Leather jackets have been a staple fashion trend for decades; they’re durable, stylish, and protective.
In recent years, the push for more ethical and sustainable fashion has pushed the fashion industry to find alternatives that are just as durable while being better for the environment.
From this ethical fashion push came the invention and founding of vegan leather.
Many people think vegan leather is just pleather, but they are very different. Vegan leather can be an all inclusive term for ‘fake’ leather jackets but when talking about vegan leather and pleather, there are some key differences that set them apart. Vegan leather is the term usually upgraded version of pleather, substituting the plastic, PVC, polyurethane for more sustainable materials like apple peels, cacti, pineapple leaves, and recycled plastics.
By using sustainable materials and creating durable clothing items, vegan leather gives fashionistas and everyday people a chance to enjoy the benefits of leather in a cruelty free product.
Vegan leather started becoming more and more common in the past decade, it started as a niche product for eco-friendly fashion brands. Now, with more and more brands adding sustainability into their business plan and more people wanting to lower their own carbon foot print, many mega fashion brands have added vegan leather to their catalog.
The addition of vegan leather in global brands can be a tell-tale sign for the overall inclusion of cruelty free and vegan products throughout the fashion industry.
The vegan leather trend is still on the uprise, with many companies following along, more designers finding innovative alternatives, and consumers demanding more environmentally friendly options that can withstand the wear and tear of life.
Vegan leather jackets and purses are all the rage right now, but what will be next? Boots, sneakers, or pants? Keep an eye out for the next vegan leather trend and get yourself a hot vegan leather jacket to wear for any occasion.
Rachie is a blogger and freelance writer and marketer based out of the United States. Her blog focuses on travel, freelancing, and a vegan lifestyle. Follow along with Rachie’s adventures by visiting her blog travelwithrachie.com or following her on Instagram @travelwithrachie.