Wearing leather as a vegan, yay or nay?
The highlight of this week’s outfit truly is the leather jacket. Wait, what, did you just say leather? Yes, I did! The jacket I’m wearing in these pictures is real lamb leather and I got it from a vintage store in Naples, Italy. So yes, it’s second hand, but still, a dead animal’s skin. How could I ever square this with my conscience?
Although I am not posting a lot about vegan diet, some of you might have guessed that I don’t eat meat or a lot of dairy and eggs. So why leather then?
In my opinion, it is different, whether you buy it new or second-hand. The money does not go to the people who produce leather, but to vintage and second-hand stores. I would never support the leather industry, in contrast to that, I think it’s a good thing to support thrift shops.
Furthermore, I think it is important to have an awareness of what you are wearing and where it comes from. I think it’s still better to buy a thrifted leather jacket than a new cotton one. If you say you don’t want to coat yourself with an animal corpse, I can totally understand that and if you say you love the purse your grandmother inherited to you, I can totally understand that too. I believe that the most important thing is, that no more new leather is produced, and therefore, no more animals have to suffer.
And what do you think?
PS: I’m not calling myself a vegan.
knit pullover – local flea market, vienna
vintage leather jacket – via mezzocanonne, naples
scarf – local flea market, vienna
ring – found on the floor of a club, vienna
jeans – h&m
thanks for reading,
thanks to bonjourvienne for taking the pictures!