Burberry, Balenciaga, and Copenhagen Fashion Week Among Winners of 2022 PETA Fashion Awards

London – As interest in ethically produced, innovative vegan designs continues to grow, PETA is announcing its 2022 Fashion Awards to celebrate all the industry trailblazers working to cater to animal-friendly fashion aficionados.

The award for Best Luxury Moment went to Burberry after the fashion house banned exotic skins, and Copenhagen Fashion Week’s fur-free announcement won Best Catwalk Moment. For its fully vegan coat made from the plant-based leather Ephea, Balenciaga was celebrated with the Best Luxury Product award, and Leonardo Di Caprio- backed LØCI nabbed Best Vegan Shoes. The Best Vegan Material award went to Nanushka for its vegan leather Okobor, produced in-house. The Designer of the Year award was won by Sarah Regensburger, who presented a fully vegan catwalk at London Fashion Week. Vegan luxury shoe designer Pīferi’s bridal collection was awarded Best Wedding Fashion.

“The vegan fashion revolution is truly here – from fur-free catwalks to luxury fashion made with plants,” says PETA Vice President of UK Programmes & Operations Elisa Allen. “With our Fashion Awards, PETA is celebrating the progressive brands dedicated to making a change for animals and the planet.”

Other winners include FRIDA ROME, which nabbed the Best Vegan Bags award for its cactus-leather accessories, which were a success on the BBC’s Dragons’ DenECOPEL won Best Vegan Wool for its eco-friendly hemp-based material Cannaba, and the Best Menswear award went to Piilgrim for its comfortable and stylish streetwear. Filmmaker Rebecca Cappelli was honoured with the Changemaker of the Year award for her groundbreaking documentary Slay, which provides insight into the fashion industry’s exploitation of animals. The Most Wanted Award went to JW PEI for its bags, which have graced the arms of many celebrities, while Natural Fiber Welding received the Innovation Award for its plastic-free vegan leather MIRUM. H&M was named Villain of the Year for going back on its bans on cashmere and mohair.

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that every year, more than 1 billion animals are slaughtered in the global leather industry. Alligators are kept in cramped tanks and crudely bludgeoned to death, while snakes are nailed to trees and cut open for exotic skins. Sheep raised for wool are routinely mutilated, abused, and eventually killed, and animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to small, filthy wire cages before they are killed by gassing, poisoning, or electrocution and sometimes skinned alive.

PETA opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.uk or follow the group on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram.


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