natural materials’ are defined as any materials which come from plants, animals or the ground; anything from the ‘natural world’. Sometimes these materials are more specifically referred to as ‘biotic materials’, or materials which are biologically derived from a living organism ..read more
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What to Wear in Winter as a Vegan
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by Emma Hakansson
8M ago
During the colder months, many people turn to animal-derived materials like down feather, wool, cashmere, fur, and leather. To protect animals, as well the people and the planet, it’s best to avoid animal-derived materials. So how can we keep warm in winter while dressing vegan? * A faux fur jacket made from recycled synthetics, from PETA certified brand Jakke Avoiding fur – it’s not as simple as it first seems While most people no longer wear floor-length mink coats or fox fur shawls, to assume fur no longer slips into people’s wardrobes – even without our noticing – is unfortunately in ..read more
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The shoe that suits everyone: chelsea boots
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by Emma Hakansson
8M ago
Whether you’re looking to nail the country look, wearing a crisp outfit to the office, heading out for a picnic, date night or drinks, or if you're in need of an everyday shoe, chelsea boots have got you covered. What are ‘chelsea’ boots? Traditionally, chelsea boots are snugly fitting, ankle-high boots that feature elasticated side panels. The shoes often have a loop tap on the back, making them easy to get on. Chelsea boots were first designed by one of Queen Victoria’s bootmakers, with the goal of making boots that were more functional – easy to pull off and on, unlike laced boots. Origina ..read more
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Are All Faux Leather Shoes Vegan?
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by Emma Hakansson
10M ago
It would be fair to assume that a shoe that’s made of faux leather – say, a synthetic material – is a vegan shoe, right? Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. If we want to make sure our wardrobes are totally free from animal-derived materials, as well as the cruelty and environmental harm associated with them, there are a few extra things to look out for. A faux leather upper doesn’t mean a faux leather shoe Even if the outside of a shoe – you know, the part that we actually see and think of as a shoe – is made from a vegan leather alternative, there might be animal skin leather lurkin ..read more
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What's the #30Wears Campaign, and Why Does Slow Fashion Matter?
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by Emma Hakansson
11M ago
The #30Wears campaign from Eco Age's Livia Firth highlights how important it is to pick our clothing, shoes and bags carefully – only buying what we know we'll wear at the very least, 30 times. In an ever fastening fashion industry, this campaign is deeply important.  What is the #30Wears campaign? Created by Livia Firth, a climate and sustainable fashion advocate behind Eco Age, the 30 Wears campaign exists to make people consider their purchases more carefully.  Firth states that “what’s happened to us as consumers is we now buy on impulse... We don’t really care a ..read more
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The Most Sustainable Vegan Leather Alternatives
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by Emma Hakansson
1y ago
While even the most common alternative to animal skin leather – conventional, synthetic PU – is less environmentally impactful to produce, there are new and innovative materials that are even less harmful to the planet. Let's explore them! A graphic from Collective Fashion Justice and its CIRCUMFAUNA initiative   Before we get into the most innovative materials, just how impactful is animal-derived leather, compared to synthetic leather? Even while synthetic leather is not the final solution to the fashion industry's woes, it is a material that is more ethical and les ..read more
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How to Wear in New Shoes Properly
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by Emma Hakansson
1y ago
Buying shoes is never going to be sustainable, no matter what material we choose, if we don't end up wearing them because they're too uncomfortable. Wearing in new shoes properly can feel like a (literal) pain, keeping us wearing our older, more beaten up pairs instead. But never fear! We've got some simple tips to help your new, shiny pair of shoes become just as comfortable.    It's important to make sure you choose the correct size of shoe, because something too small or too large can cause both friction and movement, in turn resulting in blisters.  If you're not sure of you ..read more
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