Kaia Mar offers a range of sustainably made accessories incorporating innovative materials such as plant-based leathers. Their sleek bags are made more exciting by interchangeable straps that can be used to add versatility and interest.About the Founders
Kaia Mar was founded by Colombian Laura Texidor and British-Albanian Arlinda Ismaili, who met through work in 2018 where they both worked as consultants in the financial industry. Before landing in finance, both founders came from colourful paths: Laura is a former TV presenter, while Arlinda has a background as a yoga instructor. When their paths crossed, the entrepreneurs bonded over their passion for fashion and their love for all things sustainable and mindful, which led to the creation of their brand of accessories.
“Our commitment to sustainability is ingrained in our production processes, as we partner with vegan manufacturers and an award-winning supplier to bring our first collection to life.”
The company's luxury handbags are made from cactus leather — one of the most sustainable alternatives to animal leather. Award-winning pioneer cactus leather producer Desserto's material saves 164,650% of water compared to animal leather, and 190% compared to polyurethane (PU). The farming of the nopal cactus, where the material comes from, is also carbon negative.
Kaia Mar values direct relationships with their suppliers and only partner with companies that share the values the brand want to promote, such as transparency, which is also crucial to its consumers. The founders also review the results and certificates of supplier audits.
All Kaia Mar products are made at Veshin, a vegan fashion manufacturer located in Guangzhou, China. Veshin specialises in luxury bags and accessories, using exclusively vegan materials. Veshin's core values are sustainability and radical transparency.
Each Kaia Mar product is wrapped in recyclable and compostable tissue paper and mailed in a box made from 100% recycled materials, printed with eco-friendly ink. The box itself is also recyclable and compostable. The reusable totes that the bags come in are made from GOTS-certified organic cotton and also printed with water-based ink.
As Kaia Mar believes that no animals should die for fashion, they are proud to be a PETA-Approved Vegan brand.
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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.