The vegan fashion revolution is truly here - and among those leading the way is Insecta Shoes, a Brazilian footwear brand that has been making waves in the vegan community since its launch in 2014 thanks to its colourful prints and vibrant designs.
This year, the brand is going international to keep 'pollinating the world with colour and conscience', as they put it.
In April, the company is launching a distribution centre in North America to be able to share its cruelty-free, ethical fashion with the world. The brand will also offer a wider array of colours and patterns.
'Beautiful - and eco-friendly'
"We want to debunk the idea that an eco-friendly product cannot be beautiful", says Insecta founder and CEO Barbara Mattivy. "Our products have a visual, social and environmental impact."
The brand is PETA-approved vegan and has never used animal-derived materials in its production. The range is agender - anyone can wear an Insecta shoe - and the company is also proudly feminist, as it was founded by two women and mainly employs women.
Furthermore, the brand takes pride in being completely transparent with its production processes and use of Fair Trade factories in Brazil. And if that wasn't enough to boost its ethical credentials, all the packaging used by the brand is biodegradable and made from recycled materials.
Recycled car seats and more
Insecta's handcrafted range is made in the South of Brazil, using recycled rubber and recycled plastic bottles as well as repurposed used plastic and fabric scraps alongside more unconventional materials like car seats and umbrellas to create closed-loop fashion that will challenge conventional ideas of ethical footwear.
Insecta's bright and contemporary range will appeal to customers for their sustainable credentials, but unconventional fashion lovers will fall for the brand thanks to its playful and creative offering in terms of style: each Insecta design is an eye-catching statement piece, proving once again that vegan and ethical fashion can be just as aesthetically interesting as conventional fashion - if not more so.