A reader commented on my recent post, “Ten Tips to an Animal-Friendly Wardrobe,” asking if care2.com could suggest some animal-friendly designers. Below are twelve great lines that offer cruelty-free, mostly-organic and free-trade clothing, plus retailers who offer some animal-free clothing and others who have pledged to stop selling fur:
1. Alabama Chanin – sustainable, organic, and recycled, Alabama Chanin specializes in slow fashion and hand-made products made by local artisans near its Florence, Ala., shop.
2. Beyond Skin – based in the UK, Beyond Skin ships worldwide and specializes in creating vegan, non-leather shoes.
3. Bourgeois Boheme – under the slogan “Fashion with compassion,” Bobo is a London-based boutique-style company for both men and women, featuring products made with hemp and certified organic materials.
4. Kerin – pretty much the Forever 21 of the vegan world, Kerin offers affordable, trendy clothing for both men and women that is free of fur, leather, wool, ivory and silk.
5. Kuyichi – established in 2000, Netherlands-based Kuyuchi is a denim company that manufactures lines out of 100% renewable materials.
6. Loomstate — founded in 2004, Loomstate is an NYC-based casual line offering clothes made of 100% certified organic cotton.
7. Matt and Nat — when founder Inder Bedi was challenged to become a vegetarian for 30 days, he decided to create Matt & Nat, which specializes in offering cutting edge fashion while committing to never use animal products or by-products.
8. Moo Shoes – also a home to rescued cats and adoption days, NYC-based Moo Shoes is a vegan-owned company that specializes in cruelty-free shoes, bags, clothing and other accessories.
9. Olsen Haus – featured in just about every mainstream fashion magazine, 100% vegan Olsen Haus is committed to showcasing alternative materials to promote fashion consciousness through example and education.
10. People Tree – Fair Trade company People Tree, based in the UK, recently collaborated with Harry Potter actress Emma Watson to create an animal-friendly line. Their new “Youth Collection” is endorsed by Watson.
11. Stella McCartney – PETA supporter and daughter of Linda and Paul McCartney (also PETA supporters), Stella McCartney has sustained a career in committing herself to designing animal-free fashions.
12. Vaute Couture – like “haute couture,” but with a v for “vegan,” Vaute Couture is a high-fashion company that creates animal-free clothing with the love of Ellen Degeneres, Emily Deschanel and Alicia Silverstone.
For more info, additional companies can be found in PETA’s “Shopping Guide to Compassionate Clothing” and the Humane Society’s list of “Fur-Free Retailers, Designers, and Brands.” Among the groups listed by the Humane Society are these five retailers, who have also pledged to selling fur-free clothing through the CFFS Fur-Free Retail Program:
1. American Apparel
3. Helly Hansen
And then there’s Express, which won PETA’s Proggy Award for Most Compassionate 2010 Fall Clothing Line last month in recognition of its new “(Minus the)” line, which features clothing that is free of leather, fur, suede and wool.
*November is National Vegan Month. This post is part of Safa’s month-long series on veganism and pop culture.
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