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Is Suede Vegan?

by Fabian Jackson

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From bags to jackets and shoes to household items, suede is a popular and versatile material, but is it vegan?

What is suede made from?

Suede is a type of leather that has a napped finish, meaning it’s raised and slightly fuzzy. It’s usually made from the underside of young animals. Because the material doesn’t have a tough side to it, it’s often used for more delicate items like gloves and detailed clothing, however, this also means it’s less durable.  

suede shoes in a row

Is suede vegan? 

No, suede is not vegan. It’s made from animal skin, usually lamb, calf, deer or goat making it not suitable for anyone on a plant-based diet. Personal opinions might differ when it comes to second-hand suede, but strictly speaking, it isn’t vegan.

Is faux suede vegan?

There is a faux suede called microsuede, which is a soft material that’s made from millions of fine polyester fibres, and that’s totally vegan, but not the most environmentally friendly as it’s plastic. 

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Fabian Jackson
by Fabian Jackson

Fabian is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants who loves writing almost as much as he loves coffee, old episodes of Escape to the Country (no judgement here), and cooking up a storm in his kitchen.

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