There’s something obscene about spending $700 for a handbag, no matter how vegan it is.
The New York Times has a big article today on the trendiness of vegan fashion.
National chains like Whole Foods; boutiques like MooShoes, a New York outlet for imitation-leather wallets, belts and bags; online stores like Pangea; and eco-minded labels like Moral Fiber, Real Fake, Novacas (no cows) and Matt & Nat are encouraging shoppers, even those merely flirting with a “cruelty free” diet, to embrace its precepts not just in the kitchen but in their wardrobes. To their minds, vegan chic, once an oxymoron, is a glossy new marketing handle. Clothes and accessories once shunned for their aura of hair-shirt deprivation have acquired a hint of luxury.
I’m not quite sure what to think. I’m glad that it’s getting easier to find vegan stuff; I’ll definitely check out some of the stores mentioned.
Of course, the problem with tying veganism to fashion trends is that fashion is fickle, and from the sound of this article, most of these people would just as easily be buying leather if it were the trendy thing. And isn’t it a little sad when something that’s supposed to be about respecting life turns into just another excuse for excessive consumerism?