Happy “Shop Small Business” weekend. It has been a battle of conscience of the years as to
whether I buy leather jewelry, bags and shoes – Or opt for a more vegan approach. Yes, I know, all leather has mostly been equated as a superior quality to its more man-made materials. However, I do try to make a choice to go PU whenever I can and still get a high quality product. I sell very few “real leather” items on my site because I really want to sell high quality items without the sacrifice of an animal. No, I’m not perfect. Let me reiterate, “I am not perfect!”
With most jewelry it doesn’t seem to matter. Shoes, on the other hand, are often far better when made with leather. It breathes, it conforms to your feet. I do have faux leather shoes and boots. But, I also have many pairs of leather ones.
As for handbags. I have a mix. Michael Kors often uses real leather. I have a few. But, Louis Vuitton uses a form a canvas for their famous LV logo bags. However, the handles are real leather. Another handbag company I am mad about is My Flat in London, sold exclusively through Brighton now. I have quite a few of that brand in canvas.
I recently purchased a pair of vegan leather booties from Brinley Co in dark blue. Honestly, I couldn’t find any in leather. But, they are really beautiful and comfortable too. So, the struggle is real. I’m trying to find a happy medium for now. My goal is to get to a point that I only buy vegan. And with the advancement in the garment industry ever improving, I think in the not too distant future, someone will come up with a viable alternate that contours to your needs and is also breathable.
Well, I’ll step down off my soap box for the day. Enjoy your weekend!