Vegan Fashion Goes Mainstream

Filed in Fashion by on November 21, 2011

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Veganism is a not just a diet, but a growing movement and lifestyle. One who rejects the use of animal products within their diet is called vegan, but what about the animal products they wear? Are leather boots justifiable in the vegan community? Certainly not a mink coat.

Thanks to fellow vegan fashion designers, the rise on vegan fashion has gone mainstream. Here are some insights from designers who implement the vegan lifestyle. Now vegans can have stylish, luxury fashions while staying true to their Vegan beliefs.

Repulsed by how exotic skins such as lizard and python were acquired for her early designs, Raven Kauffman challenged herself not to use any animal products in her handbag line. She resorted to fake fur, recycled polyester ultrasuede and rubber molded to mimic crocodile and alligator skins.

Raven Kauffman Everyday Exotics hand cast rubber clutches.

Photo By Thomas Iannaccone

Raven Kauffman Everyday Exotics hand cast rubber tassel tote with ultra suede trim and raven’s head hardware.

Photo By Thomas Iannaccone

Free People recently unveiled a collection of vegan leather and suede, including $148 suede bellbottoms by the Battalion. Pictured below is The Battalion’s polyester vegan fur jacket.

Photo by Thomas Iannaccone


Vaute Couture’s vegan-friendly coats retailing from $300 to $550 will be sold at Bloomingdale’s for as early as fall 2012.

Vaute Couture’s 100% recycled polyester coat.

Photo by Thomas Iannaccone


Olsen Haus ultrasuede boot with faux fur backing.


by Thomas Iannaccone




Rebecca Minkoff began selling a vegan bag line called R & Em exclusively at Macy’s last spring.

Python Rock N Roll Jessica Hobo Bag 

Macy’s, $118

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