Leathers You Can Love: The Best Cruelty-Free Jackets

Moto Jacket by Michael Stars

Last year we talked about cruelty-free design with our favourite Toronto vegan designer, Hillary McMillan. Faux leathers have been steadily improving in make and popularity in the last decade, and now sophisticated iterations are being crafted from materials like—believe it or not—pineapples and mushrooms.

In the market for a new jacket in 2018? Take a look at these luxe, cruelty-free leathers that come without the guilty conscience!

The Free People Vegan Moto Jacket is a classic, cool-girl motorcycle style jacket with a gorgeously glam, detachable faux fur shawl around the neckline and cozy padded lining. Zipper closures on the side pockets and sleeves gives it an edgy look. Free People, a specialty women’s clothing brand, is the destination for bohemian fashion, featuring the latest trends and vintage collections for women who live freely through fashion, art, music, and travel. The brand offers a wide range of products, from apparel to accessories, intimates, outerwear, beauty, and items for the home — all reflecting a high level of quality, invoking attributes of femininity and creativity in design. Best of all, Free People’s apparel line serves as the perfect festival clothing. The vintage collections are exclusively available on the Free People website, and are bursting with rare personality and eclectic history.

A.W.A.K.E., an acronym for All Wonderful Adventures Kindle Enthusiasm, was founded in 2012 by Natalia Alaverdian. Natalia’s unique eye for fashion has developed through a multi-disciplinary career encompassing styling, art direction, and photography. A.W.A.K.E.’s saffron jacket is made from faux leather and is cut with rounded lapels inspired by the curved lines of octopus tentacles. The seams through the front create a slimming effect when the jacket is fastened by the elegant ties. Style yours with flared bottoms to mirror the fluted cuffs.

The Stella McCartney brand was the first luxury fashion brand to adopt an anti-leather, fur-free campaign, making it the first to design fashion that is both effortlessly chic and environmentally friendly. Stella McCartney’s Skin-Free-Skin Michaela Trench Coat is a modern twist on the classic trench in Italian-made eco material called Alter-Nappa. The interior features a contrasting check pattern on the collar and epaulettes.

Calvin Klein was an early adopter of animal-friendly designs, announcing in 1994 that he would no longer use fur or leather, due to “my own reflections on the humane treatment of animals” and “the fact that the fur segment of our business simply did not fit with our corporate philosophy any longer.” Crafted with faux shearling leather, this jacket is made with a relaxed cut, featuring a wide lapel collar, asymmetrical zip, side pockets, and a high-gloss coated finish.

Michael Stars began with one goal in mind: to create the perfect tee. Over the years, the brand has evolved into an inimitable collection of perfectly constructed basics, offering an elevated assortment of effortless, contemporary silhouettes made with sustainable materials. Inspired by the SoCal lifestyle, Michael Stars is synonymous with flattering, wearable essentials for the modern woman. This moto jacket has a removable zippered bottom to add versatility and convert it to a modern cropped fashion statement.

VAUTE (“Haute” + V for Vegan), the world’s first vegan fashion brand, was founded with a mission to take animals out of the fashion equation by creating something better, using innovative, high-tech, sustainable textiles, cut and sewn in NYC’s garment district. The label works with the best high-tech mills around the world and uses organic and recycled fibres to create textiles that are artistic and innovative. Here we are featuring the James, made out of waxed canvas instead of beeswax — a cruelty-free option for that vintage leather look.

Kate Shelton
Kate has led a diverse career in both the arts and business management. From dancing with the prestigious National Ballet of Canada to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Ryerson to then taking on the entrepreneurial role of running a small business, Kate’s wide range of experience has allowed her to develop a keen eye for art and design. As an avid Crossfitter, Kate has a true appreciation for leading an active, healthy lifestyle. She currently lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and their wonderful son.