Vegan-friendly fashion is not all too hard to come by on the high street, with many brands and stores offering affordable, synthetic clothing and accessories, but coming across a designer replacement for my past leather handbag favourite has been more of a challenge. There are a number of high fashion brands committed to producing cruelty-free, sustainable items and there are even fewer others, who may not be known for having a full line of faux-leather goods, but just so happen to offer the odd few which get the vegan stamp of approval, though hunting them down can be the long, drawn-out and difficult part. I've had a good virtual shop about, not only for options to rebuild my own wardrobe, but also because I get asked for vegan designer fashion recommendations regularly - from left to right, top, middle and bottom, here's what I've unearthed so far...
Charlotte Olympia Feral Leopard Clutch - £358, Farfetch - Whilst I'd give anything for a pair of her Kitty Flats as a well-know crazy cat lady, and for the most part they do use vegan-friendly materials, they're unfortunately all lined with a leather insole. Alas, her range extends to accessories and bags too, and I couldn't help but fall in love with this all-natural, black and brown linen leopard clutch complete with flappy, playful ears, a zip fastening and gold-toned hardware - it would well and truly finish off and all-black-everything outfit.
Stella McCartney Chains Logo Plaque Shoulder Bag - £515, Farfetch - and Navy Falabella Shaggy Deer Flap Wallet - £230, StellaMcCartney.com - They may be far from my usual style, but I've quickly grown to adore the SM range, though more so the smaller cross-body's, clutches and purses. The grey Falabella can be worn as a clutch, across the body or on one shoulder and is a decent day to evening size. Out of the many colours available, her navy purse won me over with it's gunmetal chain hardware and the fact the lining is made from recycled bottles, say what? It's slim but spacious with a central divider, coin zip compartment, card and cash slots.
Givenchy Small Antigona Shopper - £695, Farfetch - Although Givenchy aren't known as vegan-friendly high fashion brand, they are known to still cater well, even going as far as describing the materials as 'vegan leather'. The PVC version of their Antigona Tote sold out in a flash and that's not to mention other previous faux-leather alternatives, but their Antigona Shopper is a permanent member and occasionally gets a revamp only in terms of the patterned lining. Made from polyester, cotton and polyurethane, it appears sturdy, comes with a detachable pouch and whilst there's no zip closure, I feel it would fit the bill for travel.
Soludos Jason Polan Wink Espadrilles - £70, VeryExclusive - I caught sight of these on Sincerely Jules' Instagram and I haven't stopped Googling them since. The composition consists of cotton and canvas with a rubber sole and jute lining, and they come in a plethora of appliqué and embroidery designs from avocados, watermelons, pineapples, donuts and coconut-limes to name but a few. I'll take a pair in every shade-way, they're the cutest summer shoe and throw a little sophisticated fun on your feet.
Kate Spade Cedar Street Stamp Dot Card Holder - £45, KateSpade.com - Few products from the Kate Spade line are vegan-friendly, but the odd bag or accessory can be found made from coated canvas or glazed cross-hatched fabric such as this latest bold and bright blue dot design.
Lulu Guiness Lips Patent Faux Leather Card Holder - £45, LuisaViaroma.com - The same as above goes for some pieces from LG, including this lip logo and gold detail card holder in the glossiest patent faux leather made from polyurethane which can store cards and cash nice and neatly.
Givenchy Geometric Print Clutch - £265, Farfetch - Made using the same materials as the aforementioned tote comes this black and white print clutch in a large rectangular shape with a zip closure and silver details, which too comes available in vegan-friendly tote form.
Matt & Nat Cynnie Wallet - £39, Zalando - Using recycled nylon, cardboard, cork, rubber and plastic bottles for lining, Matt and Nat are known for their ethical, eco-friendly and sustainable ways when it comes to their range of bags, purses and shoes. I'm yet to find a design I truly like, but I've heard nothing but good things in terms of quality and durability - plus, they're a little more affordable than some of the above!