Let’s face it. It’s cool to know what time it is. It’s also cool to not be glued to our phones. We’re all striving to be present, but most of us rely on technological devices to tell us what minute of the day we are in. Wearing a wrist watch can relieve us of cell phone googling, putting our phones away only to take them out again, and can be the cherry on top of a perfect outfit. The brand I’m highlighting in this post comes from a long line of cute, and classic. WARNING: You may fall in love.
Did you know that leather can be made from pigs, sheep, goats, kangaroos, dogs, cats, exotic animals, as well as cows? Most animals are slaughtered for their skin in China, which exports their skin around the world. When leather is not labeled, it’s nearly impossible to know whom it came from in the first place. I read an article by PETA recently that states,
“In the U.S., many of the millions of cows and other animals who are killed for their skin endure the horrors of factory farming—extreme crowding and deprivation as well as castration, branding, tail-docking, and dehorning—all without any painkillers.”
My thoughts? . . . . NOT ON MY WATCH! (figuratively, and literally)
While skin is the most economically important byproduct of the meat industry . . . just saying “NO” to leather is an excellent way of giving the bird to the faces behind the factory farming industry and the companies that work with and support it. Luckily there is one watch brand that is dedicated to giving us beautifully curated vegan “leather” wrist decor, without any pain or suffering. That brand is, Votch.
Meet, Laura. Her and her four legged co-owner Rolo, created Votch- a Cruelty Free Leather Watch Brand, last year. After undergoing Topical Steroid Withdrawal (a condition that literally causes your skin to shed in a horrifying way), Laura vowed to never wear another being’s skin again. She dedicated time to researching how animals are used for fashion as well as food and by the time she recovered, she was living out a vegan lifestyle. After having an old leather watch strap break and searching endlessly for a vegan version only to have no luck, the idea of Votch went off like a lightbulb in Laura’s mind.
Since then, Laura and her partner in. . . anti-violence . . . have worked hard to build vegan watch collections that are as classic as they are harmless. Because of their simple designs, a Votch can compliment any outfit one throws together. I believe they provide a sophisticated touch no matter what your style is. Last year, Votch even won a PETA fashion award for best vegan watches!
My Top Picks
Here are a few of my favorite Votch styles . . .
Everyone knows black and blue don’t match . . . but booooy do I love going there. I don’t know if it’s the clash that does it for me or if I really just think they compliment each other, but the combination has always been one of my favs.This peachy strap is just darling to me. I personally own the cream colored version of this Votch but it was a close call between the two. I feel that the peach is a tad girly as well as very fresh looking. Gosh it’s so pretty.This black on black satisfies me so much. It’s clean with an avant-garde twist. Yeah, this one’s up there with the black and blue beauty. If you look closely you’ll notice the textured strap. This Votch’s strap was made from Piñatex, an innovative and sustainable fabric created from pineapple leaf fibre. Crazy, right?! Piñatex is a by-product from the pineapple harvest and provides additional income for the farmers growing this wondrous fruit. No extra land, pesticides or fertilisers are used in the production of Piñatex, meaning Votch’s Piñatex straps are not only good for animals, but for the planet as well!
As we are becoming aware of how big a toll the meat industry is taking on our environment, it is important to note that the toxins used in tanning animal’s skin for leather, are equally detrimental. If you’re like me you may have felt or still feel like the quality of leather can’t be beat. The fact is, many of the synthetic materials that exist in today’s world are just as durable and more than likely, more water safe. At times it may seem that the high quality synthetic leathers are a bit pricey, but that is usually due to the fact that they are made slower and in a far more ethical and sustainable way. If you’ve ever wondered if buying leather directly supports factory farming and slaughter houses, unfortunately the answer is Yes. With each leather belt or pair of leather shoes we buy, we sentence an animal to a life of suffering. Trust me, I know it is easy to fall in love with a specific designer’s creations who uses leather or how upsetting it can be when you think you’ve spotted a cruelty free item only to find out it is made of animal leather. I just urge you to push through the disconnect and really think about what had to happen in order to create the adorable item you find yourself drooling over. Chances are, you won’t find it as cute or desirable.
Votch is easily my top choice for vegan leather watches. I’ll introduce you to my lil’ time baby now . . .
Isn’t she a beaut?! I just love my Votch and I hope you come across one you fall in love with too! Although I really enjoy many of Laura’s pieces, I knew this one Votch was an excellent investment. Because I am slowly going minimalist, I chose this neutral color and I didn’t mind the cost. I saved up, knowing that it would be one of just a few watches I will own over my life time and I couldn’t be happier with it!
Thank you so much for reading!
As always, with love and compassion,