Svala is a line of luxury vegan handbags, handcrafted from premium, innovative fabrics. Featured in VOGUE, Forbes, Fashionista and more, this cruelty-free label is inspired by animals and nature, the relaxed, colourful feel of Sydney and LA, and the simplicity of Scandinavian design.
About the Founder
Svala founder Helga Douglas was unable to find stylish and sustainable animal-friendly bags and accessories, which led her to start her own label. The inspiration for the brand's name comes from Iceland, where Helga's mother is from – “svala” means swallow in Icelandic. This bird is a symbol of love, loyalty, freedom and hope in many cultures - everything that Helga wanted her brand to stand for.
“We have searched the globe to find what we believe to be the most innovative, durable and sustainable animal-friendly fabrics available. This enables us to honour the beauty of animal skins, without the cruelty.”
Svala is committed to using the highest-quality vegan fabrics. Each Svala handbag is lined with organic cotton and recycled plastic bottles, and the brand was excited to be one of the first brands worldwide to include pineapple leather Piñatex in their collection. A by-product of pineapple harvest, Piñatex brings new income streams to subsistence farmers. No extra land, water, fertiliser or pesticides are required to produce the raw material.
Svala's cork fabric is sourced from Portugal – it is waterproof, stain-resistant and durable. The harvesting of cork is done in a sustainable manner so that no tree is damaged during the process – the harvesting actually helps the tree absorb CO2 and therefore the environment.
The polyurethane used by Svala is sourced from a family-owned factory in Italy that supplies several high-end European luxury designers.
Transparency in the supply chain is a main focus for Svala, which all its European suppliers abide by. All Svala products are assembled in a world-class factory in downtown Los Angeles which ensures that the workers are paid a fair wage and have comfortable working conditions. Each Svala bag has been handcrafted by artisans, and local production is close to the brand's heart.
The eco-conscious Italian factory that supplies the materials used by Svala has installed photovoltaic generators on its roof in order to produce green energy and save CO2. Their processes are constantly monitored in order to provide a non-toxic product, fully compliant with the European REACH norms, which are more stringent than other countries.
Creating animal-free designs was what led Helga to start her brand – she struggled with finding a high-quality vegan product, so she created it herself, offering many consumers around the world an on-trend, cruelty-free option.
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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.