Six Brands for the Stylish Vegan Professional: Clothes and Accessories

The Stylish Vegan Professional: Six Brands for Vegan Dress Shoes, Clothes and MoreAll right, ladies — if you’re a stylish vegan professional (or are trying to be), which are your favorite vegan brands for workwear? We recently received a question from a job-seeking reader about sources of vegan workwear — both clothes and accessories. Fortunately, it’s far easier to find stylish vegan professional workwear today than, say, 15 years ago. Before mentioning some brands, let’s review what isn’t vegan. Drawing from a post from The Compassionate Closet, here’s a list of materials made from animals (ranging from the obvious to the ones you might not think of): leather, wool, suede, silk, cashmere, mohair, alpaca, angora, worsted, serge, tweed, down, velvet (non-synthetic type), gabardine (wool type), grosgrain (silk type), jersey (wool type), satin (silk type). 

A search for “vegan” at Zappos brings up 700+ items, and a search at Nordstrom shows 350 (of course, you can further sort by category), and sites like MooShoes, Ethica, and Vegan Chic bring together many vegan products in one place. (Related: our slow fashion shopping guide.) What sources have you found for quality vegan workwear, vegan dress shoes, or other musts for the stylish vegan professional? 

But for those of you looking for vegan workwear brands that are specifically vegan-focused — not just animal-free by accident — we’ve rounded up six brands worth trying:

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Vegan, Non-Leather Shoes and Bags for the Professional Woman

Beyond Skin Women's Franklin PumpReader E writes in with a question about non-leather accessories…

My husband and I have decided to go vegetarian for ethical reasons. Although transitioning our diets hasn’t been that difficult, I’m having a hard time figuring out a way to replace leather, especially for shoes and purses. Most of the eco-friendly companies I’ve found just don’t look professional. Any suggestions?

Judging by the comments when we last posted a vegan shoe (also, ahem, the day we forgot it was Earth Day), you are not alone in wanting to non-leather accessories.  Moo Shoes in NYC is the big store we can think of (they “proudly offer the largest variety of vegan shoes and accessories in the world”); VeganChic and the UK-based Neon Collective also sell a wide range of shoes from designers.  We’ve also heard good things about the brands Neuaura, Beyond Skin, olsenHaus, and Charmone(We like the Beyond Skin Women’s Franklin Pump, pictured, available at Endless.com for $215.) You may also want to check out blog Ecouterre, which is “devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design.”

Readers, which vegan accessory lines are your favorites?

Incidentally — here’s a nice blog post we found while browsing — the author goes over some of damage that leather shoes can do to the environment, for those of you who are curious.

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Coffee Break: olsenHaus Grace 2 Peep Toe Pump

olsenHaus Women's Grace 2 Peep Toe PumpWe’re in a peep-toe kind of mood today, and we’re loving these lovely pumps from olsenHaus (which, apparently, has no connection to the fashion empire of those other Olsens). In addition to being ridiculously cute and having a heel below 3″ (the combo is hard to find), the shoes are also vegan. We like the gray/yellow (pictured), but the hot pink or teal would make a fun pop of color to an otherwise sedate outfit. They’re $199.95 at Endless.com. olsenHaus Women’s Grace 2 Peep Toe Pump,Grey/Citron,7 M US


N.B. Peep toe shoes are not appropriate for all offices. Know your office!

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