This British vegan brand set out to deliver high quality accessories for men, although they have now expanded to include women's vegan bags and accessories too. Men are underrepresented in the world of sustainable and vegan accessories – but as more and more people are opting for a vegan lifestyle, Watson & Wolfe wanted to offer accessories that look and feel like something men were used to carrying.
The brand prefers vegan materials with sustainable elements, such as recycled fibres or plant leathers, but without losing the look and feel of animal leather. Durability is a big focus for this brand – every item is made to the highest standard, built to last.
About the Founder
Watson & Wolfe was founded by Helen Farr-Leander, who spent ten years working with leather goods at luxury brand Aspinal of London. But when she decided to start her own brand, she did deeper research into the leather trade – and decided that eating animals, and using them as disposable commodities, was not for her. So she began looking into new materials, seeking that luxury finish of a modern design with a high-end feel – all vegan.
“I wanted to build a business that was considerate and that my children could be proud of too. Nobody should be profiteering on the back of environmental damage.”
Watson & Wolfe's main material is a vegan eco-leather derived from renewable corn resources – 50% plant material, derived from non-food grade corn, which comes from a renewable source. This gives Watson & Wolfe's vegan leather a much lower CO2 footprint than traditionally made vegan leather. It is also completely free of chromium and PDD – harsh chemicals found in leather tanning. The brand also uses cactus leather and cork.
Their wallet linings are strong and durable, while maintaining a luxurious look and feel. The linings are made using 100% recycled plastic bottles, which use 94% less water, 60% less energy and 32% less CO2 to manufacture than virgin polyester.
The brand conducts thorough inquiries into their factories and suppliers about the conditions of their workforce, such as living wage. They also require all local government taxes to be paid and personally visit the factories when possible.
Most of the brand's designs are manufactured in a small factory in Turkey. The manufacturer of their corn leather supplier is based in Rome. It has three sites globally – each fully powered by solar energy. This supplier is also aiming to develop a 100% solvent-free product and a material for shoe lining with 80% bio-based content.
Watson & Wolfe's gift boxes are made from recycled materials, and their card stock is biodegradable and FSC-certified. The entire manufacturing process is chlorine-free, and it's finished off with the printing, which is done using vegetable inks.
The winner of the Best Vegan Men's Accessories award in the 2019 PETA Fashion Awards, Watson & Wolfe believes that the raising of animals for food and fashion must be designed out of society due to the damage it causes to the planet and the suffering it brings upon the animals. To this brand, being vegan is essential.
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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.