Today is “Tsiknopempti” here in Greece. The best direct translation I can come up with is “Grilled Meat Smell Thursday”. For those of you who don’t know what that means, it’s basically a day where everyone gathers with friends and family and stuffs themselves full of barbecued meat (and usually gets wasted) in honor of the beginning of the carnival season. It’s quite an event. Unless you’re a vegetarian, like myself, in which case it’s really no fun at all.
So while scents of barbecued flesh waft through the air and pierce my nose, I’ve decided to console myself by focusing on some cruelty-free clothing and accessories. And while I don’t claim to have a vegan wardrobe – far from it, actually – I do think that with so many stylish cruelty-free options becoming more readily available, we can all start to incorporate at least some animal and eco-friendly pieces into our existing wardrobes.
If you’re interested, you can find a pretty thorough list of cruelty-free clothing and accessories in PETA’s Guide to Compassionate Clothing. In the meantime, here are a few of my personal favorites.
Vaute Couture creates vegan apparel and accessories with a focus on wool-free coats.
According to their website, Olsen Haus is committed to “merg[ing] passions for design, fashion, function and being a voice for animals, the environment, transparent business practices and unwavering values in ethical and social responsibilities”. Plus their shoes are pretty amazing.
For brightly colored and well designed vegan handbags, wallets, iPad cases and the like, check out Matt and Nat.
And then there’s the mother of all vegan designers, Stella McCartney, who proves that even high fashion can be eco-friendly without sacrificing design. Some highlights from her Spring ’13 line to get you inspired: