How Elka Collective is Proving Vegan Leather is The Future
With it's buttery soft hand feel and super smooth finish, Elka Collective's vegan alternative is changing the way we approach leather.
With fashion’s shift towards a more sustainable mindset, brands have started investing in the research and production of new, eco-friendly fabrications that are kinder for the environment and the planet. A recent focus for many labels has been to work on an alternative offering to traditional animal-skin leathers, with international designers like Stella McCartney and Nanushka leading the way with synthetic and natural leathers that mimic the hand-feel of traditional leather. To turn animal skin into leather, a large amount of energy and harmful chemicals are used in the production process, necessitating the development and adoption of modern alternatives. While contemporary options are by no means a magic, completely harmless substitutes for traditional leathers, they do have a reduced environmental impact that makes them a worthwhile building block in fashion’s pursuit of a greener future. Industry-leading, globally minded fashion brands are paving the way to a change of consumer mindset, positioning vegan leather as an equally high-quality essential for any well-edited wardrobe.
Australian label Elka Collective, has been championing vegan leather since their inception, continually evolving their capsule offering. For Elka Collective, the focus of their vegan leather collection is to design styles that embody versatility, comfort, and quality. The brand has perfected the hand feel of their vegan leather– buttery soft with a super smooth finish, that emulates the touch of luxury achieved through masterful cuts and fine details. Oftentimes lined with lustrous satin, the fabric is designed to drape and layer with ease.
The sumptuously soft finish of Elka Collective’s vegan leather fabrication lends itself perfectly to softly structured silhouettes. Of note this season is the Bamford Trench, made from light-taupe vegan leather with a double-breasted silhouette that can be defined with the removable tie-belt. Finished with oversized marble-effect buttons, the label proves that vegan leather can be just as modern and fashionable as traditional animal-skin leathers.
With each season, the label confidently extends their use of vegan leather fabric with new technically advanced silhouettes, as seen in the panelled construction used to make the new Bri Pant. Shaped from matte black vegan leather, they sit at the upper waist and fall into straight, tapered legs, making them a classic wardrobe style that will never go out of fashion. It is with this timeless approach to design that Elka Collective can encourage their customers to dip their toes into the world of alternative leather styles.
As the industry continues to make strides in technological advancements and fabric development, Elka Collective remains committed to expanding their use of alternative leather fabrications, working to dismantle biases of lower quality associated with vegan leather. It is through contemporary, on-trend, well-crafted and timeless silhouettes that the label is proving that vegan leather is the way forward for the consciously minded fashion lover.
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