My Favorite Vegan Picks from the Matt & Nat Sale

How is everyone doing out there in quarantine? I realize not many of us are shopping these days, but if you’re like me, window shopping is still just as fun. There are so many sales going on right now that are totally tempting me…and sometimes it’s great to treat yourself, right? Even if you’re wearing nothing but sweatpants and tee shirts while sheltering in place during the current pandemic, a nice little purchase here and there can really do wonders to lift your spirits and help you stay optimistic about everything returning to “normal” again. Also, when it’s raining sales, it’s definitely the right time to do it. One current sale that is calling my name at the moment is Matt & Nat‘s current offerings, which includes sustainable (recycled and vegan materials) handbags, shoes and apparel.

Matt & Nat has popped up many times here on my blog, for good reason. It’s tough to find durable non-leather options, and this brand, along with BLANKNYC, are my top two favorites. I have a wristlet wallet I use often while grocery shopping during the current pandemic because it’s more convenient, less to touch and carry, and easily disinfected. It also holds all my essentials perfectly despite its small size. I’ve had it for almost ten years or so and it is still in tip top condition! For so long I stopped buying vegan leather because it would either flake or fall apart so quickly, but I’m happy to tell those who are super conscious about cruelty free options that quality ones are definitely out there!

Everything from Matt & Nat’s handbag collections feature lining made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, and other sustainable items such as cork and rubber are regularly used. PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinylchloride) faux leathers are used, with PU leading the way due to the fact that it is less harmful to the environment than PVC. Factories are also highly regulated for ethical standards.

So, speaking of sales…here are my favorite pieces that are currently included in a big sale made up of Matt & Nat’s awesome vegan collections! Click on each item to shop, and a link is provided at the bottom to shop the entire sale.

Shop the rest of the sale right here!

Five Independent Apparel Brands Producing Face Masks

Independent Apparel Brands Producing Face Masks

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I’m sure many of us are seeing more and more ads everyday from brands dropping pricing to keep afloat during these trying times…even though most people are shifting their shopping habits from wants to needs. It’s truly a time to redefine what really matters, and for some, to reinvent ourselves. I’ve seen a lot of patterns floating around for those who can sew and create face masks, even though debate seems to be rolling on about their true effectiveness. Either way, what we do know is that they at least help slow the spread for those who may be carrying COVID-19 and not know it, or are showing some symptoms and need to leave the house for a good reason. Whatever you believe in, I feel it’s better than nothing, right? They are sold out just about everywhere, so like wartime, people all over are stepping up to the plate to do their part, including several independent brands who are most at risk of facing financial hardship and care about giving back.

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The New earthwise™ Eco Friendly Footwear from TOMS

The New earthwise™ Eco Friendly Footwear Collection from TOMS

Image: TOMS.

There definitely has been a huge surge in brands taking the sustainable route, and I’m obviously happy to see it. I realized I hadn’t written much about charitable brands lately, as it seems the eco-friendly train is the one to hop on these days. Because of that, I realize and worry that maybe the term “sustainable” has become a bit much of a marketing buzzword, but at least I can trust some brands who take on both avenues out of the goodness of their hearts rather than simply hopping on the latest trends to stay afloat. I’m sure most of you have heard of TOMS, the footwear company known mostly by their humanitarian efforts, whether it be donating a pair for each purchased, supporting artists in Haiti, supporting Nepal, helping shelter animals find homes, giving the gift of sight or contributing to the cause of clean water for everyone around the world. TOMS has just taken another step forward with a new eco friendly footwear collection, called earthwise™.

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Vegan Footwear from Matt & Nat

Vegan Footwear from Matt & Nat

Image: Matt & Nat

When I shop for footwear I’m usually hunting for leather styles due to durability and luxurious way it softens and breaks in. I’m definitely a second-hand shopper these days to keep things even more sustainable (both for the planet and my wallet), and it’s not too difficult to find the things I need with a little hunting. However, I understand the needs and different lifestyles of others, and I am always interested in finding stylish and durable alternatives to anything that involve animal products. It can be tough with vegan leather since there is so much out there that falls apart easily and also ventures into the not-so-sustainable route with the use of plastics. Two of the vegan leather brands that I always trust are BLANKNYC and Matt & Nat. I have several pieces from both, but for this post I’m focusing on the latter, from which I own a wallet as well as a clutch which I use all the time and it’s held up for many many years. I believe this brand is best known by their eco-friendly vegan handbags, but I wanted to share some of their vegan footwear with my readers as well!

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Real Good™ Sustainable Swimwear from Aerie

It’s that time again…to stock up on swimwear for Summer! It will be here quick…don’t we all know it? Or maybe it’s that time to embark on a warm vacation somewhere to escape this winter cold. Either way, shopping for the perfect swimsuit can sometimes be like shopping for your new favorite pair of jeans. There are so many fits, colors and styles that flatter different body types, or maybe you just aren’t sure what kind of look you’re going for. If I could help direct you to quality swimwear that won’t break the bank and is also friendly towards the environment, read on! I’m excited to see one of my favorite brands, American Eagle Outfitters and their sister brand Aerie, have got you covered with new sustainable swimwear.

