Contemporary designs crafted from innovative plant materials to create timeless styles – Bohema is the vegan fashion brand that carries the message that fashion can be respectful of animals and the planet. With an appreciation for handmade craftsmanship, Bohema offers vegan shoes and apparel for the modern conscious consumer.
“We create for everyone who likes to express their own style, and at the same time appreciate the quality of craftsmanship. We believe that the future of fashion is in our hands. Together, we can set trends.”
About the Founders
After being inspired by his shoemaker father and his seamstress mother, Sebastian Szypula established the first vegan streetwear in his native Poland in 2013 – and in 2018, Sebastian and his partner, Wiola, launched the country's first-ever shoes made with pineapple leather. They followed this up with using leather made from wine and cactus, and in 2020 joined Vegan Fashion Week among its many forward-thinking brands.
Bohema create their collections using innovative plant materials. The brand was the first in the world to create shoes made of Desserto cactus leather, and the first in Poland to create shoes made of vegetable leather such as Pinatex pineapple leather, apple leather or Vegea grape leather – innovative alternatives to animal hides, which are also kinder to the environment.
Passion for craftsmanship has been passed down through generations in the founders' family. Bohema collections are handcrafted by their parents and friendly local family manufacturers. As the brand has developed, they've expanded our production to other facilities – but always staying local, to enable them to rely on the experience and craftsmanship of local craftspeople. All employees are provided with the best working conditions and health and safety regulations, and are paid fairly.
The company creates its shoes in a solar-powered facility. To further promote sustainability in their supply chain, the label makes their prototypes in one size only, only houses a minimum inventory and operates via a pre-order model where a large part of production takes place after orders are placed. This minimises waste and avoids overproduction. The founders themselves commute to work by bike or public transport.
All printed materials are made with recycled paper, and plastic is eliminated from Bohema's packaging.
Care for animals and the environment have been key values for the brand from its inception – Bohema believes that fashion should be about self-expression, not the suffering of animals, who are a part of this world as important as humans. Bohema aims to show that fashion can and must care about people, animals and the planet, without exploiting anyone. This is why the label is vegan.
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What are the best vegan trainers?
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.
What are vegan trainers made from?
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.
Are vegan trainers waterproof?
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.
Are vegan trainers durable?
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.
Are trainers the same as sneakers?
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.
What are vegan sandals made of?
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.
Are vegan sandals durable?
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.
Are vegan sandals better for the environment?
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.
Are vegan leather sandals comfortable?
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.
Are vegan sandals good quality?
Whilst not all brands are equal, at Immaculate Vegan we select footwear brands making high quality, stylish and cruelty free vegan sandals and shoes.
Are vegan sandals waterproof?
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.