Despite the fact that the masses are attracted to fast fashion, luxury brands have retained their position in the fashion industry over the years.
But luxury brands aren’t always vegan-friendly because they use items and processes that contribute to animal cruelty.
There’s a shift happening in the luxury fashion world, though.
The unstoppable rise of veganism has pushed many luxury fashion brands to go leather and fur-free, along with adopting more ethical and eco-friendly practices.
Let’s talk about some vegan luxury brands to better understand how the vegan fashion world is evolving.
Best Vegan Luxury Brands
With more designers and fashion labels realizing the impact of their practices on animals and the environment, there has been an increase in the search for and adoption of safe and sustainable alternatives.
As a result, we have quite a few luxury labels rebranded as ‘vegan brands’ and several new ones popping up, too. Here are some of the best ones among them:
1. Svala – Vegan Luxury Handbag Brand
Based in Los Angeles, USA
Born out of Helga Douglas’ love for animals and nature, Svala offers the finest quality handcrafted vegan handbags made from cork, pineapple leaves, recycled plastic bottles, and polyurethane. Their designs may not be the most innovative, but their attention to detail and quality make the brand stand out.
Each bag is handcrafted in LA to meet the highest sustainability standards. The wallet purses have detachable chains, allowing them to be used two ways, and even the dust bags that Svala purses come with are made with organic cotton.
Moreover, the vegan luxury purse brand donates 10% of its profits to various charity foundations, including those working to end illegal animal trading. So, when you buy a Svala handbag, you’re not only saying no to animal cruelty but also contributing to reducing it.
2. Jill Milan – Vegan Luxury Handbag & Accessories Brand
Based in San Francisco, USA
Italy has been known for luxury fashion for centuries. The country is not only home to numerous luxury brands but is also a manufacturing hub for many overseas labels. Jill Milan is one of them.
While it’s an American brand headquartered in San Francisco, its products are handcrafted in Italy by local artisans known for their finest craftsmanship.
The luxury brand was founded in 2010 only but has established a name for itself in a relatively small period of time with its excellent quality products. Jill Milan bags have made appearances on TV shows like Gossip Girl and red carpets in the hands of Hollywood celebrities like Anne Hathaway and Jennifer Lawrence.
Jill Milan’s line of products largely includes handbags that look leather-made but are completely vegan. Apart from them, the brand also offers fashion scarves.
If you’re looking to add some classic pieces to your vegan handbag and scarves collections, you should definitely check out Jill Milan.
Like Svala, Jill Milan also donates 10% of its sales money to animal welfare organizations.
3. Nanushka – Vegan Luxury Fashion Brand
Based in Budapest, Hungary
If you’re looking for a one-stop shop to build a vegan luxury wardrobe, Nanushka will have you covered.
The Hungarian brand offers everything from clothes to bags and shoes to accessories for vegan fashionistas out there.
Defining their style as Modern Bohemian, Nanushka offers items that are sleek, versatile, and chic yet not too formal. What’s more, it’s not just a women’s brand. Nanushka offers a huge variety of vegan products for men, too.
It’s also one of the few vegan luxury brands that use animal textures on their products. From blouses carrying a snakeskin print to faux croc bags and lizard skin belts, Nanushka has it all.
The brand also takes the lead in terms of variety. From clothing to accessories, there’s a huge variety of items, all made without animal ingredients and non-sustainable practices.
The fashion label was founded by a London College of Fashion graduate, Sandra Sandor, in 2005.
4. Maison Atia – Vegan Luxury Outerwear Brand
Based in New York City, USA
Adding an outer layer to your clothing is one of the easiest ways to elevate your style and get a more chic yet sophisticated look.
Maison Atia is a luxury brand that helps you do that by providing an extensive variety of vegan outerwear. But these aren’t just any outerwear. The brand specializes in what the non-vegan luxury clothing industry is most criticized for. Fur!
It’s not real fur, though, of course. But Maison Atia lets vegans feel what the hype around fur in the luxury fashion industry is all about.
Chloe Mandel, the designer behind this vegan luxury brand, has imitated the animal material beautifully and offers an incredible range of luxe faux fur vests, sweaters, jackets, boleros, and coats.
While it’s essentially an outerwear brand, you can find some faux fur accessories and home goods, too, such as bags, eye masks, scarves, caps and hats, headbands, pillow covers, and throws.
The brand uses Koba to make faux fur, which, for those who may not know, is a fabric made from upcycled materials. It’s vegan and also eco-friendly.
