The masters of the vegan biker jacket, Dauntless was launched in 2016 with the mission to bring conscious fashion to style-conscious consumers and change the perception of sustainable fashion. The brand, known for its contemporary designs, has been featured in VOGUE, Forbes, and Harper's Bazaar.

Founder

Colombian-American entrepreneur Paula Maldonado has always been an avid supporter of social and environmental causes, and an advocate for innovative design principles. After completing the Design & Technology program at the Parsons New School of Design in New York, Paula worked for a startup in New York City, where she was part of the growth of the company that reached a seed investment round of $5 million. She also co-founded a company called Strategic Foundry where she offers consulting services.

In the meantime, she noticed there was a gap in the market for sustainable, high-quality fashion. Spotting a business opportunity, Paula launched Dauntless with a focus on honesty, transparency, and high-end design.

"We want to show the importance of maintaining and supporting a responsible modern supply chain. We are a team that strives to create high end designs with the best quality materials in an honest and transparent way. Our goal is to make the consumer feel part of our family and our brand DNA and to work together to create sustainable synergy."

Materials

Dauntless' covetable biker jackets are made from water-borne, solvent-free polyurethanes. The label is researching alternative ways to diminish the impact of these materials on the environment by looking into recycled or recyclable metals for buttons and zippers. No lead, nickel or zinc are used in this hardware – only nickel-free aluminium.

Production

All manufacturing takes place in the vibrant city of Bogotá, Colombia, where Dauntless' transparency-focused supply chain is based. The brand encourages reduction of paper waste in their pattern-making, and uses digital patterns. All production is on-demand, eliminating the need for large amounts of inventory.

People

Dauntless employs women who are heads of households to enable them to support their families. Fair-trade standards are used throughout the company's production.

Packaging

Dauntless uses paper-free packaging and avoids paper receipts in their shipping. They have also partnered with Better Packaging Co, which has created a reusable, compostable flyer helping to reduce waste in packaging. Dauntless' hang-tags are made from recycled paper, and all garments are packed and delivered in a reusable tote bag.

Animals

Dauntless aims to change the perception of faux fabrics. Knowing how damaging the leather industry is, the brand is looking into sourcing fabrics from raw materials such as plants and algae – always remaining a vegan label.

To discover more like this, visit our women's vegan & sustainable clothing collections.

You can read more about the problem with animal leather and sustainable vegan leather alternatives 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.