We teamed up with the good people of Collective Fashion Justice and Surge for this year’s Fashion Revolution Week. Collective Fashion Justice is an international collaboration of ethical fashion experts in pursue of a fashion system that upholds total ethics, and our friends at Surge of course run an animal rights non-profit.
Together, we built and published an initiative for Fashion Revolution Week on our social channels and our respective websites. We wanted to ask some additional questions to the ones already posed by the original Fash Rev org, and focus on the victims of animal-material supply chains in the fashion industry.
”The fashion industry is devastating for humans and animals alike.”
Now while the data speaks a clear language (short version: the fashion industry is devastating for humans and animals alike while the impact on nature is nothing to take lightly, either) we didn’t want to end our campaign without giving you an idea what to do with this information and highlight the brands and designers doing things differently.
So, yes, do read up on the toll the international fashion industry is taking on the planet. Information is power. And then, whenever you’re in need of a new item you can’t shop second hand (very likely the most sustainable way to shop fashion in any case), here’s a collection of the most intriguing ethical vegan fashion brands out there, curated by the Antagonist fashion department for you.
These Brands Do It Differently
Let’s get started with footwear. A couple of amazing brands have been emerging over the last years, all free of animal-derived materials and experimenting with the newest leather-alternatives on the market.
Friend of the family and decorated vegan designer Joshua Katcher is behind the award-winning brand launched as early as 2010 (!). Concentrating on superior materials, the brand believes that “how products are made supersuedes any marketed ‘story'” and we have to say we agree. Find more than ‘just’ footwear on the brand’s website.
A graduate of Parsons School of Design, Bhava-designer Francisca has two decades of experience as a fashion designer under the non-leather belt. Fully committed to ethical and environmentally conscious design, her brand is and always will be free of any animal-derived materials. Check out our in-depth profile with Francisca here and visit the Bhava website for a look at the full collection.
“By proposing strong aesthetics and humanistic values, Rombaut aims to provide a way forward for a world in need of progress”, says the website by designer-owned brand Rombaut, named after its founder, Belgian designer Mats Rombaut. Based in Paris, the brand is the high-fashion sister brand of Virón.
Let’s tackle other materials next… if you like full-leather looks, are in need of a thick puffer for the colder months or appreciate knitwear, the following brands are for you.
With the aim to offer beautiful clothing made sustainably, Nanuska continually increases the ratio of sustainable items with each collection and has some of the most fashionable vegan leather options we ever laid eyes on.
Crafted in Slovenia, all Mila.Vert pieces are made with a focus on sustainability in every step of the production process — using organic materials, PETA-approved vegan and with their production sites close by. The vast selection of wool-free knitwear makes the brand one of our definite favs!
Embassy of Bricks and Logs
“The goal is to make a great product that wins people over — and then make it as sustainable as possible.” With this ‘design first’ credo, the still rather new German outerwear brand has managed to create everybody’s favorite vegan winter coats from over 90% recycled materials, showing that absolutely nobody needs down to keep warm.
Born in East London, Jakke prides itself as being animal friendly and cruelty free, and with a versatile full collection, the brand has been awarded both “Best Faux Fur Brand” and “Best Wool Free Brand” by PETA. We especially love the removable “Free From Fur” patches to be worn with pride on the sleeve of their faux fur jackets.
Alright, now we’ll be rounding out our selection with some accessories to complete your ethical vegan outfit. How about…
Made with love, not animals — we can get on board with that mission statement! Officially launched in March 2018, the Australian accessory brand was top-of-the-list for us from the very start, as the designs and the bold approach to branding still is very unique in the realm of vegan fashion. A must!
Experimenting with new, premium materials like banbu leather (made from — duh —bamboo), Von Holzhausen has a great selection of handbags, backpacks and other accessories, made with “high-tech alternatives that has a low carbon footprint, is ethically made, and has longevity far beyond traditional leather.”
Baby Turns Blue
“Genuinely vegan accessories” by a future-focused and women-led brand, “held to the highest standards of sustainability and environmental impact”. Add in a dash of kink to spice up your outfits with the right accessories by this Parisian company, made exclusively with apple leather. Pretty jolie, non?
Invest in the Future of Fashion
And this sums up our list of favs — for now. With more and more brands emerging every day, we can’t wait for what the future holds for truly ethical, vegan fashion.
“These brands empower us to express ourselves in a way that celebrates the natural world.”
Because every dollar spent for brands that do better is a dollar invested in the future we want — for the animals, our fellow humans and the world we live in. Oh and obviously, we’re hell-bent to make it fun, too. That’s what fashion is, too, after all: A chance to dress up, express and enjoy ourselves. These brands empower us to do it in a way that appreciates and celebrates nature and the animal kingdom instead of destroying it.
Which amazing upcoming new brands did we miss? Let us know in the comments!