These vegan, animal-free, cruelty-free, ethical fashion brands, designers and online stores truly embody the meaning of compassion in fashion. All have put their love of animals and ethical concern for animal welfare and the environment at the heart of their work to produce these quality animal-free products.
With gorgeous alternatives to leather, suede, fur, wool, down, feathers, pearls, and silk readily available at a great price, it’s time for vegans to lead the way to a new way of shopping and living that does not have animal cruelty at its foundation. No animal should have to die for us to look good or fashionable. Animals raised for food and clothing experience profound and enduring suffering and are killed in the cruelest ways imaginable in order to keep their skin, fur and feathers intact. Now you can look good and feel good with these cruelty-free, ethical products, brands and stores.
Materials to Avoid: Fur, Leather, Shearling, Sheepskin, Suede, Down, Wool, Cashmere, Angora, Mohair, Pashmina, Silk and Fleece (this is a form of wool).
Materials to Look For: Cotton, Bamboo, Polyester, Nylon, Man-Made Materials, Synthetic Materials, Faux Suede/Microsuede, Satin, Rubber, Polar Fleece (made from synthetic fibers).
Cruelty-Free Vegan Fashion Brands, Designers and Stores
88 is a PETA-approved collection of various vegan leather products, mainly handbags, made from PU (polyurethane). 88 manufacturers their own products and sells directly to the customer online so there’s no boutique or retail store markups. The founder is a lifelong vegetarian.
Alternative Outfitters Vegan Boutique
An online store with non-leather shoe styles for men, women and kids, plus accessories, and cruelty-free body care products.
Beyond Skin – UK-Based
Beyond Skin is an ethical footwear company producing stylish, trendy, fashion-forward shoes and boots for men and women out of comfortable, luxurious fabrics and materials. Their mission is to make a difference for people, animals and the planet, while “creating gorgeous, empowering footwear for discerning, style-led men and women.” The UK-based company ships shoes worldwide.
Joshua Katcher, owner, says his shop was started for “indulgent heroes, protectors, defenders, adventurers, and men with lion hearts.” He doesn’t believe animals belong in the fashion production system (or any industrial system). All products are 100% vegan, sustainably produced in fair-labor conditions, high-end, and ethically made using high-tech textiles with a centuries old production methodology. A PETA Vegan Fashion Awards Winner. Features pants, tops, shoes, outerwear, accessories, and suits for men.
Charlie Butler Vegan & Handmade Footware
Charlie Butler shoes are 100% vegan and beautifully handmade and crafted to last longer, be more flexible and be extra comfortable. They are created and designed specifically for men. Each pair requires several hours of skilled craftsmanship to make by hand. Every product is 100 percent cruelty-free, vegan and vegetarian-friendly because “we love animals. We don’t want to see them mistreated and killed for our fashion.” All products contain no leather, suede, fur, wool, silk or any other animal product. Shoes are weatherproof, waterproof and stain resistant!
Compassion Couture Shop
Two sisters created this shop out of a concern for the environment and animal welfare. They are both non-meat eaters and wanted to create a store that they would want to shop at, with fashion forward, high quality, eco-friendly and vegan products in one convenient place.
Cri de Coeur
Cri de Coeur is a luxury brand that designs stylish and contemporary shoes, boots and handbags made from the highest quality vegan materials, including Ultra suede made from recycled plastics, eco-PU that’s low-VOC, breathable and biodegradable, organic cotton, hemp and reclaimed wood. The brand is committed to choosing only vendors who follow earth-friendly manufacturing processes and the fair treatment of workers. PETA-Approved Vegan brand.
Deux Lux bags was launched in 2005, a vision of two women, Fati Mahdavi and Sara Naghedi, who set out to create glamorous, edgy and ethical handbags, totes, backpacks, wallets and jewelry using animal-friendly synthetics for their very unique designs.
Doshi FCSA (Fine Clothes Shoes and Accessories) offers non-leather (vegan leather) briefcases, backpacks, belts and accessories. Doshi was founded to provide smart, fashionable and quality vegan products to ethically, socially, and environmentally conscious professionals, jet-setters and fashionistas.
There are 172 vegan brands listed on Etsy (so far) with more being added every day. From clothing to purses, shoes to accessories, jewelry to home accessories, there are loads of beautiful animal-free products to choose from.
The online store has cruelty-free footwear, clothing, a vegan Christmas shop, and lots of cruelty-free gifts!
