5 of the best luxury cruelty-free fashion picks
Vegan writer, animal rights advocate and K-9 Angels charity founder, Victoria Featherstone Pearce, reveals her top 5 luxury cruelty-free fashion picks
It can be difficult to find items that offer glamour but are also cruelty-free and ethical. If you’re a lover of luxury fashion, like myself, you’ll have experienced the same struggles as I have. To give you a helping hand, I’ve rounded up five beautifully ethical and sustainable cruelty-free fashion picks – all tried and tested by myself during my own search for planet-friendly, luxury fashion.
Culthread are a rare and beautiful find in the realms of ethical fashion. In the past, I’ve searched for hours online for ladies’ jackets made with recycled materials that look glam and feature cute, but warm faux fur trim. Oh, how I struggled! After getting a Culthread ‘Hampstead’ jacket, I realised that all my dream jacket requirements had been answered.
It really does have it all – it looks and feels great, whilst making a very important statement that says, ‘It’s possible to find cruelty-free, recycled materials and be glam, functional and stylish’.
Culthread’s brand is sustainable in every way – it respects the planet, people, and animals. Each jacket is 100 per cent vegan and handmade from mostly recycled materials. The brand also only runs limited editions, so you are guaranteed items that are not only cruelty-free but cause the least harm to our planet.
Kinds of Grace
Paradisio Polished Satchel, Paradiso Wallet
£151 and £75, kindsofgrace.com
Hailing from Australia are Kinds of Grace, with their stunning Paradisio Polished Satchel and matching wallet. This is an absolutely incredible duo with tonnes of glamour, vivid jungle colours and faux snakeskin – all without the cruelty.
They are practical, too – with a structured top handle and detachable shoulder strap, offering versatility and a spacious design that makes it useful for both day and night looks.
I love the values of the Kinds of Grace. Owner and chief designer, Grace states: “We’re 100 per cent vegan owned and run. Our motto is: ‘Wild beauty, zero cruelty’ and we’re on a mission to help shift the world to kinder accessories.”
“All items are handcrafted, ethically made and use 100 per cent cruelty-free materials. Plant-based materials have a far smaller environmental footprint than animal skins, including our new collection with Piñatex, made from pineapple leaf fibres.”
Definitely keep an eye on this innovative brand, with new designs to come soon.
Angelina One Piece Swimsuit
The Angelina is currently my favourite one-piece. All Eco Swim designs are super stylish, but even better – they are all made of ECONYL®. This incredible material is made from regenerated yarn from recycled fishing nets and other discarded nylons.
Upon discovering this brand, I did a little bit of digging into how fishing nets harm the plant. I discovered that over 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear are left in the oceans each year, going on to remain in the marine ecosystem for hundreds of years.
Over 100,000 sea mammals and a million sea birds are killed in the sea by pollution each year. And, more than 300,000 dolphins die annually, as a result of becoming entangled in discarded fishing nets.
But every piece from Eco Swim helps to prevent precious marine life being harmed – swimwear never looked so good or did so much by turning polluting trash into luxury swimwear.
Faux Snake Skin Heels
I’ve been part of Beyond Skin’s feverish cult following for years – their luxurious designs are game-changing, marrying timeless trans-seasonal classics with vegan and sustainable cruelty-free materials.
Their expertise culminates in luxurious shoes, boots, mules and sandals you’ll want to wear forever, and with every step you take you’ll be proud for what they stand for.
Designed in England, and ethically handcrafted in Spain using luxury Italian fabrics, its trademark ‘Vintage-Inspired Silouhettes’ offer luxurious vegan and sustainable footwear that doesn’t cost the earth.
Cross Body Bag
Sustainability and the cruelty-free way of living are central to the Ferron brand. Ferron’s chic and classic bags not only look and feel luxurious, but its near impossible to know they are not made of leather.
The Cross Body Bag is small yet functional, giving it complete appeal in terms of look, feel and practicality – a ‘must-have’ in your wardrobe. Polyurethane ‘leather’ provides the luxury feel of animal leather, but without harming a single animal and also has less than half of the environmental impact.
The exterior of the bag is structured, yet perfectly imitates the soft feel of pebbled leather – exactly what you would expect from a luxury leather bag. The lining is made out of microfiber, which is durable but smooth to the touch.
After learning about the devastating impact that the fashion industry has on animals and the environment, Ferron decided to invest their time and resources in cruelty-free handbags made of the same quality you’d expect from luxury European brands.
By Victoria Featherstone Pearce, k-9angels.org