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.