05 Nov

12 Sustainable, Cruelty-Free, and Vegan Leather Jackets You’ll Love

Love the look of leather jackets but prefer to sport cruelty-free or vegan clothes? Here’s our list of ethical and sustainable leather jackets from high-rated brands.

Leather jackets have been a timeless wardrobe staple since the 1950s. Synonymous with “cool” and “edgy”, they are conventionally made with animal skins. However, there’s nothing cool about the harsh realities of leather production, and a lot of fashion-lovers would rather edge away from the distinct impacts on people, the planet, and, of course, our animal friends.

What’s wrong with animal leather jackets?

Due to complex supply chains, most of the world’s leather is untraceable, which means ensuring the welfare of the sentient beings whose skins we wear isn’t easy. What we do know is that leather production requires excess use of precious water and dangerous chemicals, harming both the environment and the workers involved. And from an ethical standpoint—whether you steer clear of all animal products or simply prefer to wear cruelty-free fashion—there are certainly better options out there.

So is vegan leather better?

It seems like every other day a new vegan leather alternative crops up. While traditional “vegan leather” is often made from environmentally-damaging materials like plastic-based PVC or the slightly better option of PU, more sustainable and innovative options like Piñatex, recycled rubber, and cactus leather are available. Having said that, it is worth noting that animal leather production can outweigh even PVC on the planet damage front, and tanned leather—which makes up about 90% worldwide—is so coated in chemicals before being sold that it cannot effectively biodegrade. Yes, even vegetable tanned leather. Some innovative plant-based leathers may still contain polyester for strength and durability, but are still often a more sustainable (and ethical) option than new leather garments.

While no option is perfect, it is up to you to decide which fabrics best align with your values and go from there. Like most choices in life, there are pros and cons. And remember, opting for second hand—whether animal leather or otherwise—is almost always the most sustainable way to go. We have included plant-based and synthetic vegan, recycled animal leather, and second hand options below to suit your needs.

If you want to get your hands on a leather jacket, there are a selection of brands devoted to making fashion a kinder industry, and we have rounded up the best of the best. From the cactus leather jackets by Deadwood (Sweden) to the recycled rubber jackets from Malaika New York (US), “cool and edgy” done ethically is just around the corner

Vegan leather jackets

Culthread

Rated: Great
woman wearing a black pleather jacket by culthread

Lonsdale Recycled Vegan Leather Biker Jacket – Ships internationally from the UK

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Culthread is a UK-based clothing label that offers stylish, practical, and everlasting jackets and accessories from vegan and deadstock materials, like this classic vegan biker jacket. Culthread’s goal is to make quality coats and lifestyle products that you will want to wear and treasure forever. Find most items in sizes XS to XL.

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Noumenon

Rated: Good
woman wearing a black vegan leather coat by Noumenon

Audrey Coat – Ships internationally from the Netherlands

This 100% vegan, PETA-approved fashion brand from Amsterdam started three years ago with the idea to combine “ethics with aesthetics”, and they have certainly succeeded with this vintage-style vegan leather jacket. Noumenon’s pieces are sophisticated and timeless, with elegant cuts, and all made from eco-friendly materials like Tencel (recycled wood pulp). The range is available in XS-XL.

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Will’s Vegan Store

Rated: Good
brown vegan leather jacket by will's vegan store

Racer Jacket – Ships internationally from the UK

Will’s Vegan Store produces animal and human friendly women’s and men’s footwear, clothing, and accessories at affordable prices. If you prefer a brown sustainable leather jacket, this racer style is sleek and would pair well with anything from flowy dresses to skinny jeans. Find the clothes in sizes XS-XL.

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Angels Ambition

Rated: Good
woman and close up of vegan leather jacket by Angels Ambitions

Xenia – Ships within Europe from Germany

German brand Angels Ambition was founded in 2016 by Karin Schönbuchner and is based on the idea of ​​combining multifunctionality with current fashion trends while still producing timeless, high-quality clothing. How cool is this Piñatex vegan leather jacket? The range is available in sizes 34-46.

