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Style Destino is my personal style space bout cruelty-free and vegetarian style. Fashion is not above someone's life and it is irresponsible when someone makes a fashion choice that involves taking a poor animal's life. I believe in style that has a conscience. We are in 21st century where technology has advanced immensely, there are myriad options available and any person with a desire can make things happen. So it is sheer selfishness and irresponsible behaviour when people make unethical fashion choices. Through StyleDestino I share everything cruelty-free and ethical in my style. I do not use any handbags, shoes or accessories made from leather (animal skin), the make-up I use is also vegetarian and cruelty free. Luxury and compassion can coexist stylishly and Style Destino is an attempt to prove just that. Vegan fashion is not about dowdy clothes, cheap bags, or tawdry shoes. I can just easily be vegan and trot in my Olsen heels, sporting a Stella McCartney luxurious vegan handbag while showing off my red lips painted with OCC lip tar!! I travel the world around and never find dearth of stylish, high quality vegetarian fashion.

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Ferragamo For Vegans

Ferragamo for vegans - vegan luxury, vegan luxury belt, vegan fashion

I'm never a proponent of "leather goods". And I can smugly say that I'm far away from days when the word "Gucci", "Prada" or "Ferragamo" {no, not LV, I've never been the fan of this brand considering every hoity-toity woman walking the planet from 16-60 strutted in one of their ubiquitous monogrammed bags that made me nearly nauseated} would get my heart racing, and I would go to the moon and back to find that one purse that's not-leather and Gucci.That is not to say I still don't search them, but the reasons are quite different. 

As we increasingly become glued to our iPhones checking the latest instagram feed featuring "it women" with their "it bags" and then flipping on the latest Vogue's publication on Zinio with eye-catching editorials and ads, the fleeting desire to own that new $5000 "it bag" or a blatant logo belt suddenly takes over our sensibility.

But there is a darker side of extravagance and desire for luxury (don't gloat guys, we're not just talking about women here).

Desiring luxury without compromising on the "values" can be a tricky task. And more often than not, I've seen the best of people resorting to compromise on their "values" when it comes to, let's say their wardrobes {while I believe it is more to do with the need to show-off their ability to own a certain brand or in certain cases peer-pressure}.

Which is a terrible thing, you know, because fashion is not supposed to be a rat race, but a means to express yourself and luxury is not meant for anyone but yourself. If I have to stand in a queue for buying a luxury bag, or rummage a 5 feet bag with discounted designer stuff, it's not worth the money, because this very activity defeats the purpose of luxury {atleast for me}. And when it comes to compromising on my "values" for a certain bag or a belt, or any brand for that matter, the essence of luxury is lost.

So when my own dear brother and I had a heated argument where he wanted a Ferragamo or Hermes logo belt {funny because his name does not even start with H}, and I, of course, didn't want him to buy leather we settled on the note I will ensure we both get our ways. So there, I set myself on the task where I can get him his "Ferragamo" but make sure no animal was killed for it. While it took me nearly a dozen phone calls ringing in three continents, I did get the job done.

After looking for the "Vegan Ferragamo" belt in stores in US, Europe and Asia, I finally found the solution with these limited edition "Ferragamo" buckles at their Dubai Mall store. Bravo! Now all I had to do was find a good quality vegan leather belt and swap the buckles, which was an easy task. This reminds me of the common adage

"where there is a will, there is a way"

This is for all my fashion and designer brand loving readers. In the 21st century where the likes of Tom Ford is making custom make vegan boots for their celebrity client {cuff, cuff - ex-vegan Anne Hathaway}, and Givenchy is coming out with the rubber-version of their cult leather Antigona bag, it's really pitiable if you are succumbing to the leather "designer tags". If you want a taste of real luxury, save up a few more bucks and get yourself a custom vegan-version done of the new item on your lust list. And if that's too aspiring, just find the vegan way to get what you want.

Can't find something? Shoot me an email ( and I'll help you with the best resources I have. But please, in the name of lord and your conscience, don't give up on your vegetarian/vegan principles and resort to killing an animal for fashion.

Ferragamo for vegans - vegan luxury, vegan luxury belt, vegan fashion

Ferragamo for vegans - vegan luxury, vegan luxury belt, vegan fashion

Ferragamo for vegans - vegan luxury, vegan luxury belt, vegan fashion

Ferragamo for vegans - vegan luxury, vegan luxury belt, vegan fashion

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  1. SJ- Excellent article.You aptly defined the purpose of Luxury..i value your definition.

    1. Thanks :). We need more people to understand this!

  2. How is it possible to fall in love with a whole blog by reading only one post? I love that you think before buying something which may seem beautiful at first, but in fact it doesn't respect animals. I'm trying to buy clothes from brands that give their workers respectful rights over their working time (8 hours a day, rest on holidays with payment included etc.)... And I can tell you it is hard! Once I spent 4 hours in a mall to buy 4 shirts.
    I'm from Brazil and I don't know any vegetarian/vegan brands that may sell their products here. I wish I could start wearing vegan fashion just like you.
    Best wishes on your blog!!

    - Maíra Azevedo

    1. Hello Maria! Thanks so much for your motivating comment. Yes I know while finding ethical, fair trade and vegan brands are hard, there definitely is huge growth in the market and the awareness is increasing. Would love to know of vegan/sustainable options in Brazil. Drop me an email if you would like to have a chat:

  3. I love Ferragamo... and this one looks awesome :-) thanks for sharing...
    Cheers, Archana -


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