5. O2 Monde – Vegan Luxury Shoe Brand
Based in NYC, USA
O2 Monde is a luxury brand that brings vegan, sustainable shoes from Italy to fashion-forward women in the USA to help them meet their style needs without compromising their ideological commitment.
O2 Monde shoes are handmade with love and care from natural plant materials at small, family-owned factories in Italy to ensure the best quality.
Knowing that many vegans are also concerned about using adhesives that contain animal ingredients, O2 Monde ensures that every component of their shoes is animal-free and vegan-friendly, from adhesives to insoles to uppers.
To support sustainability in fashion, O2 Monde only makes shoes in small batches, so there’s no overstocking. The limited editions drop monthly to ensure there’s no shortage of products, either. It keeps consumers excited as well.
The materials O2 Monde vegan shoes are made of include (but are not limited to) recycled and recyclable rubbers, bio polyurethane, and cactus leather.
There are a variety of different types of shoes available at O2 Monde, including sandals, sneakers, boots, flats, and heels. But if you’re to define the brand’s style, it would be bold, chunky, and comfy.
6. Votch – Vegan Luxury Watch Brand
Based in London, UK
Stainless steel timepieces were once the only option for vegans looking to buy wristwatches. But those days are thankfully long gone. We now have several companies making vegan leather watches for those committed to a plant-based lifestyle.
But let’s face it – they are not all good quality. If truth be told, there are plenty of cheap vegan leather watch options on the market, and there’s a lack of classy ones. Votch fills up that space for luxury fashion buyers.
The vegan and cruelty-free watch company offers fine quality timepieces with super classy vegan straps made with vegan leather, Pinatex, and mesh.
Votch watches are simple, chic, and elegant and are characterized by their unisex designs (they have designs specifically for men and women, too), oversized dials, and minimalistic frames.
The British vegan luxury watch company donates 10% of its sales to charity organizations every month (they choose a different one every time to make a wider impact).
Although Votch is essentially a watch company, it also offers a few different types of vegan accessories. These include bags, purses, pouches, cardholders, and bangles.
7. Benedetti Life – Luxury Vegan Clothing Brand
Based in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Founded by the award-winning designer and environmentalist Matera Benedetti in 2019, Benedetti Life isn’t just another vegan luxury fashion brand. It has a greater purpose than just serving fashion-forward vegans.
The brand aims to ‘promote slow fashion and give a voice to endangered species.’ The company also has PETA’s seal of approval.
If you’re looking to add some timeless pieces to your vegan wardrobe, shop from Benedetti Life’s animal-inspired clothing lines.
The brand uses sustainable fabrics, like organic cotton, plant-based silk, pineapple leather, and bamboo, to craft its luxury clothes.
Apart from its ethos, another factor that makes Benedetti Life stand out in the luxury/ vegan fashion world is that the brand caters to a wide variety of audiences.
In addition to usual western clothes, the brand also makes items for those who follow modest fashion. There are long dresses and vegan abayas for those who prefer more covered clothes.
One thing that stands out in Benedetti Life’s clothes is digital designs. The brand uses that because digital printing requires less water than traditional printing. Moreover, the dyes that are used are eco-friendly.
The range of products includes dresses, blazers, shirts, blouses, coats, jackets, pajamas, trousers, skirts, kaftans, abayas, and even raincoats. There are several items for men as well.
8. Save the Duck – Luxury Vegan Winter Outerwear Brand
Based in Milano, Italy
Established with the mission ‘to create products that respect animals, the environment, and people,’ Save the Duck is an Italian brand that specializes in vegan and sustainable outerwear.
The brand makes vegan puffer jackets, parkas, rain jackets, and gilets, along with some accessories and shoes, primarily for the cold weather.
Save the Duck uses Plumtech technology to replicate the fluffiness, lightness, and warmth of down and feather jackets. They also offer similar (if not the same) protection against cold, wind, and water as your standard ones without sacrificing animals for your safety.
One thing that makes Save the Duck different from all other vegan luxury brands on our list is that it doesn’t make items for men and women; it makes clothes for kids and pets, too. Isn’t it great?
For a long time, vegan fashion and luxury were considered the opposite of each other, and you would think of a hipster-looking person when people talked about vegans.
But times have changed, and we now have a rapidly-growing vegan luxury fashion world, making it easier for those belonging to this community to dress nicely and look as chic and stylish as their non-vegan counterparts without contributing to animal cruelty.
If you’re also looking to give your wardrobe a vegan makeover with some luxury pieces, do not forget to check out my suggested brands. You’ll find some really good options, I promise.
These brands will get your vegan wardrobe sorted, but what about perfumes? Check out my article Best Vegan Perfume Brands to get your hands on some animal-free fragrances as well.