Sustainable fashion brand LaBante London aims to put people, animals and the planet first in everything they do. The brand, which offers handbags as well as shoes and jewellery, operates with the ethos “fashion is respect”, and 10% of its profits are donated to charities each year. The label also plants ten trees for every item sold, making each purchase carbon-neutral. LaBante's goal is to provide fashion for those wishing to live sustainably without sacrificing style. Aside from winning a slew of awards (including Best Sustainable Handbag Brand at the 2022 Enterprise Awards), LaBante has also seen one of their bags exhibited at the Victoria & Albert museum in London.
LaBante was founded by Vanita Badlani in 2009. In her teens, Vanita frequently spent time at the fashion company ran by her uncle, observing the creation of beautiful garments – that's how her love of fashion began. When she was a university student, she often passed by a butcher's shop where animals were caged before being killed in front of customers for their meat. Witnessing this process inspired Vanita to go vegetarian.
“The name LaBante comes from Sanskrit, and it means to ‘truly achieve’, which implies that it is more important to give back to the planet than to take from it. Sustainability is in the DNA of the brand.”
Despite forging a successful career in banking, Vanita always felt that her calling was uniting her passion for vegetarianism and fashion. Spotting a gap in the market for beautiful, high-quality accessories that weren't made from leather, she was inspired to create LaBante.
LaBante's bags are made from vegetable-based leathers and can be recycled at the end of their lifespan. The brand has pledged to be PVC-free and uses recycled plastic bottles for their linings. LaBante is also working with apple leather for their unisex line of shoes.
As a woman-owned and operated company, LaBante is committed to empowering women in disadvantaged communities by paying their workers fair wages, pushing for higher safety standards at their factories, and using their international platform to amplify their voices. Another way that the brand gets involved in workers' rights is by collaborating with anti-sweatshop activists such as Nasreen Sheikh to spread the word about their campaigns.
LaBante's manufacturing takes place in Portugal and Turkey, as well as Guangzhou in China and various regions in India. The brand's factories are powered by windmill energy and 50% of them also use solar panels. All factories carry international accreditation, such as Sedex and others.
This company doesn't believe that animals should be part of our fashion choices, which is why all their products are vegan and cruelty-free.
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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.
What are vegan boots made of?
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.
Is vegan leather and vegan suede 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 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.
Are vegan boots comfortable?
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.
Are vegan boots waterproof?
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.