My favourite Bags and Jackets That Don't Cost a Life.
I may not be the most fashionable person but I still like myself a beautiful handbag, a great fitting jacket and shoes that help add some sass to my step. For over 15 years now I have not worn leather and in no way have I felt that it has let me down on the fashion front... rather I still get comments about my shoes or bags from people when I am out and they are not aware they aren't leather, confirming to me that you can avoid leather and still look good. There are a couple things to be aware of:
- Non-leather products can ( but not always!) wear out more quickly, which is why I often choose products now that come from perhaps a little more expensive brands, but that still last the time because of the materials they use. I care about not being a wasteful consumer as it is bad for the environment!
- I had my last "pleather ( fake leather) jacket for over 10 years that I purchased from Dotti. It cost $39.95 which then goes against what I just said! So sometimes it is just about trial and error to see what works.... HOWEVER in that time I have become aware that some brands are more ethical than others when it comes to environmental and workers practises. I now try to shop from companies that are also doing their best of the environmental front.... I think you do the best you can but don't make it too stressful and we all start somewhere. If you are new to moving away from leather and just want to start their at a low cost point, you can always walk into one of the big chains like TopShop and they will often have faux-leather products. When you are ready, you can take the next step to sourcing ones from sustainable materials.
Here are some of my favourites places to get bags and jackets (shoes will have to be another blog), with different price points. If you are in Australia, for a wide-range of cruelty-free products, including many of the below check out the online store Neena, to reduce shipping costs.
High-end fashion, her products are beautiful but will cost you. I have had a couple pairs of her high heels and handbags in my wardrobe for over 10 years and they are still going strong. What Stella has done to speak out about cruelty-free fashion is amazing, and she has bags, shoes and jackets. ( Plus clothes if you are made of money!)
My everyday bag is from these guys and I love it. Mid-range pricing plus free from sweat-shop manufacturing.
With their standard price being $120 per bag, and their bags are all crafted using a material called PU (polyurethane) which is developed using natural materials to replicate the look and feel of real leather without the harmful side effects of cheaper plastic materials such as PVC.
I haven't ever used their products but I love that they keep it fun and on the lower price-point.
A jacket will cost you around $300 from these guys but they are beautiful and they are committed to sourcing sustainable materials and being conscious on all fronts of the making process.