What are vegan-friendly accessories?

Our vegan accessories are created with no animal products with includes leather, suede, crocodile skin, sheepskin as well as silk. Pleather is typically made from polyurethane bonded to a fabric backing, and faux suede is made out of manufactured microfibres. Beyond Skin's vegan footwear and accessories are manufactured using durable Italian vegan leather, 100% recycled vegan suede, recycled faux leather lining with a vegetable polymer coating, and a selection of Italian woven materials.

Are vegan accessories bad for the environment?

The majority of synthetic leather is composed of plastic and cotton, and while plastics are not environmentally ideal, when compared to the environmental impact of leather tanning, we believe vegan leather manufacturing is the lesser of two evils. Animal leather is tanned using potent chemicals in countries with little or no health and safety protections for workers, and little or no environmental protections. One of the chemicals often used for tanning called chromium is listed as one of the top ten biggest pollution problems in the world. Meanwhile, textile technology is always advancing, with trailblazing materials made from natural fibres currently in development. On balance, we feel faux leather is a more environmentally-conscious alternative to animal leather.

Why are vegan accessories so expensive?

Beyond Skin vegan accessories are more expensive than bigger fashion brands because our footwear and accessories are produced within the European Union by talented shoemakers and skilled stitchers who are protected by employment laws and health and safety regulations, avoiding the dangerous conditions and poverty pay that occurs elsewhere in the fashion industry that typically permits prices to be so cheap. We also found out that fashion is the second biggest polluting industry after oil, so we wanted to produce using only the highest quality recycled vegan materials for our shoes and accessories. As we’re trying to create fashion items that tick all the boxes of not harming anyone during production, not harming the environment and not harming animals, this makes our vegan purses a higher price point.

Why buy Beyond Skin vegan purses?

Fret not! No humans, animals or small children were harmed in the making of your purse. Beyond Skin designs vintage-inspired animal-free footwear and accessories, such as irresistible pointed-toe vegan stilettos, beautiful over-the-knee zip-up kitten heel vegan boots, vintage-inspired flat faux snakeskin vegan loafers, elegant ivory damask vegan bridal shoes and bold chunky sole vegan Chelsea boots all alongside a capsule collection of vegan accessories.  If you're looking for fashionable women's vegan shoes and purses, you’ve come to the right place!