GUNAS NEW YORK
GUNAS, which means “attributes and qualities of nature,” was founded on the principle that “animals are not meant to be a part of fashion. We can look and feel good without harming other living beings.” Started in 2008 by designer and animal lover, Sugandh G. Agrawal, GUNAS was launched as a way of advocating for animals and against cruelty. After an extensive year-long search and deep research for just the right materials, best leather alternatives, and ethical manufacturing, GUNAS’ high fashion and zero cruelty was born.
H&M is a fur-free retailer and abides by select standards committed to improving the welfare of animals in their supply chain. Among these standards are the Responsible Wool Standard, which declines wool sourced from farms that practice mulesing, and the Responsible Down Standard, which will not accept down and feathers plucked from live or force-fed birds. H&M is not a fully vegan company at this time, but it has taken steps to protect the welfare of animals.
James&Co. was founded on the belief that women shouldn’t have to sacrifice their looks or style in order to live ethically and compassionately. James&Co. uses high quality cruelty-free fabrics, including 100% polyurethane vegan leather. The company is a member of the Ethical Fashion Forum and is PETA-approved vegan!
Launched in November 2015, and created by Toronto Argonauts linebacker James Yurichuk, Mammoth Outerwear is committed to protecting all fur-bearing animals. The company has pledged to contribute $10 per jacket sold to the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. All products are produced in Canada and the #MammothMovement keeps coats animal free. Jacket trim is made from wood and cotton, the jacket shell is made of water-resistant poly-cotton, and jackets are insulated with Primaloft 200g Gold, the world’s warmest, lightweight, waterproof and breathable synthetic insulation.
Matt & Nat
Matt & Nat strives to design “timeless and durable styles.” The company does not use leather and says upfront that they “don’t like hurting animals and care about the welfare of the planet.” Collections are designed in Montreal, Quebec, and clothing is made from signature vegan leathers and eco-friendly materials like recycled nylon, cork and rubber. Linings are made of 100% recycled bottles. Matt & Nat designs and creates handbags, wallets, and accessories and have a large men’s collection.
Melie Bianco offers affordable luxury, high quality, strong craftsmanship, and trend-setting designs at an affordable price. Their premium vegan leather handbags are sculpted with love in a cruelty free, animal friendly environment, using fair trade principles. Because leather is a by-product of the meat industry, they use PU (Polyurethane), which is crafted using natural materials to have the look and feel of real leather without the harmful side effects of cheap plastic materials like PVC.
Melissa Shoes has a great variety of vegan shoes for women and kids, in all colors, styles and sizes. You can shop by collection or by designer—designers featured include Karl Lagerfeld, Vivienne Westwood, Jason Wu, Campana, J. Maskrey, Alexandre Herchcovitch, and Sebastian ErraZuriz.
Miakoda’s mission is “to provide clothing that protects and supports the rights of animals, humans, and the earth.” The brand offers comfortable, fashionable, yoga-style clothing that is organic, plant based, eco-friendly, cruelty-free and is produced in ethical factories. See their collection of high quality, ethical and sustainable clothing.
Jill Milan started her luxury fashion brand driven by a strong commitment to animal welfare. A portion of Jill Milan proceeds are donated to organizations that rescue, retire or re-train former racehorses that otherwise are at risk of being shipped to Canada or Mexico to be slaughtered. Her products are entirely free of leather, fur and other animal-derived materials. All Jill Milan handbags and accessories are made from natural, luxurious materials such as velvets, ultrasuedes and buttery-soft faux leathers.
Modavanti, which translates to “fashion forward” in Italian, is a brand that embraces all aspects of sustainability. With the tagline, “The site for fashion and beauty that is good for us, others and the earth,” Modavanti carries dozens of brands, many of which are vegan and animal free.
MooShoes is a vegan-owned business that sells an assortment of cruelty-free footwear, bags, t-shirts, wallets, books and other accessories. MooShoes online store carries vegan men’s and women’s boots and shoes of all kinds, handbags, belts, and wallets from dozens of great brands. They also have two retail stores, one in New York City and one in Los Angeles.
Neuaura offers high quality, well-crafted, unique footwear that is animal-free and eco-friendly. NEUAURA shoes does not contain any leather, silk, fur, woos, or pearls, and no animal by-products are used during manufacturing and/or finishing processes. Neuaura says, “We are committed to animals, the environment and the vegan lifestyle, so you can shop for high-quality, fashionable shoes and be guilt free.”
