Your Cruelty-Free Apparel Guide

Your Cruelty-Free Apparel Guide

May 7, 2019 BY: Ryan Tempfer

Vegan apparel isn’t difficult to come by. In fact, most clothes at places like H&M, Forever 21, and the likes are made without animal products, only the companies aren’t producing those clothes for the environment or animals, they’re doing it because it’s cheap. That’s why this article focuses on cruelty-free products from outlets that take factory conditions, workers’ health, fair wages, animal welfare, water usage, and reusable materials into consideration. The list features local boutiques, chains, and online stores, most of which are from Los Angeles. Not every brand mentioned is entirely vegan, but they all have a large selection of plant-based clothing and pay particular attention to sustainability, environment, and employee well-being.

MooShoes

NYC, Los Angeles, and Online

Walk into MooShoes, take a look around at all the high quality leather boots, suede Chelseas, and fabric sneakers, and remind yourself that “this is all vegan.” Started in New York, MooShoes—a completely plant-based shoe retailer—now has a location in Silverlake in addition to its online outlet. Unlike “accidentally vegan” shoes made by large retailers, a pair of kicks here will last you for a long time, as they’re durable, constructed with integrity, and manufactured with high-quality materials.

Alternative Apparel

NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Online

“Soft. Simple. Sustainable.” is Alternative Apparel’s slogan and it’s an accurate telling of their quality, style, and ethics. They have company standards in place to ensure workers are treated fairly, waste is reduced, water is conserved, and the environment is cared for. Shop for wardrobe staples like hoodies, tees, and joggers at their storefronts, online, or at some Whole Foods!

Vegan Scene

Online

Vegan Scene is a female-focused boutique where 100% of the clothes are made without animal products! Browse their modern collection of mid-priced rompers, lingerie, tops, bags!

Tastemaker Supply

Online

Tastemaker Supply takes the hand-crafted appeal of leather goods and applies it to their vegan boots, dress shoes, and belts. Their shoes, woven from microfiber and microsuede, are constructed to be scratch-resistant, water-resistant, and breathable. Got an ex’s wedding you’d like to show up to looking spiffier than the groom? Slip on some matte black Tastemakers, pull out those old moves, and show that bride what she’s missin’. Use promo code VEGOUT15 for 15% off your purchase.

Reformation

Los Angeles and Online

With their headquarters and factory being located in Los Angeles, Reformation provides a truly local shopping experience. They offer classy one-pieces, bottoms, wedding wear, and pretty much everything else you’d want in neutral colors. Most of their pieces are vegan, made predominantly from cotton, however look out for silk, which is typically produced from silkworms. Visit one of their vintage or wedding stores in LA for a hands-on experience that’ll remind you how soft ethical clothing can be.

Keep Company

Online

Based in LA, Keep Company creates casual, skater, Vans-style shoes that are 100% plant-based. Prices are on par with most other shoe companies, making the switch to stylish, sustainable footwear a no-brainer.

Everlane

Online

At Everlane, stripped-back styles for men & women meet lasting quality, feel-good standards, and unheard of transparency, creating a catalog that’ll satisfy your wallet & your values.

Dr. Martens

Multiple Locations and Online 

Most of us are familiar with Dr. Martens bold, heavy-bottomed boots, made famous by generations of punk-rockers, but what are they doing on a vegan apparel list? In recent years, Dr. Martens has released identical, cruelty-free variations of their most famous styles for the exact same price. Now you can cop a pair of these classic, long-lasting, durable boots without a guilty conscious.

BEETxBEET

Online

BEETxBEET captures the “LA vegan” in a cohesive look, combining street fashion, message, and comfort with every shirt. Instead of over-the-top images or obnoxious lettering, BEETxBEET utilizes subtle wording and simple designs to strike an appeal that’s stripped-back, versatile, and casual. Follow them on Instagram for upcoming events or check out their website for their full collection of killer streetwear (metaphorically, of course). Use promo code VEGOUT20 for 20% off your purchase.

Pact

Whole Foods and Online

Pact offers irresistibly soft and organic cotton leggings, work out clothes, plain tees, and those items that aren’t so cool to talk about but we all need, like underwear, long johns, and socks. Their products are priced competitively with conventional clothing brands, meaning it’s time to head to your nearest Whole Foods and scoop a new workout outfit.

Vegetaryn

Online 

Witty, positive, and fun apparel helps define Vegetaryn’s straight-forward message: Eat more plants. Walking around with one of Taryn’s shirts on is sure to spark a conversation about morals, why you became vegan, and—naturally—where you get your protein from. Click here and use promo code VEGOUT for 25% off your entire purchase.

Groceries Apparel

Online

Offering simple styles meant to complete a minimalist’s wardrobe, Groceries Apparel relies on organic cotton, recycled materials, and vegetable dyes for the majority of their collection. Visit their website to re-up on everyday staples that’ll sustain future outfits as well as the Earth’s resources.

Vamvas

Online

If the combination of V and A immediately conjures up images of Vans, then the people at Vamvas are pros at targeting their niche. Vamvas is a shoe company whose style mimics that of old school Vans with thick rubber soles and different colored canvas tops. Classy or casual, these sustainable and cruelty-free shoes are suitable for any occasion. Use promo code VEGOUTLA for 20% off your kicks.

Whimsy and Row

Los Angeles and Online

Eco-conscious morals intertwined with chic tops, jumpsuits, and dresses, presents a blissfully overwhelming in-store experience, that’ll have you thinking “I can wear everything here and appreciate how they were made!” The company engineers their clothes using leftover fabrics from other manufacturers, turns excess materials into bandanas & tops, and manufactures without using any water!

Plant Faced Clothing

Online

While they’re not from Los Angeles, we’d be amiss if we didn’t include Plant Faced Clothing on our list. This female-run, sweatshop-free, vegan clothing brand specializes in streetwear with a message, and we’re not talking about $50 t-shirts with “VEGAN” printed on them. Plant Faced has unique designs that fuse tattoo, hardcore, and skate culture into a cohesive style for shirts, hoodies, and hats at a price that beats any Melrose streetwear outlet.

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