A new year of style is here, and this will without a doubt be the year when vegan fashion goes truly mainstream. Preparations for the first-ever Vegan Fashion Week in Los Angeles are going on as we speak, and big-name department stores are launching vegan collections. New vegan brands are launching constantly, and they are bringing their A-game when it comes to style: these labels are all about the fashion factor, as they have figured out an important detail in capturing a mainstream audience: style is key, and ethics need to go hand in hand with looks to truly win over the fashion crowd.
Here are the brands we’ll be keeping an eye on in 2019.
What: high-end leather-free bags and accessories
Why: if sleek, versatile accessories are your thing, this Dutch brand might become your new favourite. Offering a minimalist range of easy-to-match bags in black and burgundy, and a wallet that can double up as an oversized clutch, this brand provides ethical bags for your everyday needs. The bags are lined with recycled plastics and come in an organic-cotton dustbag.
What: contermporary apparel
Why: London College of Fashion graduate Sandra Sandor is the woman behind Nanushka, a hip label that’s quickly become a fashion darling – it’s currently stocked at Net-a-Porter. These days, Sandra runs the brand with partner Peter Baldazsti, and together they offer a sophisticated, contemporary collection with a vast variety of garments in vegan leather.
What: colourful, patterned faux fur coats
Why: Londoner Lydia Cooper’s colour-explosion of a brand is inspired by Sixties and Seventies hedonism – an influence that comes through in her printed faux suede and vegan fur creations, all of which are made locally in the UK. For each coat they sell, La Llama will donate a percentage to refugee charity Care4Calais. As if this wasn’t enough, this brand has finally done what we could only dream of – introduced payment plans for fashion. That’s right, the items’ cost can be split into three comfortable payments. The dream.
What: holiday heels and joyously made slow-fashion footwear
Where: Los Angeles
Why: A slow-fashion shoe brand has never looked this cool. A group of 20 artisan shoemakers in LA craft every pair of Rafa shoes by hand, guaranteeing that no animal-derived materals, environmental destruction or slve labour was involved in the making of the eye-catching collections. Ultrasuede, one of the primary materials used in the brand’s production, is engineered from recycled fibres. What’s more, the shoes are specifically made to last – none of that throwaway fast-fashion mentality here.
What: quirky andsustainable vegan handbags
Where: London and Greece
Why: the unique design of Mashu’s accessories is inspired by architecture and Art Deco: unusual shapes are enhanced by sophisticated detailing such as metal handles or playful embroidery. The brand also dabbles in pineapple leather Pinatex, rejects all toxic solutions, and makes sure that all their designs are 100% recyclable at the end of their lifespan.
What: envy-inducing vegan bags
Why: With an aesthetic that has brought the brand over 50k Instagram fans, JW Pei is taking faux leather mainstream. Their bags are produced in a factory that works with Gucci and Prada, offering accessories in an eco-friendly microfibre fabric that is as durable as leather (if not more). This is definitely one to watch.
Header photo by Landa Penders courtesy of Osier