Monthly Archives: February 2017

Cruelty-Free and Ethical Handbag Brands

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You can find high-quality, vegan and ethical alternatives of so many commonly used products, and handbags are certainly no exception. Choosing between chic and kind is a thing of the past, and if you just know where to look, you really can have it all!

Cruel factory farming is not exclusive to food products – in fact, according to PETA, most leather is often sourced from cows used for beef and milk. This means that many of the animals used for leather goods experience all of the horrors of factory farming conditions and then some.

Our human neighbors can often be subjected to harsh working conditions in handbag factories as well, including those of brands who charge premium prices for “luxury craftsmanship.” In 2012, luxury brand Burberry faced controversy over the working conditions of their factories’ workers in China. High-end brand Mulberry faced similar accusations of ill-treatment and low pay in their Turkish factories in 2015. In many cases, large companies require large batches from overseas factories, and cannot oversee the conditions in which these high quotas are met. However, this does not mean you should not shop from companies that source from countries outside of the US or Europe – on the contrary, goods manufacture is how many people from these countries make their livelihood. It’s therefore recommended to shop with companies with a commitment to ethics, who use small-scale factories.

Finding a vegan, socially-conscious handbag line that has chic and luxurious designs may seem like a tall order, but here are three vegan handbag companies who fit the bill:

Hipsters for Sisters

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On trend with the hottest hands-free fashion, these waist bags are anything but fanny packs. Vegan and made in LA, Hipsters for Sisters not only oversees production, but has lunch chats with their factory workers on the reg. LOVE GOODLY proudly stocks these small-but-mighty bags in our shop!

 

GUNAS New Yorkgunasny

According to their site, “What initially began as an all MADE IN NYC label, has now gone global to source and manufacture bags and shoes using artisan and small-scale ethical manufacturers from countries such as India, South Korea, Mexico, Brazil and Hong Kong.” Though they source from small-scale manufacturers, they have a huge product offering with a wide selection of styles! You can find LOVE GOODLY’S favorites for sale in our shop.

Angela Roi

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From totes to wallets to stylish mini satchels, Angela Roi’s vegan accessories are the epitome of classic grace. They are dedicated to animal welfare in every aspect of their production, and are official partners of the ASPCA, donating a flat amount to “help mistreated animals and to convey that fashion doesn’t depend on cruelty.” They are also dedicated to the artisans who bring their designs to life, visiting their factories in South Korea quarterly to inspect working conditions.

With handbags, you are quite literally wearing your heart on your sleeve, and these ethical brands help represent your values without cramping your style.

 

 

 

Peek Inside the February/March Box!

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A new year, a new box! We started off 2017 with our February/March box — perfect to cure those post-winter blues. This month’s box is supporting Beagle Freedom Project, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit run by Animal Rescue, Media and Education (ARME). The Beagle Freedom Project negotiates with laboratories across the world to secure the release of dogs and other animals and give them a chance at a normal home life.

Now, let’s take a peek inside…

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YUNI Organic Active Calm Moisturizer, value $29

Awaken your skin and restore its natural elasticity with this organic lightweight moisturizer. Contains natural anti-aging ingredients that smooth fine lines while delivering deep hydration. Made with organic Buriti Oil, Green Tea Extract, Turmeric, and Edelweiss. Non-toxic, vegan, and cruelty free. Full size 2 oz. jar. Mindful beauty for an active life, YUNI was created for yoga practitioners to prolong the benefits of the yoga experience.

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MARQUET Ton Fai Open Weave Scarf, value $21.99

Handmade in Thailand and certified Fair Trade, this breezy scarf has a subtle contrast design perfect year round. Ton Fai, an artisan collective in Thailand, is committed to weaving only 100% locally grown cotton fibers. Each step – from the spooling and dyeing of the yarns, to settling the weft and running the shuttle – is done by hand in the traditional Thai style passed down through generations. 100% cotton. Offered in eight colors. Care Instructions: Hand wash in cold water and air dry.

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ORGLAMIX Cream Luminizer, value $18

This best-selling cream highlighter in Illume adds a youthful glow with a transparent, dewy finish. Use on cheek bones, brow bones, and eyelids to create a luminous glow. It’s not shiny, greasy, or glittery. Skin looks instantly radiant. Use alone or over foundation, moisturizer, or serum for a lit-from-within glow. Works on ALL skin types. Full size 1.4 grams. Vegan, cruelty-free, non-toxic.

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ORGLAMIX Sunshine Oil, value $18

Enriched with a blend of 100% natural fragrance and essential oils, including grapeseed, avocado, grapefruit peel, sweet orange peel, mandarin, lemon and lime peel, for supreme hydration and brightness. Vegan. cruelty-free, non-toxic. To use: apply 2-4 dabs/rolls to moist or dry skin after cleansing. Extremely concentrated so use minimally. Excellent moisturizer or primer for flawless application under foundation. Suitable for all skin types. Poured custom for LOVE GOODLY in a full-size 10.6 ml rollerball.

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