Creating apparel with a spirit of unity and compassion, SENTIENT offers apparel and accessories created with respect towards animals and the environment. For every sale of their Panthera bag, the brand will donate 10% of proceeds to Naturalia – an organisation dedicated to conservation and protecting ecosystems. SENTIENT has been featured in VOGUE, GLAMOUR, Grazia and Forbes.
After graduating from law school in Mexico City, Jimena Suárez studied at the University of California, Berkeley – this time focusing on sustainable development and environmental justice. Her philosophy in life has always been that human and non-human animals both deserve respect and a life free from abuse, mistreatment, and restrictions of their innate liberties. This is how SENTIENT was born.
“We believe that all sentient beings are bound by the soul through our presence on this beautiful planet.”
SENTIENT works with cactus leather created by Mexican material innovation company Desserto. This material is derived from the Nopal cactus, which grows locally in Mexico and acts as a carbon sink due to its CO2-sequestering capabilities. This tough, resilient plant needs virtually no water and naturally regenerates the soil.
The brand's production is carried out by local workshops as part of their aim to empower and develop small and medium enterprises. From pattern construction, to sampling and clothing production, metal fittings and other accessories, content creation and graphic design, as well as textile distributors and production lines we work primarily with micro enterprises and commit to their development and growth.
For their accessory line, SENTIENT partners with the workshop Ansar in the City of Guadalajara, Mexico. The first part of the production process relates to sampling and patterns - Pedro, a highly specialised artisan, takes on this crucial task. First, a carton model is made in order to approve size, design and details. Once this has been approved, Pedro creates the first sample. Following the sampling process, the production begins in the hands of Gregorio, Ricardo, Jaime, Mayra and Montse. The product is then reviewed by Mary and Elia, who are in charge of quality control and ensure the products have achieved the desired quality. Products are then sent to SENTIENT's warehouse in Mexico City. SENTIENT's ready-to-wear and clothing line is produced in the city of León Guanajuato, in a workshop called Gerhel, which specialises leather apparel. The production is carried out by fewer than ten people, starting with manually cutting the leather courtesy of Domingo Reyes. It is then prepared by Elvira Razo for production and sewn by Teresa Soto and Ricardo Rodriguez. Finally, Norma Sanchez reviews quality control and the product is then shipped by Adolfo Juárez. One of the company's goals is to ship directly from the workshop in order to reduce carbon footprint.
The brand uses labels made from cotton waste from the textile industry, including chia seeds to make them biodegradable. Plant-based ink is also used on the company's paper materials, which not only reduce water pollution and save energy compared to traditional materials, but are produced in Veracruz and Oaxaca, where production helps create work opportunities and support vulnerable communities. The brand's tote bags are made from unbleached cotton that is dyed organically, while the shipping bags are 100% compostable and made from agave fibres.
SENTIENT is a 100% vegan brand, and the cactus leather used by the brand is certified by PETA.
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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.