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Grape leather is having its moment in the world of sustainable fashion

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and soon maybe a few grapes a day could keep vegans at bay? We know that fruits and vegetables are good for our health, but they could also be beneficial for the fashion industry. For several months now, they have been emerging as key alternatives to animal-based, polluting materials such as leather. This is the case of grapes, the new darling of brands, who are using it to design sneakers and handbags. An innovation. Apples, mushrooms, and spider webs After apples, mushrooms, and even spider webs, it’s time to make way for a new sustainable, ethical, and...

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From Hermes to Balenciaga, luxury fashion brands are championing leather alternatives

Luxury fashion has (mostly) sworn off fur, but animal leather might soon be next on the list. That’s thanks to the rise of sustainable leather alternatives that are now being produced from all kinds of substances: pineapple fibres, apple waste, palm leaves and even wine. These materials, which are made to mimic the texture and tensility of animal leather, are also much more appealing than the plastic-based fabrics that the term “vegan leather” used to be limited to. For one, plant-based materials, like plant-based meat, are much more eco-friendly. And, since most of them are produced in labs,...

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The first Karl Lagerfeld x Amber Valletta collection features cactus leather

The Karl Lagerfeld brand has revealed the fruits of its first collaboration with actress, model and activist Amber Valletta, focusing on a series of ethical and eco-responsible accessories. The cactus, one of several vegan and sustainable alternatives to animal leather, is at the heart of this collection to be discovered exclusively on Karl.com and Zalando. The alternatives to animal and synthetic leather are already numerous and increasing, and the fashion industry seems keen to progressively integrate them into future collections. After mushroom fibers, used by Hermès and Stella McCartney,...

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Hermès reimagines its Victoria Bag in alternative vegan leather

Breaking away from its leather canvas tradition, Hermès is moving forward with sustainable leather alternatives for its iconic luxury bags. While Hermès is known for its use of exotic leathers such as crocodile hide, the label has partnered up with MycoWorks, a California-based startup, to create its first vegan leather product, a reinvention of the classic Victoria bag, crafted out of MycoWorks’ patented Fine Mycellium, a mushroom-based textile. The new Victoria bag will also incorporate canvas as well as elements of calfskin into the final product. “MycoWorks’ vision and values echo those...

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Vegan fashion brands in Asia to put on your shopping radar

Vegan fashion has catapulted to the forefront of global interest over the last decade. Trend enthusiasts are now looking to invest in ethical and sustainable alternatives to the fast fashion and the leather industries. The latter suffers from several challenges like unfair labour wages and practices, animal cruelty, massive industrial waste, and contribute to a worryingly high carbon footprint. The vegan movement aims to disrupt the market and give us eco-friendly, cruelty-free style staples without compromising on quality. We’ve curated a list of the vegan fashion brands in Asia that tick...

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