London brand Murmali creates modern luxury cork goods that merge traditional craftsmanship with sophisticated yet functional designs. They were awarded London's Leading Vegan & Cruelty-Free Handbag Range in the 2021 LUXLife Magazine Leaders in Luxury awards. The brand has also been featured in VOGUE and Eluxe Magazine.

About the Founders

The brand name is a fusion of the surnames of the partners Marcela Murco and Miguel Chimali. They created the brand after struggling for years as customers to find sustainable vegan fashion options and saw the opportunity to create something.

The brand was in development for six years – nearly four of these went to finding the right manufacturers that could offer the transparency, equality and also environmental attention that Murmali was looking for.

“Our evocative logo refers to a link, one of the most recognised symbols of our days. This link represents Murmali’s aim of introducing nature into our lives through products that are made entirely of natural materials.”

Materials

At the very start of their journey, Murmali decided that cork would be the key element of their project. Aside from being a natural, renewable material, cork also helps the forest absorb additional CO2 when harvested. Because of the irregularities of the tree on its bark, the harvesting process is carried out entirely by hand, without using any type of heavy machinery. This also ensures the tree is not hurt and can renew the bark for future harvests. TCork is also waterproof, flexible, lightweight and easy to clean. The brand lines their bags with a 100% natural lining, made from linen and cotton.

People

All of Murmali's designs are manufactured in a small family workshop in Portugal, with a history of 40 years. Employees are paid well above the national minimum wage, work for 8 hours per day and are paid for any overtime they do. They are instructed in health and safety, receive skills training and do not have a longer travel time to work than 30 minutes.

Production

The brand often chooses materials that are local to the area where they are produced – cork is a prevalent industry in Portugal – to save on CO2 emissions connected to transport.

Packaging

Murmali's packaging has also been carefully considered to reflect their brand values. Each design is placed into a 100% linen dust bag made in the UK, then sent in a branded box that is 100% recycled and recyclable, sourced from a small company based in Spain.

Animals

From the very early stages, the two main building blocks of the Murali brand have been veganism and sustainability. These values are reflected in every step of their process.

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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.