With many brands ditching fur and exotic skins over the last few years, including fashion giants Louis Vuitton and Prada, a more animal-friendly approach to fashion is on the rise.

The Handbook's Gemma Louise Deeks wearing a khaki vegan leather jacket

Stella McCartney has been cruelty-free since the beginning, and newcomer Nanushka is a front-runner with its vegan leather pieces. Expensive looking without the damaging price tag, non-leather alternatives are looking more luxurious than ever, with brands boasting soft, supple pieces that pass as genuine. Leather (look) pieces have become an autumn/winter wardrobe mainstay and add a contemporary edge to any outfit. If you are not sure where to start, leather trousers are the most versatile and can be worn day or night. Pair with an oversized knit and chunky boots or dress up with heels and a bodysuit for the evening. Fancy being bold? Shackets are this season’s hottest outwear trend, so double your style points and buy yours in faux. Our favourite? A leather trench. An instant upgrade on the classic and perfect for city living. It’s time to stock up.

Expensive looking without the damaging price tag, non-leather alternatives are looking more luxurious than ever.


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