It may be the right style, colour and price, but does it have the right intention sewn into its very stitching? Something to ponder about each time we buy a leather product. With the environmental crisis looming large, it’s about time we joined the vegan fashion revolution by making ethical and conscious fashion choices in our daily lives. We rounded up 10 coolest homegrown vegan leather products that are helping us to make the shift ‘one fashionable yet ethical’ product at a time.
Coolest Indian Vegan Leather Products That Should Be On Your Radar
Riti is making that one little product sustainable and eco-friendly, that usually has leather written all over it - wallets. Start small by using Riti’s textured vegan leather wallets that comes in four different colours (beige, indigo, black & brown). Waterproof, super light, and also low maintenance, just wipe with a clean cloth and it’s back to looking brand new.
This one has quirk in its name. Kwerky has bags that are outright trendy, sustainable and vegan. This braided sling comes in five solid colours, perfect for a night out, when all you want to carry is your lippy, phone, wallet and keys. We also quite like the triangle cut-out hand held bag. Super stylish and suave.
Vegan bags that fuse style with functionality? Yes please! Broke Mate’s got a range of tote bags in dark blues, browns, and classic black hues that are just the perfect size - compact yet spacious. The minimalistic in me loves the fact that their bags don't come with unnecessary blingy addons. Plus the attention to the tiniest of details amazes me to no end. It is also one of the reasons why their bags are practical enough to transition from a work day to a night out without making much of fashion faux pas. Oh and did I mention just how affordable their bags are? Yep, won’t break the bank. You can shop for Broke Mate’s bag on LBB too.
Price: INR 1,199 onwards
Have an aversion to genuine leather but love how classy it looks? I get the dilemma. That’s where brands like Aulive come in. Their messenger bags, trunks, laptop sleeves, backpacks and clutches, are all made out of cruelty-free vegan leather. The colours are stunning – think tan browns, deep blacks, wine-like burgundy and the darkest blue.
A Big Indian Story
A Big Indian Story is on a mission to create products that are cruelty-free, sustainable, ethical and handcrafted by artisans. Their uber cool bags and footwear are made from Pinatex - a natural textile obtained from pineapple leaf fibre. Check out this uber chic Ajrakh Detail Brown Backpack. It comes with multiple slots, and can be converted from a backpack into a hand held too.
Now, it’s going to be leather weather all the time, minus the guilt. Old Tree offers vegan totes that are chic and look ever-so trendy. Plus their bags are minimalistic without engravings, bling & other kind of frills. Like this Solid Black Tote in vegan leather. It has been my BFF ever since I bought it!
Looking for vegan flats that are effortlessly chic and don't cost a bomb? Sole House has just the pair for you. I stumbled upon these Woven Broad Strap Slides on LBB Shop and I just had to get it. It has the 3Cs (comfy, casual, chic) that we all look for in footwear we can use daily. I will add another C though - cost-friendly!
Huddle up Ladies! Letting you in on a little secret about the trendiest vegan flats there are. Two words: June Shoes. Check out this pair of Gotta Patti Cross Strap Flats. Impressed already? There's a lot more where this came from. Don't miss the beautifully embroidered kolhapuris.
Did you know the leather industry is the second most polluting industry in the world? Every time you buy a leather product you contribute to the torture of animals and toxic contamination of the environment. Pochette is here to help you make a conscious choice. Get their Bi-Fold Textured Wallet in vegan leather and thank us later.
Need more options in vegan footwear? Say hello to Zebba! Flats, mules, sling backs, ankle-straps, brogues, loafers, pumps, wedges, ballerinas, slides - you name it. Zebba does leave you spoilt for choice, and guess what? There's no such thing as too many shoes. Specially when it's all vegan.
Classy, minimalistic, sustainable, functional and fab - Tann Trim ticks off all the boxes. Looking for vegan leather that - well - looks like real leather? Look no further than Tann Trim. We particularly love their wallets and trapezoidal pouches. They also have cotton face masks in lovely earthy shades.