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7 Asian vegan fashion brands you should follow on Instagram

If there’s one major global trend to look out for, it is this one: vegan fashion.

Trend enthusiasts are now looking to invest in ethical and sustainable alternatives to the fast fashion and the leather industries. The latter suffers from several challenges like unfair labour wages and practices, animal cruelty, massive industrial waste, and contribute to a worryingly high carbon footprint. The vegan movement aims to disrupt the market and give us eco-friendly, cruelty-free style staples without compromising on quality.

We’ve curated a list of the vegan fashion brands in Asia that tick all the right boxes, and are worth following on Instagram right now.

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Top vegan fashion brands in Asia to follow on Instagram

A.C.F Clothing

This fashion label based in Hong Kong offers sustainable and minimalist clothing that is 100 percent vegan. All of their garments are made from deadstock fabric which they acquire from manufacturers and then upcycle. This helps them save tons of water, fabric waste, and carbon emissions in the process. If you’re looking for clothes that are gender-neutral, minimalistic, and perfect for streetwear, you should check these out.


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Zhai Eco

This is Singapore’s first eco-friendly vegan company that manufactures apparel made from natural fibres like bamboo, linen, and eucalyptus, along with natural vegetable dyes. Not only do they feature completely original clothing designs (something they pride themselves on), but they also sell products that help maintain a zero-waste lifestyle, such as coffee cups made of bamboo, organic cotton bags, steel straws, and more.


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Moon Rabbit

Could we ever have enough handbags? The answer is probably “no”. Moon Rabbit is a cool and relatively new Indian brand that produces handcrafted bags. They have a wide range for you to choose from — totes, backpacks, slings, and wallets, as well as accessories such as laptop sleeves, luggage tags, eyewear cases, and stationery pouches. If you want to add monograms to your purchases, customise items, or order in bulk, head over to the “bespoke” section on their website.


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The Lovely Things

This Hong Kong eco-friendly brand uses sustainable and renewable materials such as Piñatex (a leather alternative made from pineapple leaf fibre), Malai (a bio-composite material derived from coconut water) and cork, to make their bags. There’s a wide range of cruelty-free bags in vibrant hues on offer. Our favourites? Their bucket bags and backpacks, which are super stylish and help you do your bit for the environment. It’s a bonus that they are also a PETA-approved independent brand.


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Not Ours

Not Ours is a South Korean vegan fashion brand that aims to make high-quality cruelty-free products and crush people’s misconceptions that apparel made of faux or non-animal materials are substandard. They also have a responsible production plan that involves manufacturing products only on order, which reduces the need to stockpile styles and potential waste.


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Paio

This PETA-certified shoe brand believes in conscious fashion and makes intricate, all-handcrafted products. They use materials such as faux-leather, hemp, cotton, jute, and faux-silks to make a wide array of comfortable shoes like flats, heels, juttis (traditional Indian shoes with embroidery), boots, and sliders for all occasions. Whether you want to add some oomph to your OOTD or are looking for a pair of statement kicks for that party, Paio has got you covered.


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Story mfg

This clothing brand based in India makes eccentric designs using organic and natural fibres. They go the extra mile to make sure that each step in their process of manufacturing clothing, from bleaching to dyeing, has the least harmful effect on the environment. Since they believe in slow fashion, their designs are long-lasting and high quality. They are also transparent about their processes and materials used, so if you want to know what exactly goes into making a unique piece, head over to their website to read all about it.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

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