Sydney Brown Vegan Fashion – From Lab-Grown Hamburgers To Street Style. Sydney Brown is a vegan footwear designer that grew up in Detriot, a place with many slaughterhouses where she found the sound of slaughtered animals as “painfully horrific.” Brown has been a vegetarian for almost 30 years and made a New Year’s resolution in 2010 to give up leather entirely, not only in her diet but also in her fashion consumption practices.
The number of companies shifting towards vegan leather alternatives or lab-grown leather is growing fast and Sydney Brown label has become part of the global effort toward designing a cleaner future of fashion.
Sydney Brown Vegan Fashion – Japanese Design
Brown’s latest luxury, ethical footwear collection is inspired by the ten years the designer had spent in Japan which is reflected in the gorgeous designs and innovative materials.
All Sydney Brown’s shoes are free of animal products and made with eco-friendly materials such as cork and reclaimed wood for insoles, recycled rubber and coconut for the uppers; all manufactured in a fair labour factory in Portugal.
“We have a firm commitment to using as little plastic as possible. With every collection, we try to do a bit better,” said Sydney Brown.
Sydney Brown Vegan Fashion – From hamburger in a petri dish to fashion
The brand stocks a line of vegan shoes dyed with wine and it aims to take the sustainable fashion design to the next level. By working with a pioneering laboratory in New York – known as the startup that grew a hamburger in a petri dish – Brown hopes to develop a technology that allows for the exact shoe pattern to be lab-grown from ‘leather-making cells’ so there would be zero waste in the manufacturing process.
Sydney Brown Vegan Fashion – zero environmental impact
“We take an animal cell and grow it; in any patters, embed with any colours,” she explains.
Looking forward, the brand’s long-term goal is to create a line that is 100 per cent solvent and petroleum-free, with zero environmental impact, expanding into clothing and handbags for the next year’s S/S collection.