Marketplace Focus: Luca Chiara

luca-cWhen most people think about being vegan, their mind turns to food only.  Animal products, however, are in every facet of life, and after food the most obvious one is clothing.  Michael Salerno of Luca Chiara, though, is here to help with that with his lines of un-leather accessories for men and women.  Believing that people should always choose cruelty-free products whenever possible, and given the fact that animal leather requires a tremendous amount of dyes, chemicals, and tints, Luca Chiara decided to go the vegan, sustainable route to help protect the animals as well as the planet.

Using a combination of water-resistant nylon, 100% cotton canvas, water-repellant rip-stop, and soft-grain vegan leather, Luca Chiara’s products are 100% vegan and PETA-approved.   Looking to integrate 19th century old-world quality with 21st century ingenuity, all of their wallets and passport cases include RFID blocking to help avoid identity theft from any of your cards with computer chips inside them.

Luca Chiara’s product line, which is split between men’s and women’s, encompasses everything from the aforementioned wallets and passport holders to mobile device sleeves, bags, and even shoes.  They all come in a range of colors and patterns, and their travel bags even have removable inserts—which not only allows for a range of color options, but also lets you wash the inside of the bag when necessary.

You’ll be able to check out Luca Chiara in the Marketplace at S.E.E.D., where they will have plenty of items for sale and will be on hand to answer any questions you may have.  If you absolutely can’t wait, be sure to check out their website at (some of the shoes are on a pretty hefty sale right now).



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