If you’re a compassionate, ahimsic soul, like many yogis are, but you also longingly pore over fashion mag after fashion mag, then you’re all too familiar with the ever-so-challenging search for chic, cruelty-free clothing and accessories. I, for one, have spent hours scouring the internet in often ill-fated attempts to uncover stylish shoes and handbags that don’t look like they belong on grandma (my grandma, allow me to say, was effortlessly chic at all times. It’s just a statement -- forgive me, Nana!).
Over the years, I’ve stumbled upon a handful of cruelty-free brands that offer well-made, beautiful designs and never use animal products. You simply cannot ask for more.
Matt & Nat (www.mattandnat.com)
This vegan line uses high quality synthetics and fabrics made from recycled plastics to create classic handbags and accessories. They’ve also collaborated with Apple to offer an exclusive line of environmentally friendly computer carryalls.
MooShoes is an on-line retailer and one-of-a-kind NYC vegan shopping haven. They carry skillfully designed brands, like Novacas and Cri de Coeur, that will satisfy even the most difficult to please fashionista.
Olsenhaus was founded in 2008 and quickly gained popularity. One look at their collections, and the rise to success is none too surprising. Plus, they boast leading celebrity clients like Gwyneth Paltrow and Anne Hathaway. Check out the Fall 2012 lookbook at . I’m particularly excited about the Moon ankle boot and Shift wedge for the approaching autumnal months.
Fall is right around the corner, and if it’s time for a few additions to your wardrobe, why not check out these designers and consider a stylish AND compassionate purchase? Happy shopping!