Are you looking for a list of the best vegan clothing brands? Well then you are in luck! When some people hear the word “vegan”, the first thing they think of is food. But as your probably already know, being a vegan is not just about that.
It’s also about embracing a lifestyle that involves not using any animal by-products whatsoever in our daily lives, including the clothes we wear! Unfortunately, finding vegan clothing pieces can be a chore if you don’t know what to look for and where to get them.
Well, to ease that burden off your backs, allow me to give you the lowdown on things you should be considering when choosing clothes as a vegan, and on what brands you should be spending your hard-earned Benjamins on!
Clothing Materials To Avoid
Different types of clothing usually require various materials. And more often than not, these materials are derived from animal sources. For vegans, such clothing should not be supported at all.
When coming up with a vegan-friendly wardrobe, there are certain factors that you should always remember. To serve as your guiding light, here’s a list of clothing materials you should avoid and the reasons why you should do so:
When we hear the word “wool”, we might automatically think of lamb. However, wool does not only come from lambs but from other animals as well.
For those who don’t know what wool is exactly, it’s the hair that comes from lamb or sheep.
Sheep are able to produce enough wool to protect themselves from the elements. However, due to the demands of wool as a clothing material, the animals are being genetically manipulated or engineered so that they can produce more wool.
Once they get older and are not able to produce the desired amount of wool, they are sent to slaughterhouses to await their cruel fate.
The wool industry also has the cruel practice called mulesing wherein flesh and skin are cut off from the hindquarters of a sheep.
This is to prevent myiasis (or flystrike) which is a parasite infestation (maggots) on sheep. During this process, the sheep are usually only restrained and no anesthetics are involved.
Apart from wool, another byproduct that comes from sheep that has to be avoided by vegans is shearling. Shearling is the skin of a lamb with the fleece still attached.
Just like with wool, the same cruel practices are being done during the shearing process.
Angora is the wool that comes from Angora rabbits. Behind the soft and warm texture from clothes made from Angora, are cruel practices that would certainly turn any vegan off.
The animals usually live in Angora wool farms where they are confined in small cages. They often live in abhorrent and distressing conditions.
In China where 90% of Angora is imported from, PETA found rabbits that were bald and bleeding after having their furs ripped from their bodies.
While cashmere is considered to be one of the softest and the most luxurious materials, you need to know that it comes from the hair of Cashmere goats.
Every year from March to May, the Cashmere goats undergo a moulting process and shed a mixture of coarse hair and soft undercoat.
However, this is not only the period when the goats’ wool is being scorned. During wintertime, demands for cashmere go up and the goats go through shearing as well.
People who are looking out for animal rights are not happy at all, as the goats suffer when their wool is removed, and they are only left with their little body fat to protect them from the harsh winter conditions.
Whenever you see a fur coat or jacket, remember that an animal suffered and died in the making of that particular piece of clothing.
Regardless of what kind of fur it is, best believe that the animal it was derived from must have gone through tremendous suffering.
According to PETA, 85% of the fur industry’s skins come from animals held in captivity in fur farms. In these farms, the animals live in cramped cages and they are being suffocated, poisoned and whatnot when it’s time to skin them for their furs.
Leather and Other Exotic Skins
When it comes to fashion, leather is perhaps one of the most widely used materials.
Every year, over a billion animals including cattle, calves, goats and exotic reptiles like snakes, crocodiles and alligators are killed for their hides and skins.
If you are not vegan, or haven’t been vegan for long, know that behind the fashionable shoes, handbags, and other items that you might have are stories of animals being abused, tortured, and killed for the sake of fashion.
Silk and Feather
Small as they may be, silkworms actually suffer from pain when they are disturbed and prodded.
And when gathering silk, the worms that are still in their cocoons are boiled alive!
As for feathers, birds suffer from all the plucking being done to them.
Whether it’s silk or feathers, it can’t be denied that these animals go through extreme suffering – sometimes resulting in death.
Materials You Should Look For
Now that we have got the clothing materials that vegans should avoid at all cost out of the way, it’s time to take a look at the ones that we vegans should lean towards.
The following materials are certified vegan and for the most part sustainable, making them ideal for us to purchase and wear. So without further ado, here are the textiles that you should be looking for the next time you go shopping:
- Organic Cotton
- Linen (Flax)
- Soysilk and Peace Silk
- Recycled Nylon and Polyester
- Lyocell and Modal
- Pineapple Leather and Other Sustainable Vegan Leathers
Vegan Clothing Brands You Can Trust
As depressing as it is to know that animals have to suffer for the sake of fashion, there is something we can do!
And while it won’t put a total stop to the cruel practices being done in the near future, it will certainly help in the long term if we stop supporting companies and brands that use materials that come from animals.
