Taking vegan luxury handbags to new heights, this innovative handbag brand launched in Paris' 16th arrondissement during the first COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020.  The names of the three “sister” bags of the collection – Florine, Faustine and Flore – refer to the “Three Graces” of Greek mythology: they embody charm, beauty and human creativity.

The name Thalie perfectly reflects the brand's commitment to sustainability and design: in ancient Greek, “Thaleia” means "the flourishing", standing for the blossoming revival of nature.

About the Founder

Having studied haute couture design as well as business management, designer Nathalie Dionne has worked in Los Angeles, Shanghai and Paris for over 15 years. Her design work has been featured in VOGUE, ELLE, GLAMOUR, Grazia and Harper's Bazaar, to name a few. With her brand Thalie, she wanted to unite Parisian elegance with sustainability, experimenting with biomaterials and innovative textiles.

“Reinventing the codes of the new bourgeoise and completely eco-concious from the design to the distribution, Thalie is modern, luxurious and accessible – the perfect combination of textile innovation and sustainability.”

Materials

Thalie's first collection is made with Desserto, a high quality vegan leather made from cactus fibres. Cactus leather is an innovative OEKO-TEX certified organic vegan material, developed and produced on sustainable farms in Mexico, deriving from the locally native nopal cactus. With a look and feel that rivals animal leather, Desserto is highly durable and hard-wearing. It offers high resistance to abrasion, rubbing and tearing.

Plus, whilst animal leather doesn't deal well with water or humidity and can rot or crack, cactus leather doesn't. It's also soft and breathable, and can be easily worked to produce beautiful vegan leather bags and shoes. As an organic plant-based material with low carbon emissions and limited use of energy and water, it's also kind to the environment.

People

Thalie audits all their factories to ensure they are in compliance with the highest-standard regulations when it comes to fair working labour, minimum wages, safe environment and good working conditions.

Production

All Thalie bags are manufactured in Europe. The design and patterns are created in Thalie's atelier in Paris, and the cactus leather is sourced from Mexico, to then be manufactured into bags in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The long-term goal of the brand is to work only with factories that are committed to the highest standards of environmental sustainability and ensuring a low carbon footprint.

Packaging

Thalie's accessories are packaged in polybags made from recycled materials, and the shipping boxes are made of recycled cardboard. All bags come in organic cotton dust bags.

Animals

Thalie is a PETA-Approved Vegan brand.

To discover more like this, visit our vegan bags collection.

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.