Get Ready! Vegan Fabrics To Replace Leather in 2018!

by | December 5, 2017

Is 2018 going to be the year we see more designers switch to vegan fabrics?

Winter is rolling around again and with it we see the fashion change to materials such as leather and suede, coming with it the unimaginable suffering that goes into people’s coats and shoes. However, it seems like one fashion designer is going to change everything!

These fabrics can often cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. With a limited choice for those who don’t want to take part in animal exploitation. There is now a range of fabrics that mimic leather, fur, suede and silk that are not derived from animals.

Fashion designer Lauren Battistini recently decided to create an entire fashion line out of exclusively vegan fabrics.

‘I found the vegan textiles were easier to work with than genuine leathers or suede’s, and I like the way they sew, look and feel,’

explains Battistini. ‘Obviously, they’re much more friendly on the environment and free of cruelty for the animals.’

Battistini was also able to create a very nontraditional wrap dress using a faux leather polyurethane material. ‘A lot of the vegan leathers are more workable and malleable than traditional leathers,’ she added. She paired the dress with an eco-suede handbag, made from polyester and plastic bottles. A material she says is a vegan must. ‘Eco-suede is interesting because it melds the worlds of vegan fashion with sustainability and environmental concerns.’

Another of the vegan fabrics she likes to use is pinatex. It’s a sustainable leather alternative made of pineapple leaves which are a byproduct of the pineapple industry. Battistini paired her faux leather wrap dress and eco-suede handbag with a crossover bag made of pinatex. Instead of using regular silk, which comes from the silkworm, try silk alternatives like soy silk, peace silk or satin blends. ‘Silk alternatives of yesteryear and the cheap polyesters, they were not breathable at all. These newly formulated faux silk fabrics are very wearable and breathable’ explains Battistini.

The last piece Battistini showcased was a grey faux suede dress which she embellished with metallic rivet details. She found it easier to embellish the faux suede as the material is thinner than traditional suede. ‘This faux suede has a little bit of spandex in it, so it adds stretch-ability to a garment, which makes it easier to fit,’ adds Battistini. There are lots of faux fabrics on the market and the quality ranges from high end to low end. The best way to find a good quality one is to examine the fabric. Another way to tell if it is high quality is to smell it. If it smells strong it has probably been treated too chemically.

In regards to faux leathers, Battistini gave her recommendations too. She says ‘PVC isn’t as flexible or environmentally friendly as polyurethane, so keep that in mind when shopping.’

Will you be on the lookout for more vegan fabrics? Let us know in the comments section below!

Alex Jones

Associate Editor, USA | Contactable via inquiries@raisevegan.com

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