Alkeme Atelier is an American brand founded in 2019 in New York. The inspiration for the brand comes from the ancient science of alchemy and the process of transforming and combining the four elements (earth, water, fire and air) to create something new.

The idea of breaking down and rebuilding materials has led the brand to produce handbags using sustainable, plant-based textiles. Alkeme Atelier use an innovative vegan leather that's exclusive to their brand. The base of the fabric is made up of 70% recycled materials, such as discarded clothing, and small, very fine fibres. Of the recycled materials, 40% is recycled post-consumer polyester, 18% is pre-consumer recycled polyester that is thrown away before use, and 12% is recycled wood fibre. The fabric is then coated with a high-grade oil.

Developed by advanced research, this signature vegan leather is responsibly engineered to outperform standard animal leather. While it has a similar appearance to animal leather, it is cleanable, longer lasting and almost one-third the weight of its animal counterpart. It's also scratch-resistant, high in strength and water-repellent, making it an immensely durable material.

Utilising mainly recycled textiles for their products helps Alkeme Atelier to minimise waste and reduce the amount of toxic gases released from garments that have been disposed of, and would otherwise end up in a landfill.

The brand is also pioneering materials such as pineapple fibre, cactus fibre and grape fibre for their vegan leathers, which not only helps to support these farming communities, but also reduces the amount of natural resources needed to manufacture their products.

The interior of each bag is also constructed with an eco-friendly textile. Recycled plastic bottles are transformed into a brand-new material which is used as the lining of each handbag.

And lastly, their dust bags are made of bamboo fibre. Bamboo fibre is made from naturally- grown bamboo, and as a fabric it is anti-bacterial, odour-free and 100% biodegradable. Produced in Global Recycled Standard certified factories.

Alkeme Atelier won the best brand award at Mipel in Milan (September 2019). The brand is PETA-Approved vegan and made in factories that are ISO 9001 certified and/or GRS certified.

To discover more like this, visit our vegan bags collection.

Read more about ethical leather and how sustainable it is on our blog.

That’s a hard one as ‘best’ is personal! Immaculate Vegan has one of the largest collections of vegan trainers from a wide variety of brands from across the globe. Take a look! Our best sellers come from BeFlamboyant, Humans are Vain, Yatay, Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, Ration.L and Komrads.

Vegan trainers (and sneakers) are made without the use of any animal materials, such as leather, suede, fur or wool. Vegan shoes are made of a variety of fabrics, traditionally synthetic but increasingly using innovative materials derived from nature with all the properties of leather, such as apple leather, cactus leather and bio-based leather (made from oil derived from cereal crops). Many synthetic trainers are now made using recycled plastics from ocean trash.

That depends on the style and the fabric in question. Canvas trainers are not waterproof, vegan or otherwise. But most of our trainers are water-resistant and some are also waterproof, as well durable and 100% vegan.

The quick answer: yes! But you can make them last longer by taking care of the shoes. Just as you would care for animal-leather trainers, you should look after your vegan leather trainers. With proper care, vegan trainers can last anywhere from two to five years, depending on how much wear and tear they encounter, which is the same as their animal-leather counterparts.

Yes! As far as we are concerned they are.

The British call them trainers, because they can be used for sports or training.

The Americans call them sneakers, presumably because, being soft-soled, they're suitable for sneaking around in!

But to confuse things further, they are also called tennis shoes in the US.

Vegan sandals are made without the use of any animal materials, such as leather, suede, fur or wool. There' a wide variety of materials that can be used to make vegan sandals, including polyurethane (also known as PU), apple leather, pineapple leather (Pinatex), cactus leather and bio-based leather (made from oil derived from cereal crops). In addition, some vegan sandals are also made from recycled materials, such as recycled polyester or other recycled fibres.

Many vegan sandals now are made using high quality and durable materials, and many of the new vegan leathers are of very high quality. But you can make your vegan sandals last longer by taking care of them well. With proper care, vegan sandals can last for many years, depending on how much wear and tear they encounter, which is the same as their animal-leather counterparts.

Vegan materials tend to have a much lower carbon footprint and be much be kinder to the environment than animal leather, which is one of the most environmentally damaging materials used in fashion. Whilst there are vegan materials such as PVC which are toxic and harmful, none of the vegan sandals or products at Immaculate Vegan contain PVC. We also choose to partner with brands who are creating the most sustainable vegan sandals possible, using the most sustainable vegan materials.

There's really no difference here between vegan and non vegan sandals – it all depends on the quality and fit of the brand and the styles you choose. We partner with premium footwear brands at Immaculate Vegan to bring you vegan shoes that are high quality, stylish and comfortable.

Whilst not all brands are equal, at Immaculate Vegan we select footwear brands making high quality, stylish and cruelty free vegan sandals and shoes.

That depends on the style and the fabric in question. Canvas and fabric vegan sandals are not waterproof, vegan or otherwise. But some of our vegan sandals are water-resistant and some are also waterproof, as well as durable and 100% vegan.