About the brand
Our Conscious Initiative
LaBante London is a labour of love, born out of a combined love of animals, fashion and the wider planet. My adolescent experiences definitely stuck with me and shaped the brand’s philosophy of Fashion With Respect. LaBante London started out really small in 2009 but grew from strength to strength as we received so much positive feedback and love from vegans, vegetarians, animal lovers and sustainable minded fashionistas all over the world. As we continued to expand, we have had the pleasure of meeting fashion buyers who understood that change was coming and that the future was about ethics and sustainability both of which are of utmost importance in these trying times. As such we currently use only two kinds of Vegan leather in our Vegan Handbags and purses, both of which are in sync with the larger environment.
At LaBante London the state of our environment is of the utmost importance to us. Our small contribution in helping to reduce the amount of plastic which is ending up in our oceans and landfill sites is by using recycled polyester for the interiors of all our Designer Vegan handbags and purses. The polyester is made by breaking down single use plastic bottles (PET bottles) into pellets, these are then melted, cooled and spun into yarn. So instead of using new fabrics, which waste water we use this recycled fabric. The outers of our bags are made with over 50% vegetable oil (which is a renewable natural source) and the Polyurethane used is water based an solvent free, we don’t use PVC in our range of sustainable fashion bags and purses, as PVC is non bio-degradable, or degradable. Items made from PVC retain their form for decades and the breakdown that does occur is just granulation, whilst this would reduce manufacturing cost, and increase profits, this is not the Sustainable, or Ethical route to take. We also use recycled fabrics for our dust bags, and our paper swing tags are recycled as well as recyclable being sourced from 100% pulp. Our outer mailer bags are made from FSC certified sources. We try to create a circular use of items so instead of wastage we reuse our own waste and push the boundaries of sustainability.