Vegan Fashion – Easy, Affordable and Fun!

Vegan Fashion – Easy, Affordable and Fun!

Posted on 25. Feb, 2010 by Yvonne Smith in Blog, Nashville

These days it’s easy not only to eat only vegan, but to wear vegan as well. I was thrilled to be interviewed for the Tennessean about their article on vegan fashion. Although I talked to the interviewer for about thirty minutes about all kinds of brands, stores, etc. and only a few were mentioned in the article, it’s still so great that the word and the awareness are out there.  Go, Nashville!

Not only do I own at least seventy pairs of non-leather shoes, I also have a whole bunch of handbags as well.  Some of my favorites are by Matt & Nat and Crystalyn Kae.  (Not all Crystalyn Kae bags are vegan, so check before you buy.  Better yet, why not write to the company and request that they go vegan!)

One great thing about vegan fashion today is its evolution to more eco-friendly materials.  PVC isn’t exactly the best stuff to wear or carry around with you, but animal skins aren’t exactly eco-friendly either when you consider the methane given off by all those cows, the pesticides that end up in the water and earth around factory farms and the chemicals used to tan the leather.  Still, brands like Crystalyn Kae use glazed fabrics, which look and feel like leather and there are always products made of canvas, hemp, etc. to be found.  Matt & Nat is now lining their purses with recycled water bottles.

A simple Google search makes it all easier than ever to keep your accessories in line with your ethics.

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10 Responses to “Vegan Fashion – Easy, Affordable and Fun!”

  1. Vegan Snorkeler

    04. Mar, 2010

    Gotta love purses made out of recycled bottles! i think Patagonia makes board shorts and jackets out of recycled plastic too. I love this new trend!

  2. Diane

    18. Jun, 2010

    Hi! I am a vegan caterer in Shelbyville,Tn. and I am trying to get a location in Murfreesboro for my start up restaurant business.I do heavenly fresh breads,smoothies to die for,ice cream,chikn’s salad,soups ,sandwiches,cream pies,cakes,chili,EVERYTHING you can think of because I love being vegan and showing folks hoe delicious it can be.My team will be having health and cooking classes…So much to do so little time(oh the cheese is to die for and even vegan whipped cream!!!!

  3. Diane

    18. Jun, 2010

    I meant (how delicious it can be) typing too fast

  4. Delaney

    29. Jun, 2010

    Hey Yvonne! :)
    It’s Delaney, Stephanie’s friend :) ! Is there anywhere in Nashville that has vegan shoes? I bought a bunch on line but some are too big and they all are too tall to be practical :( . I’d like to got to an actual shoe store and try on vegan shoes. Know anyplace?

  5. Olivia

    06. Feb, 2011

    I am a vegan in Murfreesboro, and am shopping for shoes online and thought how great it would be to have a vegan store/restaurant where you can get everything! It is a nightmare shopping in traditional stores where you have to scrutinize labelsyour vegan section?” they’d look at you like you’re crazy)! Please keep me posted on your business venture!

  6. Olivia

    06. Feb, 2011

    Something got messed up there, but I was saying that it is ridiculously inconvenient and takes forever to shop for about anything vegan in town, and when you do find stuff it’s normally accompanied by jacked-up prices. And if you were to ask a random store worker in a store where the vegan section is they probably wouldn’t even know what that meant. So we need a store for everything vegan! :)

  7. Karen

    19. Mar, 2013

    A vegan village! I’d LOVE that! Vegan grocery store, vegan café, more upscale vegan restaurant, vegan shoes and fashion shop, an open area with couches and books on all things vegan, where we can hang out, get to meet other vegans in Nashville, an outreach education center for vegan curious folks and a place to brainstorm fundraisers to support issues we care about! Wouldn’t THAT be something?!!

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