Let’s not use the word pastel… This year’s fashion language is ‘ice-cream parlour’, but to be fair these aren’t your traditional babyish pale blues, pinks, greens and yellows. This season’s take on ‘sorbet shades’ means they’re more vibrant and modern-looking, and the way to wear these vegan shoes and bags is equally fresh; pair them with a greyish navy or military green for a grown-up look, or combine with each other and wear head-to-toe if you want to really show your fashion credentials.
Kensington Blue Cross-Body Bag by LaBante (feature image)
This quilted Kensington crossbody bag from LaBante London is also available in a very pale pink (called Nude), but I love this blue colour as it’s a brighter blue than your average pastel and makes me think of summer skies. In premium vegan leather, it has a striking double-silver chain strap, and distinctive V-shape quilting – detailing that takes it beyond your average shoulder bag. LaBante London is a Peta-approved vegan brand, and has been around since 2009, with the aim of providing covetable and fashion-forward bags and jewellery that are also vegan, environmentally friendly and ethically produced. The factories they work with are carefully vetted and required to undergo a social audit (involving opening up their payroll, attendance books, and facilities). Plus, they give 10% of their profits to charity. They’ve been named by The Telegraph and The Independent as one of the top vegan fashion brands to watch – I have two of their bags already and am sure I’ll be adding to my collection in the near future!
Acacia Espadrille Wedge Vegan Shoes in Koala by Matt & Nat
From Matt & Nat’s Flair Casual Collection, this mule is also available in Chili, and is a high vamp espadrille wedge with an open toe and adjustable back strap design. The heel is 2”, but as a wedge it’s still comfortable enough as a day shoe. Matt & Nat are known for their bags (their collection is extensive) – and if you like to match your shoes to your bag, there are several styles in this Koala colour too. They are one of the most established vegan brands (they started in 1995), with dedicated stores in their native Canada, and resellers all over the world – they only started their line of vegan shoes relatively recently, but it’s growing every season.
Drawstring Backpack in Blush by JW Pei
This beautiful blush backpack from JW Pei is made with their signature ultra-microfibre luxury vegan leather called Patina, that mimics the microscopic structure of leather (the technology has been around for a while but so far mainly used on high-end sofas, luxury car seats and shoes). It’s a material they say is soft touch, with superior durability and a luxurious texture. This backpack is also super lightweight (weighing only 750g / 1.6lbs), which is about 40% lighter than similar leather bags, and it’s available in several other colours (black, tan, a gorgeous bright yellow and bright cobalt blue – as seen in my Crayola Colours article), as well as a mini version. The lining is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, so you’re leaving a light environmental footprint too.
Air Block Heel Vegan Shoes in Vanilla by Patricia Correia
Patricia Correia is a Portuguese brand with a passion for animal welfare, sustainability and protecting the environment. They’ve developed a perfect capsule collection of vegan shoes, covering sandals, ballet flats, low block-heeled pointed courts and high-heeled pointed and almond-toed courts, such as this Air style. Each design comes in a large range of colours too – this one comes in 10 different colours, that includes the standard neutrals of black and navy, plus some gorgeous brights and ‘ice-cream’ colours like this Vanilla shade. The Pantone colour of each is also helpfully provided.
Patent Shine 10X Vegan Nail Polish in English Lavender by Butter London
This is a soft lavender crème nail polish by Butter London, a US brand with a love of all things English. Their whole range isn’t vegan, but their Patent Shine 10X range (with the silver cap) is – and it’s also free of the usual nasties you’ll find in many high-street nail brands (Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluen, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene and TPHP). Combined with added bamboo extract, that means you get stronger, happier, healthier nails. It’s also very durable, thanks to their Shock Resistant Polymer Technology, which makes their formula chip-resistant and provides up to 10 days wear. Available in a stunning range of colours; check out Five Best Red Vegan Nail Polishes for their best red shade.
Sally Point Block Heel Vegan Shoes in Tan by Beyond Skin
From well-established vegan footwear brand Beyond Skin, come these on-trend block heel vegan shoes with a pointed toe – perfect for the office and everyday wear. This pointed block heel style is really popular this season (Patricia Correia and Matt & Nat have similar styles in a wide variety of colours), but I love this light tan shade as it adds just that little bit of freshness to your outfit. Looks particularly good with navy.
Flamingo Bag in Mint by Gunas New York
This gorgeous mint green handbag is inspired by the flamingo bird; it’s sleek, structured and yet light-weight. Winner of InStyle Magazine’s Best Green Handbag 2015, Gunas have brought it back season after season in a variety of different colours, as it’s such a popular classic shape. PETA-approved vegan brand Gunas is a New York-based bag and footwear company founded in 2009 by designer and animal lover Sugandh Agrawal, an award-winning industrial product designer who ditched her corporate career with KitchenAid to start her own brand of cruelty-free fashion. The brand has gone from strength to strength ever since, more recently adding a small line of footwear to their extensive bag collection.
Poppy Strap Vegan Shoe Collection by Golden Ponies
Golden Ponies was founded in November 2008, and is based in Guadalajara, in México. They started by selling through an Etsy shop (which is still running) and have since launched their own website, offering worldwide shipping. All of their shoes are handmade to order, and everything is designed and produced in their local region, by family-owned factories. They have a large variety of styles and colours – including these very on-trend Poppy sandals – all made with faux leather and well-sourced vegan materials. Their price points will amaze you too – so good, you’ll want to order several.
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