The best vegan fashion brands
Best for affordable totes and clutches
Wilby was born in 2013 as a vegan fashion range specialising in clutch bags. Not only are all products animal free, but they are certified for being eco-sensitive and environmentally aware too. The brand now sells totes, small handbags and clutches, all of which pack a punch as well as making you feel awfully good. With the brand's identity firmly based in the London neighbourhood of Chelsea, Wilby is also about celebrating British craftsmanship, but with prices remaining very fair, ranging from £40 - £120.
Best for affordable leather-look handbags
You've probably heard of MATT & NAT - and if not, get to know it before you make your Christmas wish list. With a huge selection of lovely leather-look handbags - from satchels and totes to overnight bags and backpacks - the brand is the place to be when you're in need of a fair-priced, well-made bag. The brand started in 1995, inspired by MAT(t)erial and NATure, using only vegan-friendly material and are constantly endeavouring to find new sustainable practices. Prices start at £80 and only reach £160 for a weekend dream of a bag and shipping is free if you spend over £50.
Best for high-end handbags
London College of Fashion alumni, Lorna Burton, started CoraLlei - an ethical handbag line with all products made from Italian vegan leather. Gone are the days when vegan meant a compromise with style - these bags are beautiful in their own right. From cross-body styles to large "leather" totes, sitting around the £200 - £400 mark, here is where you will find a high-end but affordable piece that will take you through the seasons.
Best for designer handbags
Stella McCartney is one of fashion's most famous vegetarians, refusing to use any leather or fur in her designs. For designer handbags, she really is the best at proving that animal-free products do not need to mean a compromise on style. Explaining in an interview with us at her collection reveal this summer, she admitted, "Most of the women here tonight probably don't even know the bags aren't leather, and I find that very exciting." Expect to pay between £175 and £1,500 depending on your choice of tote.
Best for affordable casual shoes
Wills describes itself as an 'animal and human friendly' brand, with shoes being made animal free and all workers being paid and treated in accordance to European regulations. The brand was started with the aim to bridge the gap between wearing affordable, high-street type fashion and living an ethical life. The designs really do echo what is happening on the high street and prices are what you'd expect to pay there too (ranging from £40 - £100). We are in love with their monogrammed loafers and would happily slip into a pair of these vegan sneakers.
Best for affordable smart shoes and boots
Beyond Skin is a Brighton-based, vegan-friendly footwear brand, which began in 2001 in a bid to inject some much needed style into veggie fashion. It now carries everything from bridal shoes to office pumps and a great selection of leather and suede-look boots, perfect for winter. You will pay from between £80 - £250 for a pair of shoes, all of which are handmade in Spain. Oh, and Natalie Portman is a fan too.
Best for high-end shoes
Italian vegan leather is a dream come true for any cruelty-conscious fashionista and Noah provide just that, and in style. Whether you're after ballerinas, trainers, strappy sandals or winter boots, Noah can have you kitted out for every season and occasion. All products are exclusively handcrafted in traditional Italian techniques and use no animal products whatsoever. Expect to pay between £100 - £250 for a pair. They are shipped from Germany though, so be aware of international shipping charges.
Best for designer shoes
Stella McCartney's leather-look shoes can't go without a mention either. Whether you are wanting trend-driven flatforms or a simple - but expertly designed - "leather" court shoe, then this brand is your calling. Obviously you will have to fork out, but there's a reason so many people turn to Stella.
Best for faux-fur coats
If you've missed the Shrimps revolution, then you need to get on board. The London Fashion Week brand has taken the world by storm in the last few months, with every fashion editor having one of these colourful coats on their wish list. A cropped jacket costs £450 and if you can stretch to £595, you can bag yourself the gorgeous Dulcie coat.
Best for faux-fur accessories
Helen Moore is a family-run company which launched back in 1982 but has been going from strength to strength more recently. With brightly coloured, patterned and innovative designs, you will find faux-fur clutches, muffs, collars and scarves which you will want to order immediately, especially as the winter chill hits. A new fluffy friend will set you back £40 - £150.
Best for high-end basics
For vegan wardrobes in need of high-quality basics, Alabama Chanin is a name to know. The company use only organic cotton jersey fabric in all their designs and maintain sustainable practices and slow fashion techniques in the creation of their garments. For basic tops and tunics, you will pay about £100 - £150 and for more intricate designs - which are all cut, painted and sewn on order - be prepared to part with around £500.
Best for affordable novelty basics
Black Score is a mighty fine T-shirt company, which is not only vegan but full of humour, too. From fashion jokes to doodles of Cara Delevingne and Kanye West, this should be your go to for funny, cool T-shirts which cash in on the novelty trend but are also entirely animal-friendly. A tee will set you back between £20 - £40 and all are handmade on order.
Best for mid-priced statement pieces
Launched in 2009, Vaute Couture aimed to put the vegan into haute couture. Initially setting out to create the perfect coat for Chicago winters, the brand now also sells allsorts of other wardrobe essentials, including party-ready dresses and wonderful winter accessories. The brand combines high design with high function and most importantly, high ethics - taking animals out of the fashion equation. Although branded as haute couture, the prices aren't as bank-breaking as you might expect, with a coat around the £300 mark and a dress about £150. Although there is just one flat shipping cost, duties and taxes will be added on delivery so check what these will be for your desired items before a big order.
Best for high-end statement pieces
Umasan is a Berlin-based company specialising in vegan pieces with a high-fashion feel. The designs stick to a white, grey and black theme and all have twist in their pattern cutting, whether it be a low crotch or an asymmetric hem. You'll pay £400 plus for a jacket but can wangle a long-sleeved tee for about £100.
Best for designer statement pieces
Adolfo Dominguez is a renowned Spanish designer who specialises in expert craftsmanship and - like all these brands - has PETA 's approved vegan logo. If you're looking for designer cocktail dresses, workwear and stunning faux-leather jackets, look no further. Shop online or check out his Covent Garden store.