Last week Sustainable Style Sunday served up some eco-friendly shoes for those of you who are not opposed to wearing leather. This week we offer some vegan fashion treats from the inimitable Stella McCartney, for those of you who prefer not to wear leather or other animal-derived materials. Thankfully the market provides plenty of options to keep you covered both ethically and aesthetically, whatever your stance on leather and animal rights.
In January of this year designer and animal rights activist Stella McCartney launched a vegan-friendly line of accessories that fuse man-made and natural materials with high quality construction. The Central St. Martin’s graduate has long refused to work with animal skins and is reported to have had this written into her contract. It is likely that Chloé was more than happy to abide by these requirements, as profits were said to have increased greatly during McCartney’s time as head designer for the house. In 2001, she began her namesake company in partnership with the Gucci Group and continues to churn out lauded designs season after season.
While it certainly is not necessary to be vegan to appreciate these accessories, McCartney’s additions bring a welcome dose of style to the vegan fashion market. In a recent interview she stated, “It’s surprising to me that people cannot get their heads around a non-leather bag or shoe. They already exist out there, but unfortunately designers feel they have to slap a leather trim or sole on them. People need to start looking at the product, and if they like it, that’s all that matters. If it has an ethical or ecological edge, that’s a huge bonus. We address these questions in every other part of our lives except fashion. Mind-sets are changing, though, which is encouraging.”
Now, if I could just get that shawl collared tunic sweater in organic wool…
+ Stella McCartney