Suede is a leather product that’s been given a soft, napped finish. Most suede comes from the belly skins of lambs, calves, young goats, and deer. Suede is far less durable than other forms of leather since it’s processed in a way that makes it prone to stains and water damage. As with all other leather products, the production of suede is based on cruel and inhumane industry practices.

It’s incorrect to assert that suede is an unwanted byproduct of animal agriculture, and that its purchase does not contribute to exploitation and to slaughter. In reality, animal pelts represent a significant portion of the value paid for a carcass, and this is especially true for suede since it’s sourced from the prime parts of some of the highest grade animal hides available. Purchasing suede is therefore comparable to purchasing meat, in that both products put money into the meat industry’s pockets.

Keep an eye out for suede in:

  • clothing
  • shoes
  • furniture
  • jackets
  • belts
  • boots
  • handbags

Also remember that suede can be present in hard-to-notice places like the label on jeans or in the lining of shoes.

Suede alternatives such as microfiber and microsuede are easy to find and generally have superior durability and water resistance. Look for “vegan,” “faux,” and “man-made” labels on tags.


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