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What is Vegan Leather?

by Subal Charla |  | 1 comment

Vegan leather comprises of Polyurethane or PU (this is what gives the fabric its softness), dye (this is what gives the vegan leather its gorgeous colour), and a few other substances to lend properties such as flexibility and fire resistance to the fabric.

PU and colouring dyes are added to a blender and mixed vigorously till the point the mixture gains the texture of a pancake batter. This batter is spread over a fabric like cotton or felt and made to pass through a series of heated rollers so that the fabric is consistently coated with the PU and dye mixture.

The coated fabric is cooled and left to dry. Voila! Your vegan leather is ready to be cut into a pair of Birks sandals, or Stella McCartney moto jacket, or a Charlie Feist backpack!

And if you have deep pockets, Tesla recently became the latest luxury automaker to offer vegan leather seating, joining BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, and Ferrari.

Not only does vegan leather make you look good, it also makes you feel good because it’s cruelty-free. More than a billion cows, pigs, goats, sheep, alligators, ostriches, kangaroos, and even dogs and cats are cruelly slaughtered for their skins every year. Many of these animals have their tails and horns cut off without painkillers, and some are even skinned and cut apart while still conscious. Vegan leather offers a killer look without any killing.

Comments (1)

  • Bee on September 28, 2017

    I asked for a Charlie Feist vegan backpack for my birthday and love it! Would like to have a few more pockets perhaps on the inside to keep safe my phone/ cards etc. perhaps something that could be incorporated for future backpacks or handbags…? :)

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