Leather has always been considered as one of the most durable material that does not only looks classic but portrays your great sense of fashion. Although leather has set some great standards in the fashion industry, the vegans had been raising their voice to stop the cruelty of killing innocent animals to provide a fashionable style for people. Now, that they have their demand to stop using leather is taking a hype, many fashion industrialists are looking for alternate options that they can consider in order to replace the leather and bring something to eyes that do seem not only classy but also feels great to wear or carry around.
There is a number of young designers that performed thorough research for bringing an alternative to the use of leather and only to work with other materials that can be proved best in replacing leather easily. They have established their entire brands upon these materials and running their business successfully as well. Some of these materials are also discussed below that are measured as cruelty-free materials and work with many different designs.
Cork might not be that common in the fashion industry yet, but it has been taken as one of the most eco-friendly materials that can be used in fashion. Although cork production has been a long tradition in Portugal, and it has been used by some great designer brands as well like Eve or Portuguese Corkor. Even the more prominent brands like Chanel have also utilised and experimented with this material as well.
If you are looking for more of a flexible, paper-like, water and tear-resistant material, then Naoron will be the best option to give a classic perk to many designs and products. It is one of the best substitutes that can be used after replacing leather. Renowned Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa has also experimented with this material.
Malai is one of the other alternatives that is used instead of using leather in the brands. It is a bio-composite material that is made from bacterial cellulose. The idea of using Malai in the place of leather has been originated by an Indian company. It is natural, and the feel of the material is also great so that it can be the best replacement for leather.
To Wrap it Up!
Since there are many options now available for replacing the leather, many fashion designers are taking a genuine interest in bringing in the use of these material sonly to minimise the use of leather and still come up with the classic designs of different products. Apart from the materials that are mentioned aforehand, some new designers are also using other unconventional materials as well, like recycled seat belts and even recycled plastic bottles that do not even look a little bit like leather and yet it still gives a classy and more groovy look.