I don’t wanna say that I called it, but I called it. Remember a few months ago when I was looking for a fake leather jacket and discussed the possibility of labeling clothing items “vegan”? Well, that time has come.
I was need of a new bag, and I wanted a well-made one that would endure like a classic leather handbag, without the obvious animal cruelty. As I’m sure we have all experienced, man-made leather imitations have varying levels of quality. For me, a purse is an investment. Thus, I found myself on my go-to fashion website, ModCloth, and instantly fell in love with a purple, hexagon shaped, vegan leather bag. Interestingly, what really sealed the deal for me on this item (which has become my favorite conversation piece) was its description:
Most catalogues and online stores simply use the term “faux-leather” to describe items that were man-made. This was the first time I had ever seen the word “vegan” used to describe such an item, and I was thrilled. Of course, these items have always been vegan, but the fact that they are beginning to be labeled as such shows the progress the concept of veganism has made in modern American society. Not only are we integrating veganism into our discussions about food, but we’re increasing awareness of it in our clothes.
I look forward to the day where all faux-leather is simply labeled “vegan leather.” Perhaps that day is still far off in the distance, but our society is taking steps towards it every day, and that’s pretty darn cool. This trend might even be cooler than my purple, hexagon shaped purse, which is saying something.