Jenah St. is a premium vegan handbags brand designed in Berlin and made by European craftsmen in Italy and Portugal. Jenah St. is advocating for a more mindful fashion industry and is on a journey to becoming 100% plant-based and circular. The brand won the 2020 PETA Fashion Awards for "Best accessory brand" for combining high-quality vegan leather with European luxury design to steer the fashion world in a cleaner and cruelty-free direction.

Founder

Jenah St. was founded in 2019 by Jena Bautmans after her personal experience in the fashion industry where she witnessed the impact heavy industries have on people and the environment. Originally from France, after her studies Jena moved to Dhaka, Bangladesh which took her further to Myanmar and Pakistan, where she worked for an e-commerce giant. During her time in these countries, she learned about how the land and people are impacted by industries like fashion. Back in Berlin, she decided to start Jenah St – after seeing how tanneries process animal leather, her belief that aesthetics and consciousness can, and always should, go hand in hand, she decided to advocate for a for-purpose way of doing business.

“Jenah St. stands for the animal-free fashion movement and quality over quantity mindset with regards to its production choices.”

Materials

Jenah St. uses an ultra-durable vegan nappa that is 50% less harmful to the environment than cow leather. This water- and sun-resistant material uses 5.5 times less water and emits 50% fewer greenhouse gasses than animal skins. Other materials that the company is experimenting with are apple leather, linen and organic cotton.

People

The company has put in place a supplier agreement prior to starting any relationship with a partner whereby they guarantee that they do not employ child labour; do not utilise forced, convict, prison or indentured labor; that all laws in the country of manufacture relating to working conditions, hours and wages are observed; and finally, that they do not engage in any labour practices that violate the laws of the EU.

Production

Jenah St. only works with small facilities based in the EU in order to stay close to their supply chain and to ensure that the EU labour and social standards are applicable. Staying local also enables the company to visit their factories more regularly. Their collection is produced in Portugal in a family-run, 25-worker atelier in the southern region of Porto.

Jenah St. also works to empower women in Pakistan through RLCC, an organisation based in Karachi. With each bag sold, the brand gifts a keychain handmade by the women of the organisation.

Packaging

Recycled boxes are used as much as possible in Jenah St.'s packaging, which is plastic-free.

Animals

Having lived in Bangladesh and Pakistan and experienced leather tanneries from the inside, Jena  swore to get out of animal-based products. She didn’t want to support an industry that kills billions of animals ever year, and Jenah St.’s values reflect this promise she made to herself: to run a business that works as much as possible with nature, not against it. The brand is a 100% vegan brand.

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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.

Vegan boots are made without the use of any animal materials, such as leather, suede or. Vegan boots are made of a variety of fabrics, traditionally synthetic but increasingly using innovative and high performing materials derived from nature, with many of the properties of leather (but none of the cruelty, and with a much lower environmental impact). These include apple leather, cactus leather, grape leather, Pinatex (pineapple leather) and bio-based leather (made from oil derived from cereal crops). Sometimes recycled plastics are also used.

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 boots, you should look after your vegan leather boots. With proper care, vegan boots 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, we find that vegan boots are as comfortable as animal-leather versions. As with all shoes, the higher the quality you can buy, the more comfortable they will be.

That depends on the style and the fabric in question. Many vegan leathers, such as cactus leather, other bio-based leathers, and polyurethane (PU) leathers are naturally water resistant, in a way that animal leather isn’t. However it’s advisable not to let them get soaked, and to wipe off any surface water as soon as you’re able to. Allow them to dry naturally.