If you are thinking of where you can now purchase clothing that adheres to your vegan lifestyle, the following are some brands that you should take a look at. These brands are known to produce garments made of the vegan and sustainable materials that we previously mentioned.
What do you get when you combine “haute” and “vegan”? Well, it’s easy, folks! You get Vaute which Nylon magazine has called “the world’s first all-vegan fashion brand”.
Founded by Chicago raised Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, the brand believes that by taking animals out of the fashion equation, things can be sustainable and innovative.
Headquartered in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Vaute works with the mills around the world in coming up new textiles made from recycled and organic fibers.
If you are looking for eco-friendly, vegan coats that can warm hearts and other astounding US-made pieces, check out Vaute’s website now!
Are you looking for clothing that is both comfortable physically and mentally? The answer is Miakoda. The name “Miakoda” means “power of the moon”. And the brand believes that “we all live and are connected underneath one powerful moon”.
Founded by Laura and Julia, Miakoda creates eco-friendly, ethically made clothing using sustainable plant-based materials.
Occasionally they add a little bit of spandex to the materials, but that’s it. The brand is committed to creating clothing pieces that do not contain synthetic or animal fibers.
If you are interested, check out Miakoda’s New York City made clothing here.
Plant Faced Clothing
Be fashionable in your vegan streetwear garb courtesy of Plant Faced Clothing! This is a 100% independently owned brand that creates sustainable streetwear pieces that are ethical and vegan.
The brand makes sure that in anything they do – be it clothing or accessories, they observe ethical manufacturing practices. Also, whenever possible, they use organic or plant-derived materials that are eco-friendly and safe.
Simple, minimalist and classic – these are probably the best ways to describe the brand’s collection of vegan dresses.
If you are looking for timeless and sophisticated dresses that reflect your natural beauty and beliefs, then Artisara’s dresses are perfect for you!
If you want to feel good and look great in the fashionable vegan dresses, check out these pieces made from bamboo and organic cotton here!
Bleed Organic Clothing
“We want to stop nature bleeding dry” is probably one of the major driving forces when the clothing and accessories brand bleed was founded.
As a PETA approved brand (they even have a collab which you can check out here), it believes in coming up with alternatives or substitutions to fashion items including clothing.
Founded in 2016 by Dena Simaite, Noumenon is all about combining aesthetics with ethics. Dena believes in creating cruelty-free and ethically made pieces that are fashionable and timeless.
This organic and vegan brand from the Netherlands uses materials such as cotton, linen, Tencel (recycled wood pulp), cupro, and recycled fabrics. If you are interested in this brand, check out its Autumn-Winter 18/19 collection now.
Advocates of consideration, compassion, and freedom for both humans and animals are what the brand Trap Vegan aims for.
As an urban vegan brand, it embodies freedom fighters and justice advocates who extend the same sentiments towards the billions of animals who suffer and die cruelly each year.
Check out Trap Vegan’s collection of urban clothing and apparel here.
Established by a passionate vegan named Laura, earthling is the perfect brand for vegans who inhabit the earth!
This PETA approved brand believes in making clothing that enlightens all of us to extend respect and love to the Earth, the workers involved and animals.
The materials for its clothing are ethically derived and manufactured. They are also environmentally friendly.
If you are looking for a 100% European made (all clothing are cut and sewn in a fair labor factory in Slovenia), shop at earthing’s website!
BONUS: To learn more about how you can veganize your clothing, check out the video below!
Vogue.com calls vegan brand Hiraeth as “Quiet, elegant, and comes with a sincere message.” and they are not wrong!
Founded by Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara (she played Lisbeth Salander in the US remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) and her friends Sara Schloat and Chrys Wong, the label does not only put weight on quality and design but on ethical beliefs as well.
Each piece from the brand is made in downtown Los Angeles. They are free from fur, silk, wool, leather, and any other animal-derived materials. Other materials are sourced from locations such as France, Italy, the UK, and Japan.
If you’re keen, check out Rooney and friends’ collection on Hiraeth’s site now!
Inspired by “strong, sexy, sophisticated, sassy, sure, smart, stylish, silly, and spontaneous women”, superwoman and super athlete
Serena Williams launched her own clothing line called Serena. Serena is 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free.
This does not come as a surprise given that she lives a plant-based lifestyle. Serena hopes that her brand will inspire and empower women everywhere.
When you take a look at Serena’s collection, you will find a balance between casual, comfortable and sporty. And as for the price points, it starts at $35 up to $250.
If you thought that you had to lose your fashionista card once you go vegan, I hope this helps clear the air for you!
Just because you have chosen to live the vegan life, it doesn’t mean that you should sacrifice the things that you want or need like trendy clothing.
You can still be fashionable, ethical and vegan all at the same time!
And with so many vegan clothing brands in the world today, you won’t have a hard time picking pieces that best reflect your personal style!
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