With us all becoming more ethically aware when it comes to purchasing fashion products, we’ve decided to share our picks of the top vegan brands to buy from this Winter.
Matt and Nat
Matt and Nat are the epitome of what it means to be ethical. Their business connects with sustainability and nature through the materials they use in their designs. Since they started out in 1995, they have never used leather or animal-based products, and instead constantly seek to resource new ethical materials as well as using their signature vegan leathers. With their bags not only being vegan but also containing linings made vegan from 100% recycled plastic bottles, when you buy a Matt and Nat product you can ensure that you are supporting both a cruelty free business and a brand that truly cares about the environment. With their motto to ‘Live Beautifully’ and company values which focus on social responsibility, they really are a brand that celebrate the magic of nature.
Their product range includes a vast range of bags, outerwear and footwear. It was hard to choose, but here are our favourite picks of the bunch.
Everyone needs a pair of black boots – the ‘CHELZ Rain boots’ (£98), ‘Camila Waterproof Boot’ (priced at £115) and ‘Denver Rain Boot’ (£90) are practical, fashionable and ideal for drizzly Winter weather.
From left to right: ‘Ming High heels (£115), BOON Block Heels (£115) and ‘Dea mid High Heel Boots (£115) available from Matt and Nat.
From left to right: The BALILG Backpack in Olive (£155), The Calvi Weekender in Chill Matte Nickel (£155) and AZUR Bucket Bag in Garneet (£155).
A crucial investment to make as the weather turns colder is a good coat. Unreal Fur do exactly what they say on the tin – the brand offers high quality coats and jackets which aren’t made from real fur. The Australian based luxury business have set their sights on stopping the use of real fur in the fashion industry, and not only do they speak up about animal welfare through their own products and values, but partner with other organisations to achieve their goal.
With a variety of styles and colour options available, Unreal Fur’s coats will compliment any outfit whilst keeping you snug as the days get frostier. From left to right: Fur and Square coat in Teal ($399), Madam Butterfly Jacket in Sweeter than Wine ($339) and Esperanza Coat in Blush ($300).
Beyond Skin was set up with the goal to create classic, vegan footwear aimed at consumers who base their decisions on the values of a company and how their products are sourced. Over nearly twenty years of operation, Beyond Skin have established a ‘trademark vintage-inspired style’ which has been worn by stars such as Anne Hathaway. Their designs feature luxurious prints and are conjured up in England, before being expertly crafted in Spain. The company choose the materials they use based on their sustainability, such as using polyurethane (PU) for their synthetic leathers rather than PVC which has a more negative effect on the environment. Seventy percent of the rubber resin used for their shoes soles has been recycled and they are currently working to increase this figure.
Beyond Skin offer everything from flats and heels to loafers, but their boots are perfect for putting your best foot forward this Winter. Is there anything better than wearing a shoe that is stylish and well-designed but also sustainable and ethical? The snake print ones are going to the top of my Christmas list.
From left to right: Morgan B Camel Faux leather Vegan Ankle boots (£275), Medusa B Snake Effect block heel knee high vegan boots (£395), Dandy Burgundy Vegan Chelsea Boots (£220).
What are your thoughts? Are you impressed by these brands and their focus on ethics and sustainability? Will you be purchasing any of their vegan products for yourself or a lucky loved one this Christmas? Tell us in the comments below!
Text: Chaz Pond
Images: Matt and Nat, Unreal Fur, Beyond Skin