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Please find below a selection of statistics about fashion and textiles, both in the UK and around the world.

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Designer, luxury, and high-end brands

  • In 2018, the British Fashion Council announced that London Fashion Week would be strictly fur-free for the first time. Source
  • Many luxury brands including Versace, Prada, Chanel, Burberry, Net-a-Porter, Michael Kors, Gucci, Jimmy Choo and Giorgio Armani have all gone fur-free. Sources: [1] , [2]
  • In March 2021, the first-ever clothing item made from mushroom leather was released by Stella McCartney. Source
  • In April 2021, fashion house Karl Lagerfeld announced it is launching its first vegan cactus leather bag. Source
  • In April 2021, Fossil announced they are launching a range of vegan bags made from cacti. Source
  • In 2020, Parisian label Chloé launched a handful of bags using apple-based leather. Source
  • Chanel banned fur in 2018 and has begun experimenting with vegan leathers from pineapple plant fibres. Source

Popular and high street brands

  • Popular fashion brands with the Vegan Trademark include Superdry, Gola, New Look, George at Asda, Kurt Geiger, Accessorize and Grenson Shoes.
  • As of July 2020, all of George at Asda’s ladies’ bags were registered as vegan under the Vegan Trademark standards. Source
  • Many of Accessorize’s best-selling bags and accessories are now registered as vegan under the Vegan Trademark. Source
  • In 2020, Tommy Hilfiger launched two sneakers made from recycled apple peel fibres. The fabric was developed by Frumat, which reinvents apple waste from the Italian food industry. In 2019, the label also teamed up with Lewis Hamilton for a vegan streetwear collection. Source
  • In March 2021, fashion giant H&M announced they are launching a collection using cactus leather. Source
  • In April 2021, Reebok announced the launch of their vegan running shoes. Source
  • In April 2021, Adidas announced they are launching a new range of their iconic Stan Smith sneakers made from vegan mushroom leather. Source
  • In 2019, Hugo Boss launched a line of men’s trainers using pineapple plant fibres. Source
  • Kurt Geiger’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection launched with 55 styles of vegan footwear for men and women, including vegan leather and vegan suede, all registered with the Vegan Trademark. Source

General fashion statistics

  • The global vegan fashion market was valued at USD $396.9 billion in 2019 (vegan footwear accounted for 41.3% of this) with revenue forecasted to reach $1095.6 billion in 2027. Source
  • The global vegan footwear market is expected to surpass $24.8 billion by the end of 2020. Between 2020 and 2030, the market is expected to grow with an annual growth rate of 7.2%, year on year. Source
  • Vogue reported that in 2019, the stock of vegan fashion products increased by 258% across the UK and US. Source
  • In 2020, a YouGov opinion poll revealed 93% of Brits reject wearing animal fur, and the majority (72%) support a complete ban on the sale of fur in the UK. The words that people most closely associate with a fashion brand selling fur are ‘unethical’, ‘outdated’, ‘cruel’ and ‘out of touch’. Source
  • In March 2021, an Oxford University graduate student created vegan leather from succulents. The material is meant to biodegrade in 100 days when buried, which is supposedly unmatched compared to competitors. Source
  • The first vegan fashion items registered with the Vegan Trademark were by Freerangers in 1999, who registered twelve footwear and accessory items between 1999 and 2002. In April 2021, the Vegan Trademark has over 4,400 fashion items certified, including accessories, bags, footwear, clothing and sportswear from all-vegan, high street and luxury brands.
  • The most common material that is registered with The Vegan Society’s Vegan Trademark is PU. The team has recently registered pineapple leather and rice husk shoe soles in 2020.
  • In 2019, New Look became the first high street retailer in the UK to register with the Vegan Trademark, with a collection of 431 products. This makes up 60% of their available footwear and bags, with plans to keep switching out their products over the years. Source
  • In 2021, Eurofins Chem-MAP registered with the Vegan Trademark – this is the first testing and auditing service specifically developed for testing apparel and footwear as vegan. Source 
  • Leading fashion and lifestyle magazine, Vogue, called mushroom leather a “hot commodity”, and often comment on the potential of vegan fashion and beauty. Source
  • In 2020, Mintel reported that 57% of British shoppers are trying to make more ethical fashion choices, rising to 68% for 16–24-year-olds. Source
  • Vegan Fashion Week launched in 2018 and has seen over 5,000 attendees so far. Source
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