Luxury accessory brand STELAR reflects a new generation of social entrepreneurs, driven by a mission to re-define the concept of luxury while balancing the priorities of people, purpose and profit. The company collaborates directly with artisan communities in Bali using age-old indigenous techniques to create unique, hand-woven and hand-crafted luxury accessories.
Lorna Watson has spent twenty-five years in the luxury goods industry. A visionary who has built her career directing the creative vision and development of iconic collections for numerous international brands including Dior, De Beers, Burberry and Astley Clarke, her expertise and insight has contributed to making STELAR a brand to watch.
Having witnessed the phenomenal environmental and ethical impact the industry has been grappling with, Lorna was driven to create a business that inspires a new way of thinking, a new way of connecting people and a more responsible way to do business. An early adopter of conscious living, Lorna has made it her mission to make a significant step-change within the industry and the lives of the people she is working with.
“STELAR is passionate about reviving age-old craftsmanship, re-building communities and championing a change for good. Working in collaboration with artisan communities to re-imagine ancient weaving techniques, STELAR creates high quality, hand-woven bags and accessories using locally sourced natural, raw materials, designed and made to last.”
Always choosing pesticide-free materials, STELAR also works with bamboo, which is local to their production in Indonesia and naturally regenerative. Other materials incorporated into their collection include atta grass, which grows locally and is naturally dried to make the end product robust and waterproof.
The Bali-born brand is immersed in a wealth of historical craftsmanship – but also aware of the challenges that Balinese communities are facing. The onset of mass production and demands for cheaper labour within the fast fashion industry has forced many artisans to leave their communities in search of unskilled jobs, at considerable social cost, while still struggling to make a reasonable living for themselves and their families.
STELAR is passionate about reviving age-old craftsmanship, re-building communities and championing a change for good – the wage they offer their artisans is an average of 2.4 times the national living wage. Working in collaboration with artisan communities to re-imagine ancient weaving techniques, STELAR creates high quality, hand-woven bags and accessories using locally sourced natural, raw materials, designed and made to last.
STELAR works directly with the communities that create their products – the hand-weaving of the accessories takes place in the artisans’ homes and villages, allowing the company to avoid the excessive water usage that factory production often entails.
STELAR produce design-led, quality-based styles that are cross-seasonal and made to last while sourcing the majority of their materials locally and supporting regional businesses and producers wherever possible. By applying this integrated approach, the brand is able to simplify logistics, minimise transportation, and lower the impact on humans and the environment, which in turn, results in fewer CO2 emissions than traditional supply and distribution chains.
The packaging used by STELAR is recyclable. The brand is working on a new packaging plan to further minimise their environmental impact.
A large number of STELAR's bags are made from entirely vegan materials such as bamboo and atta.
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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.