By Daniela Degrassi
Recently, a bride asked for help on The Kind Bride Facebook Community Group Page; she was looking for a vegan suit for her spouse to be. While I was helping in the search, I realized that, finding a vegan suit can be quite an overwhelming task for those who are not familiar with textiles. Even if you visit a brick and mortar store, it’s not that common to find a shop clerk that knows if a suit is vegan friendly or not. How to discern from all the textile blends listed on online product pages and avoid animal sub-products such wool or silk? Worry not, once you know what to look for… it’ll be easier then you think!
The first, easy option is to recur to certified vegan brands. Brave Gentle Man for example, is a one-stop vegan online boutique where a plant based groom can pre-order a tailored, made in USA, 100% Italian-milled bamboo suit alongside matching accessories such shoes and belt. Mind you though, their price tag is quite high end. On the other hand, it’s always good to support 100% vegan labels (Brave Gentle Man has the plus of being eco friendly too) and a good quality suit will last you a long time if you preserve it in good conditions. If you’re in New York, you can always pay their brick and mortar store a visit, in Brooklyn and decide if it’s worth the investment.
If you’re on a budget, you will have to go through a bit of research but the following guidelines will help you out!
Many online conventional labels carry polyester based suits, and the easiest way to recognize vegan-friendly attire (besides being less expensive then wool-silk based suits), is to look at the product description providing the exact textile content. Let’s see a few examples.
Express is a good source of vegan-friendly suits that also come along with a friendly-price tag. Even if you’re close to one of their stores, you may want to check out the suit contents on their website first to familiarize what to look for on their fabric tag.
Looking at their Extra Slim Charcoal Cotton Oxford Suit Jacket product page, you will find the product description below the ‘add to bag’ button (see the red high-lighted area in the next image). This area lists the textiles the suit is made of. We’ll give this jacket the green light since it’s made of 100% cotton.
In case a product is made of different blends, the description will have a list of the various textiles used. The Express Blue Cotton Suit Vest below is made of cotton, polyester, spandex shell and a acetate lining. With no wool and silk content.. hence this vest is well suited for the vegan groom!
Now that you know how to navigate the Express online store, you can browse their suits & blazers gallery to find your preferred style, just remember to watch out for wool and silk!
Topman textiles info can be found just below their product photograph. In their classic charcoal tailored blazer Product Info contain the specific percentages for each fabric content: 64% polyester, 34% viscose, 2% elastane. Another cool vegan groom look, check!
More colors and plaid suits option all in vegan friendly textiles in Topman online gallery.
On multi-brand online platform NEXT textile product information is found under their “add to bag” button. They are also very specific on their blend percentages: Both the featured Two Button Suit Jackets and Tuxedo Suit contain 65% polyester, 35% viscose and 100% polyester lining.
By now you are surely getting an idea where to find the suit textile information. Not that difficult, right? Just like the previous brands, Burton’s Slim Fit Suit Jacket fabric info are found below the photograph under Product Information. Yes, another vegan outfit for your groom!
As you see, Product Information, Product Details or Descriptions are the menus to look out for to determine whether a suit is vegan or not. It may happen, but luckily not that often, to land in online stores that don’t show the exact fabric specifications, leaving you doubtful whether an outfit is right for you. In those cases, I would either write to the brand asking additional information or simply pass and look for more vegan shopping friendly websites.
If you have more concerns or questions, feel free to reach out in the comment area! You are always welcome to join The Kind Bride Facebook Group Page to reach out and connect with our Community!
A feminist and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California where she lived for 15 years before moving back to her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.