By Lora O’Brien
It can be tough for vegans to shop for accessories; after all, everything from shoes to belts, and yes, watches, are mainly made from leather. But it needn’t be the case today – especially in the case of timepieces! Sure, there are loads of styles with metal bands, but frankly, they can be a bit irritating on the skin. Luckily, there are plenty of leather substitutes, like wood, cork and Piñatex, which not only look and feel amazing, but are kind to the planet, too. Here are some of the best luxury vegan watches for women I’ve found.
Olivia Burton kicked off in 2012 when two ex-fashion buyer BFFs struggled to find a luxury vegan watch brand they wanted to wear. Finding none, they co-founded Olivia Burton, a brand that is overflowing with personality, chic understatement, femininity and best of all, a timeless classic that you’ll wear for years to come.
Perfect for: anyone who loves a unique accessory.
Votch strives to create unisex timepieces that not only inflict no harm to animals and have little impact on the environment, but also to make a positive social impact. Every three months, they partner with a different charity, such as an animal shelter or anti-poaching NGO, and donate 10% of their profits as a thanks to them for helping animals and encouraging a kinder way of living. Chic and compassionate!
Perfect for: charitable folks who love a minimalistic look.
LIAN & MEZ makes an ethical statement against the mainstream fashion industry, which seems unconcerned about animal violence or spewing out pollution and harmful toxins. The watch brand uses a super eco-friendly material to create its chic bands: Piñatex. In case you’re unaware, this is made from pineapple leaf fibers which are a byproduct of the fruit harvest; no extra land, water, fertilizers or pesticides are required to produce this perfect leather substitute.
Perfect for: those who like to be up on the latest vegan trends.
Cleverly named watch brand Time IV Change (TIVC) was born in 2016 in a small garage with a Kickstarter campaign set up to bring a vision to life. Just 7 days into the campaign, Time IV Change had enough funds to launch their range of watches. Fast forward to 2017, and now they’ve handcrafted a clean-lined collection dedicated to cruelty-free fashion.
Perfect for: the girl who loves classical fashion.
Neff is a brand that was launched way back in 2002 by Shaun and Joe Neff in Southern California. Capturing the essence of sporty style, Neff has dozens of colour and style options that allow these watches to appeal to just about anyone. The brand has grown in popularity fast, thanks in part to its collaborations with many famous faces, such as NBA superstar Kevin Durant, Snoop Dogg, Mac Miller, and Scarlett Johansson to name a few.
Perfect for: the active girl who likes to stand out a the crowd.
Eone may look sleek and luxurious, but behind their alluring aesthetics there’s a whole heap of compassion. Founder Hyungsoo Kim created Eone to solve a very real problem – visual impairment. Having friends and family who are blind, Hyungsoo was only too aware of the shortfall of watches available to the blind, so he began to collaborate with designers and individuals with vision impairments to create a watch that everyone could use – whether they were sighted or blind. After Eone’s initial crowdfunding campaign, Hyungsoo was surprised when their initial goal was surpassed fifteen times over – which was a testament to the fact that there was a market of shoppers calling for a watch to suit their needs.
Perfect for: the girl who is looking to make an investment in a classic timepiece, and of course, anyone with vision problems
This highly eco-friendly brand was born with the vision to take sustainable watches to the world to prove that vegans can be stylish, too! WeWood’s sophistication and understated elegance ensures their customers not only have excellent timepieces, but are also doing their bit for the planet: a tree is planted for every purchase, and in just their first three months, the company planted 5,000 trees with American Forests, and plans to keep on smashing those targets year after year.
Perfect for: true eco-warrior princesses!
VOID is a Swedish design company that remains true to their clean, minimalistic design heritage. VOID is all about simple geometric shapes, basic colours and simple materials. Unfortunately, not all of their styles are vegan friendly, but they do offer a specific range that is free of silk, animal skin, fur and hair – much like the Classic Black Analogue Watch, below.
Perfect for: the sportier gal who loves to accessorize.
Sprout Watches is dedicated to providing the world with eco-forward timepieces constructed from the highest quality materials. With their gems and other embellishments, Sprout watches may resemble wasteful luxury brands, but rest assured each piece is constructed from sustainable elements, such as biodegradable corn resin, bamboo, cork, and organic cotton. And as for the abovementioned bling, it’s mainly lead free Swarovski crystals.
Perfect for the luxury lover who enjoys a bit of glamour.
ZIIIRO begun when Robert, based in Germany, shared his watch designs halfway across the globe with his pal in Hong Kong, Derick. In 2010, the duo launched ZIRRO with the mission of creating fun watches with a bold, futuristic vibe. Each piece is designed to survive the test of time, whilst also being unique in appearance and style.
Comprised of stainless steel and silicone, this watch displays two swirls that move inside the dial: the inner swirl represents the current hour, whilst the outer swirl displays the minutes, so there’s a continuous gradient movement going on with this watch.
Perfect for: lovers of science fiction and minimalist design.
The Rosemarie Collections are focused on creating vegan timepieces modelled after a modern lifestyle. This brand values simplicity of design, as well as value for money, and understands that for many women today, the true value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Our favourite? The super eco-friendly cork-band watches!
Perfect for the practical girl on a budget.
Main image: Votch