Many consumers are looking to be more ethical whether it be in terms of their food choices or fashion choices.
However, when it comes to clothes, the industry can be a minefield with companies selling items that are labeled as fake fur, which are actually made from real fur, or a blend or fake and real. (If you’ve already got fur items but want to confirm if they are real or faux – you can find a fur test here.)
In contrast to what some people believe, the fur industry has nothing to do with population control or survival of our species. In fact, animals in fur farms are bred continuously, creating more animals, just so they can be killed later for a profit. For more information, read 9 things you probably didn’t know about the fur industry here.
For consumers in countries without labeling laws such as Canada, the whole fur or faux question becomes even more confusing.
Just like everything, there’s always a vegan alternative – so here’s a handy list of some brands where you can shop for vegan faux fur. Some of our favorites follow!
12 Brands and Designers That Use Vegan Faux-Fur
1. Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney, a high-end designer has made it part of her brand to use only responsible materials, and as part of that, she never works with fur or leather. McCartney’s ‘fur’ garments may look like the real thing, but they are completely synthetic.
Stella is the daughter of animal rights activist and staunch vegetarian (not to mention rock music legend) Paul McCartney and faux-meat brand entrepreneur Linda McCartney so she’s been destined for kindness all along.
Find one Stella McCartney fur-free coat here.
2. BB Dakota
This brand is more affordable than high-end designer labels but doesn’t compromise on style, comfort or on-trend looks. BB Dakota’s fur is fully faux; made from synthetic vegan materials – but you wouldn’t know it. No matter how big or small the occasion, BB Dakota’s faux-fur range will ensure you look classy.
Find BB Dakota ‘Colin Light Beige Faux Fur Trim Coat’ here.
3. Unreal Fur
Unreal Fur is “[a]n Australian brand that creates luxurious & ethical faux fur”, additionally, the company’s mission is to create cruelty-free yet beautiful clothing. This PETA-certified brand is driven by a passion for animal welfare and fashion. From smart-casual jackets, bridal wear, vegan leather, and suede – Unreal Fur even has ‘Mini Me’ jackets!
Find one Unreal fur jacket here.
4. Zara US
Zara is a more affordable, budget-friendly store, which stocks an ample range of clothing, accessories, and footwear – included in their range is animal-free fur. However, while Zara’s fur is fake, the brand still uses animal skin leather, so be careful when picking products.
Find one Zara faux-fur jacket here.
H&M has long been a mostly US brand, however, now there are stores right across the globe. As this chain store isn’t considered designer, their garments and accessories are more affordable than a higher-end brand. This brand has something for everyone, including men, women, and kids. Yes, even vegan-friendly fur.
Find one H&M faux-fur jacket here.
Topshop is a hugely popular go-to for many-all clothing and accessory needs (especially silly socks). Since 2006, the brand has been anti-fur! From basic needs, to statement pieces, fancy-dress and a high-heeled pump to go with it – there’s no lack of choice to customize your wardrobe at Topshop. Funky, multi-colored faux-fur jackets included!
Find one Topshop faux-fur jacket here.
7. Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs
These furs are fabulous because they’re completely animal free. The plentiful range of all things faux-fur will have your vegan-friendly wardrobe kitted out in no time – perfect for those colder (okay, freezing) winter months. Don’t forget the pillows, throws, and rugs to go with it!
Find one Fabulous Furs red fox jacket here.
8. Free People
Free People is a brand all about wellness and form-fitting clothes, which your body can move freely in. It’s not all tight yoga leggings and crop tops though, there’s jackets made from vegan leather, faux fur, denim – even accessories, shoes, dresses and intimate wear.
Find one Free People fur jacket here.
9. Adolfo Dominguez
Adolfo Dominguez is a fashion designer whose brand of clothing is inspired by penguins, making use of loose and natural fabrics. Adolfo Dominquez has options for men, women and plus size – it’s hard not to fall in love with the eccentric yet simple chic clothing. Considering their eco-leather and faux-fur are vegan – you can rock sustainability with style.
Find one Adolfo Dominguez eco-leather parka lined with faux-fur here.
As Furless say on its website, “Furless offers vegan & cruelty free cosmetics and makeup brushes. All our makeup brushes are fur-free, and are expertly hand-crafted using the finest of synthetic and eco friendly materials. Shop our unique range of professional makeup brush sets, travel sets, environmentally friendly bamboo brushes, and vegan makeup – no animal testing, naturally.” With Furless, you can enhance your natural beauty without harming the natural beauty of animals and the earth.
Find one Furless professional makeup brush set here.
11. Charley Calder
Although Charley Calder’s garments look strikingly like real fur, they are actually made of completely synthetic materials. They even have hidden in-seam pockets! Charly’s faux fur coats have been featured on a popular TV show FASTLANE & MTV, as well as in print for San Francisco Chronicle, Elle, Allure and Vogue magazines. However, these coats do have a designer price tag to go with them.
Find one Charley Calder faux-fur leopard print cloak here.
Morphe finally confirmed their cruelty-free status, after many customers waited a long time for the ethical tick, so to speak. Some consider Morphe’s range of hats, tails, wigs, ears, and shirts to be a bit alternative and ‘out-there’, but everything is animal-free, which is arguably what truly matters here.
Find one Morphe fur-free animal hat here.