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Recently, British international luxury designer Stella McCartney created a scholarship for Cruelty-Free-Fashion-Designers. For those who are unaware, a staunch vegetarian by nature, all the designs by Stella McCartney are leather and fur free. Not only that, the luxury designer also creates a vegan perfumes as well as organic-cruelty free range of skincare products.
Yes, the concept of ‘cruelty free’ fashion products is gaining massive popularity abroad. But closer to home it’s still very wishy washy. Let’s make it simpler; can you imagine staying warm and cozy without your woolen wear and leather jackets? Or make a style statement for without your designer leather handbag? These days many stylists and fashion designer will say that you can, all you need to do is to make different choices. Nylon, cotton, polyester, maybe? These fashion designers who believe in vegan fashion are abstaining from expending materials such as leather, wool, fur, silk and feathers in their fashion lines, and replacing them with ethical substitutes such man-made leather, fake fur, satin, rayon and cotton etc. Non leather bags, hell yea!
Yes, compassion is important. And if an animal was harmed to make a material, then it’s off limits. Even as select people in India deliberately go for non-violent selections in individual wear as well, it is in markets outside the country that vegan personal products are creating a wave.
Yes, it’s true that the substances like silk, pearls, shoes and bone china, some of the most luxurious choices we make are harshest on animals. But is it any different from eating non-vegetarian food items? And can the choice of opting for Vegan fashion be justified if one does not all the way and give up animals products in general? We think it’s all about individual decisions and choices, but yes, ethical living is the driving force for many new innovations such as leather shoes, fake leather jackets, and rubber boots. Long live vegan fashion?
Would you give up leather and opt for Vegan fashion to support your compassion towards living creatures? Or do you think the issue is overrated? Share your thoughts with us.