Susan Nichole, founder, merged her strong passion for handbags with her ethical, cruelty-free, animal-loving philosophy of life, to create her designer-quality, animal-friendly bags and purses. These bags are beautiful, elegant, stylish, cutting-edge and timeless. All bags are 100% vegan and made from eco-friendly materials.
The name Novacas means “no cows.” This animal and people-friendly Portuguese company makes beautifully crafted vegan men’s and women’s dress shoes and boots from durable microfibers that are 80 percent biodegradable, free of PVC and other toxins, and made in ethical factories with strict eco-standards.
Olsen Haus Pure Vegan
Elizabeth Olsen, founder of Olsenhaus, launched her brand merging her passion for fashion, function and design with being a voice for animals. She’s an outspoken advocate against the use of animals for food, clothing, experimentation and entertainment, and is a pioneer in changing the fashion industry and the mainstream perception of veganism, showing how easy it is to lead a compassionate lifestyle without sacrifice in luxury or style. “Olsenhaus was created to illustrate plundering, cruelty, and greed are not synonymous with true style.”
Pamela Anderson’s PAMMIES
Long time animal lover, ethical vegan and outspoken advocate for animal rights, Pam Anderson, launched her line of vegan-made boots that are very similar to UGGS, in October 2015. These long and short winter boots look great, are comfortable, and are made from a luxury alternative to suede and leather called Toray Ultrasuede.
Pangea – The Vegan Store
Pangea Vegan Products has been the premier source of hard-to-find alternatives for vegans and vegetarians. You can find loads of cruelty-free, animal-friendly products here.
Stella McCartney is a “Vegetarian Company.” They are the world’s first vegetarian luxury brand. Stella says, “We do not think that any animal should give their life for the sake of fashion.” The company does not and never has used leather, skins, feathers, or fur in any of their products. After years of research into leather alternatives, they use innovative materials that are all PVC-free.
The Compassionate Closet
The Compassionate Closet is an online vegan store that sells cruelty-free apparel, shoes, belts, bags, jewelry, and other accessories, from a variety of brands. As part of their commitment to animals, 5% of all sales are donated to organizations that advocate for animals. They also donate products to a variety of animal organization for fundraising events.
The animal and eco-friendly Urban Expressions brand designs luxurious, quality, stylish, vegan leather handbags and accessories. Urban Expressions’ products are made from Polyurethane (PU), not polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The natural, leather-like texture does not require the solvents (or harmful chemicals) often used to soften PVC throughout the manufacturing process.
The VAUTE name came from “Haute and V for Vegan,” and was created by Leanne Hilgart, founder, who from her love of animals, the Earth, and people — wanted to create something positive and raise awareness about issues facing animals around the world. VAUTE coats are 100 percent vegan, eco-conscious, high-tech, weatherproof, very warm and made from organic and recycled fibers. In addition to coats, they design hats and accessories, dresses, tops, sweaters, shirts and jewelry.
This award-winning vegan online store has just about every product you can think of. From footwear to outerwear, bath to body care, clothing to cosmetics, belts to bags, this site has your needs and wants covered!
The Vegetarian Site
This is an online vegan shopping smorgasbord with vegan clothing for men and women, shoes for men and women, belts, cosmetics, hemp products, gift baskets, fun and games — it’s all here!
“Where fashion meets compassion,” Vegan Chic is 100 percent vegan, with a wide selection from designer vegan brands to budget-conscious products. All products are vetted to ensure that all sourcing is cruelty-free and fair trade. Vegan Chic carries women’s and men’s shoes, kid’s shoes, handbags, bags and accessories from dozens of high end vegan brands.
Vegan Cuts offers a wide selection of brands selling the very best vegan food, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle products. Their team tests, tastes and tries on each product before adding it to their online store.
Vegan Kicks is committed to helping you find vegan shoes of all kinds, and identify the ones that aren’t.
Vegan Scene strives to make veganism fun, stylish and accessible. “We offer the “very vegan-best exclusive and curated Fashions + Products, Classes, and Events.” Vegan Scene is a retail and online shop that features vegan, eco-friendly, sustainable and fashion-forward designers and products.
This award winning, better than leather, animal friendly, quality shoe brand and online store is based in the UK, with a shop in East Sussex. The online store is chock-full of all types and styles of beautifully crafted vegan shoes for men, women and kids. From boots to sandals to belts to satchels, all are made from synthetic animal-free material that looks and feels like supple leather, but is highly breathable.
Online shoe retailer, Zappos, has one of the best and biggest collections of shoes in the world, with over 900 vegan shoes! They also sell vegan belts, handbags and accessories.
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