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Deadwood

Rated: Good
man wearing a green cactus leather jacket by deadwood

Men’s River Cactus Green – Ships internationally from Sweden

Celebrating ageless rebellion and free-spiritedness, Stockholm-based Deadwood creates recycled leather clothes, aiming to reinvent how we think about fashion. It recycles cut-offs created during the manufacturing process and traces suppliers in all of its supply chain. It also has a range of clever cactus leather options, like this men’s green cactus leather jacket that we can’t get enough of. Find the garments in sizes XS-XL.

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Malaika New York

Rated: Good
woman wearing a black vegan leather by malaika new york

Bike Tube Faux Leather Jacket – Ships internationally from the US

Malaika New York is a minimalistic sustainable clothing brand with a focus on zero waste clothing and accessories. The US-based brand aims to eliminate fashion’s harmful environmental effects by utilizing minimal or zero waste patterns, while maximizing wearability by producing luxe-quality, contemporary garments that make a statement now and into the future. This unique recycled rubber jacket is made from locally sourced bike tubes. Vegans take note: beeswax cotton is included in this garment. Find most garments in S-XL with some items going up to 2XL.

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Recycled leather jackets

Better World Fashion

Rated: Good
close up of a black leather jacket by Better World Fashion

EIK #0051 – Ships internationally from Denmark

Better World Fashion makes leather jackets made of reused leather. It aims to be zero waste, use zero chemicals, and waste zero water. BWF’s jackets are made from 98% recycled materials, such as recycled leather, discarded plastic bottles, and even recycled metal for the zippers. The EIK takes the look of a denim jacket and does it in recycled leather, and we’re digging it. BWF also has an option for you to rent jackets for a monthly fee if you only want it for a special occasion or just to try it out (they even offer free world-wide shipping). Find unique designs in XS-3XL.

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Vintage and second hand leather jackets

One Vintage

Rated: Good
woman wearing a second hand leather jacket by one vintage

Harley Original 60s Biker Jacket – Ships internationally from the UK

One Vintage transforms antique textiles and relics to create contemporary and modern new pieces, preserving the rich beading and embroidery once hand crafted. It also has a range of pure vintage pieces, like this rare Harley Davidson leather biker jacket from the 60s. Sizes vary.

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Sami Miro Vintage

Rated: Good
red leather coat by Sam Miro Vintage

Burnt Red Leather Trench Coat – Ships internationally from the US

”Pushing eco-conscious boundaries” is the Sami Miro Vintage brand ethos. Made from vintage and recycled fabrics, Sami Miro Vintage is loved by celebrities and eco-conscious fashion lovers alike. With collection names like ”Ecoterror” and ”Global Warming Is Not a Hoax”, the cool reconstructions are offset with a deeper meaning. Make a sustainable statement in this vintage red leather trench coat. Sizes vary.

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Stella McCartney (Pre-Owned)

Rated: Good
Pre-loved black vegan leather jackets by Stella McCartney via Vestiaire Collective.

Second Hand Vegan Leather Jackets – Ships internationally

A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. Stella uses some eco-friendly materials, including recycled polyester like in its faux leather jackets, and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. It has also adopted the ETI Code of Conduct that includes a living wage definition!

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Reformation (Pre-Owned)

Rated: Good
two women wearing second hand leather jackets by Reformation

Second Hand Leather Jackets – Ships internationally

LA-based Reformation creates killer clothes that don’t kill the environment. The brand also ensures that a large proportion of its suppliers pay a living wage. Go Reformation! Check in on Vestiaire Collective for second hand Reformation leather jackets. Sizes vary.

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Shop Reformation Pre-Owned @ Vestiaire Collective.

COS (Pre-Owned)

Rated: It's A Start
two women wearing second hand leather jackets by COS

Second Hand Leather Jackets – Ships internationally

COS is a Swedish brand that creates timeless and innovative wardrobe-essentials. It uses some eco-friendly materials and received a score of 71-80% in the Fashion Transparency Index. Discover Vestiaire Collective’s range of pre-loved COS leather jackets. Sizes vary.

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Editor's note

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