A philosophy-driven sustainable womenswear brand, Taiyo releases one outfit at a time.

The company's mission is to provide pieces that marry their customers' values with their aesthetic, promoting an intentional way of living.

Founder

During her BFA in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute, Katherine Jacobson learned of the extensive impact that the fashion industry has on the planet, which led her to completing a zero-waste collection during her final year. She then worked for several start-ups and started a plant-based food blog, which grew to over 13,000 followers.

The wake-up call came in 2019, when Katherine was recruited to work in design for a popular fast fashion brand. Realising that this would go against her values, she leveraged her experience in the fashion industry to submit her business idea to a small accelerator, and decided that if she got in and won the pitch competition, she would pursue her brand. She did just that, and Taiyo was born in July 2019.

“Taiyo aims to build a community where we help each other realise that we are worthy of speaking our thoughts, a space where we can build ourselves strong to build the world strong.”

Materials

Taiyo's collections are made from deadstock fabric and recycled materials.

People

Taiyo partners with vetted, ethical manufacturers in Los Angeles who are dedicated to fair wages, health and safety, and promoting local economy.

Additionally, a portion of Taiyo's fabric purchase for their Luna Dress was devolved to contributing to the healthy development of the ethical cotton trade in Burkina Faso in West Africa. A portion of profits also goes to support medical care and education through the Japan Burkina Faso Friendship Association.

Production

Taiyo designs with a zero-waste philosophy in mind, ensuring that cutting scraps are kept to an absolute minimum. Any leftover cuttings are recycled. The company also makes sure to offset the carbon emissions generated during shipping.

Packaging

Taiyo uses fully compostable shipping material.

Animals

Animal-friendly vegan materials such as recycled cotton are frequently used in Taiyo's collections.

To discover more like this, visit our women's vegan & sustainable dresses, trousers, skirts, shirts & blouses and tops & t-shirts collections.

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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.