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Style with a conscience

Vegan writer, animal rights advocate and K-9 Angels Charity founder, Victoria Featherstone Pearce, reveals her top five trend-setter picks

The year of 2021 is set to be big for vegan fashion - with faux fur and plant-based leather making a massive impact. Although it's getting easier, it can still be difficult to find on-trend items that are also cruelty-free and ethical.

To give you a helping hand, I have rounded up five beautifully ethical and sustainable, on-trend pieces for 2021, tried and tested by myself during my own search for planet-friendly luxury fashion. For more from Victoria Featherstone Pearce, follow @victoriapearcewriter

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Solong Marianne

'Camargue' Handbag in Slate

Solong Marianne is the new luxury vegan handbag brand on the block, founded by two passionate vegan models turned activists and designers.

The Camargue bag is made from eco-friendly and PETA Approved vegan leather, and features chained shoulder straps, which are not only so on trend for 2021, but ooze elegance and romance.

The chain handle can be worn long or short, making this beautiful bag super versatile. There's also a removable locket that is very much a brand statement, allowing you to keep your loved one close wherever you go - now, how romantic is that?

I absolutely love this stunning bag and I'm really excited for Solong Marianne, so I am looking forward to seeing their summer designs!

£495, solongmarianne.com

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Maniere De Voir

Shearling Vegan Leather Biker Jacket

I've always loved a biker jacket, and this vegan leather with heavily featuring shearlinglook material, by Maniere De Voir, has been on my wish list for a while now. Biker jackets are also set to be a big trend for 2021.

The biker silhouette gives that edgy look while the faux shearing provides warmth for winter. The brand is driven by design and quality, and delivering investment pieces truly unique to the market that you can wear beyond the season.

Maniere De Voir also offer many faux leather trousers - if going total biker chic is your thing. I fully checked out Maniere De Voir's website and was so impressed that such a new and edgy brand only features faux leather, and lots of it. It only reinforces what I feel already - that the future of fashion is cruelty-free.

£99.99, manieredevoir.com

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St. Roche

Maisie Top

I came across USA-based, one-stop-shop Fox Holt on my search for ethical and sustainable fashion pieces and was very impressed with their huge collection of cruelty-free brands.

St. Roche is a sustainable womenswear collection that fuses effortless, modern femininity with artisanal hand-crafted details, traditional embroidery techniques and original textile designs.

The Maisie, an organic ruffle top which has voluminous puff sleeves and a cotton tulle yoke, features lace, pintucks and hand-embroidered French knots. It's both cute and sustainable.

The Fox Holt promise to use only ethically-sourced materials and they work with many brands that source and obtain them in a sustainable, responsible way and are considerate of the social and environmental impact, too. It's the perfect place to find luxurious, sustainable and ethical fashion.

£165, fox-holt.com

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Free People

Vegan Cavalier Boot

How cute are these cowboy boots?! They are Western-inspired, made from textured vegan leather and feature a pointed toe. Cute and versatile, they have a stacked heel for a little extra height.

Free People is an American brand which started in the 70s, and although they are not a fully-vegan brand, it's good to know that such an established brand is now selling vegan fashion - once again solidifying the fact that vegan fashion is here for the long-haul.

Free People feature many vegan boots on their site and their clothes are inspired by boho chic, a trend that I think is to die for.

Free People have three shops in London and a fourth opening soon, which I'm looking forward to checking out once lockdown is over.

£88, freepeople.com/uk

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Helen Moore

Capelet

It's a wrap! Could this design be any more perfect? The Capelet is this season's statement piece - versatile with curves and points in all the right places - made in luscious long faux furs with a satin lining. Wear to a party, to a wedding or with skinny black jeans.

I personally love faux fur, but I'm always very careful where I purchase my faux fur items from - some shoppers have been shocked to discover they have been tricked into purchasing REAL fur! I'd be mortified, so always buy from trusted brands.

Helen Moore is a family-run business in Devon and their mission is to design and make beautiful 100 per cent faux fur pieces that are all PETA Approved. Faux fur is an ideal substitute for real fur.

It looks and feels gorgeous, but without the cruelty and at Helen Moore you can be rest assured their faux fur fabrics undergo full composition testing, ensuring that no animal fibres are present. And the material is free from harmful chemicals, too!

£116, helenmoore.com

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