Gifts for your (vegan) loved ones

December 10, 2014


By Sarah LaBrecque

While there are lots of food options for vegans, those who abstain from wearing clothing which may have harmed an animal in its production, might have a tricky time finding suitable threads, or have questions about what constitutes a vegan closet in the first place. Leather, fur, wool and even silk (because it’s made from silkworms), is out. So where does a vegan fashionista go for ideas?

Vegan Cuts, an online curator of vegan products, recently produced a vegan fashion guide and lookbook which, according to Vegan Cuts co-founder Jill Pyle, has something in it for everyone. “From glimpses into the industry to inspire the vegan curious,” she says “to quick speaking points for explaining why cruelty-free matters to you when you face inevitable questions about your animal-friendly stance,” the guide is there to help.

One of my first questions after perusing through the guide was, where can I get these items and are they going to cost me an arm and a leg? (not ideal for a vegan). Says Pyle, “We feature a whole range of items in the lookbook, but these specific brands are mostly available online. Generally, it’s possible to pick up vegan pieces no matter where you are, you just have to know what you’re looking for.” Enter the pocket guide (included in the lookbook) of fabrics to avoid, their “Label reading like a pro” tip sheet and a full vegan shopping directory.

Common fabrics like cotton and acrylic are animal friendly but there are a host of others which should be avoided, such as pashmina, suede and shearling. Knowing which materials to be wary of means that a simple check of a garment label makes it possible to shop vegan, without blood, sweat or tears (literally).

And the common impression people have that it’s expensive to be vegan (both in diet and attire), isn’t necessarily true. “For those pieces that are on the expensive side, I’d recommend looking at them as an investment,” continues Pyle, “a pair of Nicora John’s and a Vaute Couture jacket will last way longer than a cheap pair of flats and a jacket picked up at a big box store.” It’s not only an investment for your wardrobe but also for these ethical designers and companies, whose designs will only become more affordable if they can reach a wider consumer base.

So as Christmas approaches — and consumerism inevitably heightens — and you’re stuck for gift ideas for your vegan friends and relatives (or anyone really), look to Vegan Cuts and their fashion guide as a springboard for inspiration.

My picks


Cork clutch – $70.00


Transformative serum – $55.0000003386_l

Deodorant cream – $13.0000003693_l

Chickpea Magazine one-year subscription – $60.0000003965_l

Mala beads – $36.0000004071_l

Hand-crafted bar soap – $11.0000004074_l

Lip balm – $9.5000004115_l

Gourmet chocolate bar six-pack – $20.0000004367_lCanvas bag – $33.00


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