Amen, the world is changing!! When I became vegan 5.5 years ago, there were only a handful of stylish, fair-trade, and sustainable brands selling vegan bags. Until earlier this year I was relying on Forever 21 and Target for my on-trend animal-free accessories; then I started learning about the exploitative and environmentally unfriendly practices of fast fashion companies. Just like before giving up animal-based food, I tried to justify purchasing fast fashion. I used excuses like “I don’t have enough money” and “globalization is good”. Thankfully my boyfriend had sworn off fast fashion before I did, and he challenged me to start making more ethical purchasing decisions. Lucky for me, in 2016 there are so many amazing vegan bag brands who are also committed to fair-trade, safe working conditions, and environmental sustainability!
I had the best time creating this video and modeling these stunning vegan bags. I also loved putting together this long list (down below) of other ethical handbag companies. Vegan fashion is here to stay! I’m so excited to learn about new companies, and watch them all grow.