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New Sustainable Jeans for Spring from J Brand

New Sustainable Jeans for Spring from J Brand

Image: J Brand

The fashion world is becoming more and more conscious of the importance of shopping sustainably, even though fast fashion still seems to be going strong. It’s an interesting paradox, but I’m glad to know more and more brands are realizing the need to be better. Denim is a dirty industry, considering the immense water usage and toxic chemicals needed to create those beautiful lived-in fades and feel that we are always looking for in the perfect pair of jeans. However, the tide is changing. I’ve written about many of these companies, but J Brand is one that has made some pretty impressive strides over most of them. This awesome brand has just taken a huge step further with their Spring 2020 sustainable jeans collection!

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Sustainable Wedding and Party Dresses from Reformation

Is anyone else sick of the winter yet? I mean, I’m happy for the rain, those cuddly rainy days in and the holiday season which once again zipped right past us as if it was only a dream. However, it’s a new year and I’m ready for the next round of warm weather! With the party and wedding season coming up, I’m sure many of us are taking time out of our “beach body” ambitions and planning for that new favorite dress to wear to whatever springtime soirees might be in our near futures (and it’s just fun to freshen up that formal wardrobe). I’m not exactly a fancy person but it is fun to dress up from time to time. I like to opt for the semi-formal getup when it’s time for a celebration, and of course it my new look is sustainable, I’m even more happy. So, as we all yearn for warmer days ahead, I wanted to share some new sustainable wedding and party dresses from Reformation.

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Zappos Introduces Sustainable Shopping with Goods for Good

Goods for Good - Sustainable Shopping at Zappos

Image: Zappos

One thing I notice when out doing my usual sustainable shopping online and perusing topics to share here on my blog is the lack of any kind of guide integrated within your usual shopping sites to find those brands. There are so many these days who have taken the initiative to clean up their act when it comes to their manufacturing processes, and most major retailers online do carry their goods. However, it still takes a bit of research to find them if you’re a shopper with a conscience, and I know as well as you do that many of us just don’t have that kind of time. Sustainable shopping can be extremely time consuming! This is why I’m stoked to see that one household name retailer has taken action. Last month, Zappos introduced their Goods for Good initiative for those seeking to shop brands that care for the environment or give back in some way, and I’m really hoping other brands follow suit real soon, as more and more shoppers have become more aware of sustainable shopping (hear that, Revolve and Shopbop?)!

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Stylish, Durable and Sustainable Footwear by Rothy’s

Stylish, Durable and Sustainable Footwear by Rothy's

Image: Rothy’s

I write a lot about sustainable apparel (as that is my main passion and focus), and sometimes it’s easy to gloss over another important wardrobe staple—footwear! While brands I’ve written about such as Baabuk and Oliberté come to mind, I don’t often come across many eco-friendly alternatives in that department, as the market seems to be focusing mostly on your common coverings. However, a good pair of shoes is possibly the most important. Our feet take us everywhere, and we all need comfort, support, and definitely durability as a solid pair can last us for years and save us dough. Cheap shoes make up a lot of the fast fashion market and thus, create a ton of waste as they aren’t always designed to fit properly and as I’m sure I don’t need to mention, don’t last very long. Shoes are one item that I never skimp on and realize it’s worth it to spend the dime for quality and to save money in the long run. While searching around for blog topics, I ran across some awesome sustainable footwear by Rothy’s, and I’m excited to share this brand with you!

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The New Nomads Hemp Wear Fall/Winter 2019 Collection is Here

I’m back! Again, I believe it’s important to take periodical breaks…this time though, it’s because I made my second annual pilgrimage to that thing in the desert, Burning Man. It’s always so tough and awesome in all the best ways, and I’m thankful to have made it back for a second time. I feel freshly inspired and ready to take on life again in a positive light. However, that could all take up a whole separate post (maybe one of these days I’ll do that, but I am not big on talking about me). One of the things festivals (even though Burning Man is not exactly one) and events like this do is separate me from the mainstream commercial world and make me appreciate the individual artists more when I totally thought I couldn’t. There’s no shortage of art at Burning Man as I’m sure most of you know, but there is no commerce (for a good reason). Still though, it focuses me even more on how tough it really is for those trying to express their talents and make a difference in the world. There’s no WiFi or cell service out there so it really is disconnecting (and I love it), so it’s always interesting to get back and catch up on what is going on in the “default” world. I was excited when I got back to see one of my all time, top favorite brands has released their new seasonal line! So without much more ado about myself and my personal exploits, I’m stoked to say the new Nomads Hemp Wear Fall/Winter 2019 Collection is here.

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