Vegan Handbags and Footwear from Matt & Nat

Vegan Handbags and Footwear from Matt & Nat

I honestly kneel down to anyone who has perfected the vegan lifestyle…I am not sure I’d be able to do it. It’s tough enough to just avoid cheese, bread and meat (which I do as often as I can as an almost-vegetarian and slightly lactose/wheat intolerant) wherever I go. Applying this lifestyle to other consumables and products across the home and wardrobe, I have a ton of respect for. It’s kind of an awkward topic; it’s not like I’m trying to be vegan, but I do like to support vegan products as often as I can. I do like a supple leather handbag or shoes, usually because they tend to last longer. Over the years though, some brands like BLANKNYC, MeDusa and Matt & Nat have relaxed that belief of mine with their super high quality, attractive vegan leather products. I own a few products from each, and they all have held up just as well as my real leather pieces (and of course, leaves me feeling just a bit more animal friendly). Fauxgerty and Angela Roi are two others on my radar that I hope to try out soon! I absolutely love watching this market expand.

Matt & Nat is a vegan handbag and footwear brand that I’ve been eyeing for a long time now. Born in 1995 in Montreal, their name stands for MAT(T)ERIAL and NATURE. The brand stands for the motto “Live Beautifully,” which means “appreciating the humanity, creativity and positivity found in all of us.” Matt & Nat is always looking for new ways to use sustainable materials in all of their products, using recycled materials such as nylons, cardboard, rubber and cork. They have used linings made out of 100% recycled bottles since 2007 and just recently introduced the use of recycled bicycle tires! One thing a lot of people complain about when it comes to leatherlike mediums is the the fact that manufacturing such materials can also be environmentally harmful. Matt & Nat uses PU over PVC, which is far more Earth friendly. Establishing personal relationships with each of their factories is also very important to the brand in order to ensure quality work conditions for all.

I own a wallet and a clutch from them, and I love the versatility of them both! I’ve watched this company grow up over the years into a sleek, refined, vintage-inspired brand and these new pieces from their Fall/Winter 2016 collection are simply beautiful! Here are several photos from the new lookbook…feast your eyes…

“At Matt & Nat, we live by a simple motto, “Live beautifully”. Living beautifully means appreciating the humanity, creativity and positivity found in all of us.”

“Our values include social responsibility, excellence, inclusiveness, integrity, learning, authenticity and, of course, love. We are inspired by the textures and hues of nature and, to better protect it, we aim to constantly better our ways.”

“We’re passionate and in awe of the world that surrounds us. Being inspired by MAT(T)erial and NATure means exploring the synergy between the two, the reflection of one on the other.”

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