Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that the movie “House of Gucci” starring Lady Gaga, Jared Leto, Adam Driver and many more is releasing this year. There’s been a lot of buzz about it. And why wouldn’t there be? If not the people, luxury brands have always been a fascinating fixation for most people, especially those who can’t afford their products. We see them in movies, TV shows, runways, music videos as well as on celebrities. (Think Kylie Jenner, Irina Shaykh, Victoria Beckham and many more)
Since 2012, as bloggers and social media influencers became more popular, so did their fashion choices and the luxury goods they possessed at subsidized rates. But it’s different this time. Not only do consumers want high-quality fashion at an affordable price, but they also want these brands and their products to be eco-friendly, vegan, and cruelty free. But isn’t that asking for two much? Where can we find luxury brands that prioritize sustainability?
Fortunately for us, there are many luxury brands that make high-end vegan fashion at affordable rates. A few notable ones are:
1. Elisabetta Franchi
Elisabetta Franchi is an Italian women’s fashion designer (with a brand of the same name) selling all-vegan products: clothing, shoes and accessories. All products are made ethically in Italy (without using animal products) and are highly affordable. One thing that sets their company apart is Elisabetta’s previous work experience in the sales industry, which allows her to pay special attention to her consumers needs, listen to their feedback and involve them in the growth of her company.
Compassion, equality and our shared humanity are the ideals on which Nanushka was founded upon. Reducing material waste and ensuring that their fabrics are utilized in an eco-friendly manner is at the core of their sustainability approach. Nanushka is involved with several NGOs and non-profit organizations for donations such as The BIBI FUND, THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF MISKOLC, NŐ A SIKER FOUNDATION and OTTÓ HERMANN PRIMARY AND ART EDUCATION SCHOOL. Nanushka delivers a modern, versatile, day to night wardrobe for the modern human with the aim of creating a new informal and ethical form of beauty.
3. 02 Monde
02 Monde crafts shoes that benefit both people and the planet by replacing animal hides and synthetic plastics with supple plant-based skins and works exclusively with local small businesses in Italy. From insoles to adhesives and uppers, their shoes aren’t just vegan, they’re also clean since they’re handmade in one of Italy’s premier factories with ethical working conditions for artisans and fair wages. 02 Monde also donates 1% of their profits to ‘1% FOR THE PLANET’.
4. Rachel Zoe
First founded in 2009, Rachel Zoe, Inc. is a global fashion group which aims to empower women to live a stylish and confident life. The Rachel Zoe Collection has ready-to-wear, footwear and accessories lines. Whether it be luxury fashion or everyday ensembles, Rachel Zoe’s got you covered. And the best part? It’s all vegan. So you can shop without guilt, knowing that your purchases haven’t added to the environmental burden being faced by our planet.
5. Matt & Nat
At MATT & NAT, they value social responsibility, inclusivity, integrity and authenticity. Aiming to avoid any animal-based materials in their designs, Matt & Nat uses different recycled materials such as nylons, cardboard, rubber, cork and windshield resins in their products. Since 2007, the brand has been committed to using linings made solely of 100% recycled plastic bottles. As of today, they recycle over 9 million plastic bottles annually in the manufacturing of their bags!
6. House of Harlow 1960
Founded by Nicole Richie in 2008, House of Harlow 1960 is a lifestyle brand that specializes in apparel, footwear, accessories and limited-edition specialty items. The brand values self-expression, uniqueness, and creativity through sustainable and ethical means. House of Harlow 1960 is known for creating vintage pieces that inspire people and are reminiscent of Richie’s native state of California and her love for crystals and gemstones.
These brands as well as their founders and employees deserve a round of applause for trying to save the planet and lead the future of sustainable fashion, all while blessing us with high-end luxury products made out of eco-friendly materials and ethical working conditions. In a world where selfishness and relentless consumption without any thought for the environment are rife, such brands are a breath of fresh air and an opportunity to live more sustainably, which we should all embrace.
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