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15 Jun '15

Our Review: Wilby's Drayton Handbag

Posted by Unicorn Goods

We recently stumbled across this great little piece from Wilby's website, and are in love. We highly recommend this as a staple in your closet. Besides being PETA-approved, Wilby manufactures all of their bags in England, which is pretty cool. Manufacturing in the UK means that they can ensure that their workers are treated with respect and fairly compensated. 

Wilby Drayton Handbag, Vegan Fashion #crueltyfree

Wilby also has a strong environmental mission. Each piece carries a sustainability rating. The Drayton Handbag has an sustainability rating of medium. It's great that a company like this is transparent to the point of admitting that not all products are created with the same processes and materials, and that some may be better than others. We always support giving consumers more information so that they can make more educated purchasing decisions.

This bag is the perfect day-to-night transition piece. It's large enough for a pair of sunglasses without weighing your shoulder down. The attractive marbled faux material is soft and pliable like the finest Italian leather. Corner brass accents add durability. The metal chain hangs at the waist or can be tucked away to create a clutch.

The branded charm is discrete enough to not be too loud with a nice outfit. We aren't sure how the material will wear over time, but it feels durable and the chain is solid. Overall, this piece is versatile and an ethical choice for anyone wanting to build a minimalist wardrobe with as few pieces as possible.

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15 Apr '15

Doc Martens Vegan 1460 Boots, a Vegan Clothing Staple

Posted by Unicorn Goods

Unicorn Goods started with a search - a search for a pair of boots. Not just any pair of boots. These boots had to be: A) Vegan. No leather, but also no animal-based glues. B) Durable. These babies had to last longer than just a few walks. We wanted to buy one pair of shoes that would last a decade. C) Comfortable. Feet are friends, not fiends. We treat our feet well. D) Attractive. These boots needed to look good. No hippie things. Black is a must.

Needless to say, the search lasted a very, very, very long time. Six months, or thereabouts. There were many 8 hour days spent scouring the Internet for new shoes, using Google shopping and Ebay to try to find discontinued shoes in the right size, calling shoemakers to find out if that thing in the picture that looked like leather was leather or pleather, and zoning out at lists of "ethical" clothing makers on Peta.

Many vegan shoe options are trash. They're cheap. And when you're trying to make a shoe that is above all cheap, fake leather is usually cheaper than real leather. But we didn't want cheap-ass shoes. We wanted a pair of normal boots!

Our search happened with the Doc Martens Vegan 1460. This is the vegan version of the classic black combat boot for which Doc Martens has become eponymous. It meets the criteria: vegan, durable, comfortable, and attractive. It's a testament to how far technology has come, and proof that you don't leather to make a high quality, fashionable boot that will last you a lifetime.

The Vegan 1460 is made with a material that wears and feels like leather. When we received it, we had to double-check that we had actually received the vegan version and not the real leather version by mistake. There is no way to tell the difference through comparing the feel, luster, and interior texture. They smell and stretch like leather. After several wears, creases develop just like with leather shoes. 

The shoes are warm and waterproof up to the tongue. They're unisex and shaped to accommodate mens feet, so the womens pair we tested had ample room to wiggle the toes - hard to come by in a womens shoe!

We tested these on the farm for hours of manual labor through wet grass and mud, marching the streets of arctic northern Quebec in the peak of winter, working in a coffee shop for long periods of time on the go, in the office, and out at the bar. They've stood up to every challenge and exceeded our expectations. They're warm, yet roomy. They're sturdy, but stylish. They're waterproof, but breathe well. 

Our favorite way to wear them is partially laced with socks. Lace them up all the way except for the top two eyelets, then cross the laces and wrap them around the back of the boot, tying them in the front. Don a neutral color pair of your standard socks, bunched up so they barely stick out of the top of the boot. If you're wearing jeans, cuff then in a slender cuff so that the cuff just grazes the tops of the socks.

You can wear these with just about anything, in just about any circumstance. We definitely recommend them as our all-time favorite multipurpose boot. If you're going to invest in your first vegan item, make it this one. You'll be glad that you did. 

15 Jan '15

2014 PETA Vegan Fashion Award Winners

Posted by Unicorn Goods

It was almost exactly a year ago that PETA announced the winners of their 2014 Vegan Fashion Awards. They haven't announced the 2015 winners yet, but last year's winners are still doing great stuff, and they're still worth promoting, so here goes: Congrats to last February's winners of the 2014 PETA Vegan Fashion Awards!  Below you'll find a selection of winners that have been added to our directory, along a with a link to the full list of winners.

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