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Latine-owned brands are at the forefront of the vegan leather industry, and many of them use innovative technologies to create animal- and eco-friendly materials and goods. You can find everything from clothing and accessories to car interiors made without the use of animal meat. Hundreds of millions of cows are killed every year in the leather industry and live nowhere near naturally. By choosing vegan leather products you are making a significant positive impact on animal life and the planet.
PETA Latino has selected some Latin American brands that are leaders in vegan leather materials and products:
Latine owned brands that produce vegan leather
Desserto is a PETA-Approved Vegan leather made from prickly pear cactus, a plant that grows throughout Mexico. ADRIANO DI MARTI is the company behind the sustainable leather and his work has even earned him PETA’s Compassionate Business Award. Desserto is used by many brands including luxury handbag brand Fossil and Major Fashion retailer H&M.
Father-son team Alex and Gabriel Moreno created Fiquetex, a PETA-Approved Vegan material made from fibers of the fique plant, which grows abundantly in Colombia. The company uses the fibers to make a non-woven fabric and durable vegan leather.
dr Carmen Hijosa founded Ananas Anam, the company that made the pineapple-based leather called Piñatex. The unique textile is made from the fiber of pineapple leaves, which are a by-product of the agricultural industry, making the material sustainable and supporting local farmers. Piñatex is used by many brands for shoes, wallets and even upholstery.
Latine owned brands selling vegan leather products
Buenos Aires-based footwear brand Boobamara offers fair trade, handmade, leather-free shoes that are PETA-Approved Vegan.
Argentinian brand Vrote offers stylish vegan leather bags, shoes, wallets and belts.
NUMERO 52 started out as a brand using cowhide for their leather products, but turned to plant fiber leather after realizing how terrible the leather industry is for animals and the environment. Now his clothes, shoes and accessories are made from vegan materials like Desserto, Piñatex and ECONYL’s nylon made from fishing nets.
Looking for new vegan shoes? Argentinian shop Jo Casal has something for every look, all handmade without harming cows, snakes, alligators or other animals.
Chilean shoe store La Sebastiana has an “eco-vegan” collection made from apple leather.
For animal-friendly shoes, bags and other accessories, you’ve come to the right place at Animalista.
Elsevaladorian footwear brand Hesed makes vegan leather shoes inspired by goth, grunge and punk styles, including creepers, combat boots and platform heels.
M. Valentina in Cancún is a boutique shoe store that sells vegan leather pumps, sneakers, boots, flats and more.
Corazón Vegano’s comfortable, adjustable loafers come in a variety of designs and fabrics, all made without animal-based materials.
Haydé Santillán founded LAHAY while studying fashion in Spain, where she realized she wanted to apply craftsmanship from her native Mexico to her styles. LAHAY’s boots are handcrafted from piñatex by Mexican artisans.
In 2013, Lorena and Eduardo Vázquez founded Loly in the Sky, a León-based footwear brand focused on creating comfortable, stylish shoes using vegan materials from Mexico.
The Mexican brand Pulaski makes shoes with the intention of limiting the impact on the environment as much as possible. For this reason, vegan materials are used and a tree is planted with every purchase.
Carmona Collection is a women-founded brand that makes shoes from Desserto cactus leather.
The vegan backpacks and accessories from Insecta are inspired by the insects of the Amazon and are completely animal-free. The Peruvian brand uses Piñatex and a natural latex material from Shiringa trees.
This Uruguayan shoe brand has a collection of Vegan shoesincluding sandals, boots and mules made from various vegan materials including Piñatex, Desserto and a material made from recycled tires.