Yow! It’s officially fall and New York is making sure I know it. I had no choice but to hijack my sister’s closet this week since I own zero cold weather items after 3 years living in LA, proven by my lonely suitcase frothing to the brim with tank tops and strappy sandals. (Sigh. Christina, google weather is your friend.) Fortunately, I head back to sunny, palm tree laden SoCal later this week, but for those of you contemplating your closet today like “omg I have nothing to wear,” I’ve compiled season-appropriate vegan leather inspiration for you! This post especially dedicated to my cutie pie friend Linh Do who’s been asking for recommendations lately.
But first! I introduce one of the last projects I worked on at PETA before taking my short break, “Leather in Reverse”:
After the success of the organization’s “Chicken in Reverse” and “Milk in Reverse” videos highlighting the process behind these kitchen table staples, we realized that this kind of story telling could resonate for fashion garments, too. Some of our footage here is dated to the 90s and early 2000s, but the treatment to these animals used for leather is still commonplace in countries like India, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, etc., where most of the leather bags, jackets, and shoes sold in the US originate. And although some more high-end leather products sold here may be labeled “made in Italy” or locally made, that doesn’t necessarily mean the animal was slaughtered there, just that the good itself was produced in that location after processed skins were transported. And unfortunately, even animals slated for leather production in the western world undergo painful procedures like dehorning, castration without painkillers, and cramped quarters before workers in the average slaughterhouse rush animals through slaughter lines much to the detriment of the employees as well. More on the industrialized slaughter process in a book I recommend to all: Every 12 Seconds.
No matter all this, I’ve found that there is still a great attachment in the fashion industry to the material–the way it looks, drapes, smells, and especially because so many consumers still associate leather with “luxury.” So let’s shift that narrative. I’m confident that once the mainstream consumer and business owner begins seeing leather for what it really is in our modern marketplace: the skin of an animal who suffered greatly before their death, we’ll collectively become more receptive to trying out other more compassionate, eco-friendly options. Thankfully there are already many to choose from, et voilà the below. All vegan leather, all very much everything I heart:
We’ll take 2 please ! #realstruggle #impossible #bag choice #overindulge #fall16 #veganleather #thefrankieshop
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Where to begin! In a perfect world, probably at the Stella backpack… Happy shopping and fall and vegan leather future, loves! Til next time. xo