A PETA-approved luxury vegan handbag brand, we want people to know there is a much more ethical way to wear and enjoy beautiful fashion that doesn’t involve cruelty.
Our brand has the essence of historical femininity, inspired by romantic destinations and classic style with a contemporary twist but most importantly this brand is driven by compassion.
Wearing So Long Marianne is a statement of beauty, grace and elegance. The brand has heart and soul; this really is fashion with compassion at its finest.
Our brand name is inspired by a Leonard Cohen song which was released in the 1960s. The nature of the song is about a romance between a man and his love and very much part of what we wanted to bring into our brand.
For a while now high fashion brands have been about the weird and wonderful and although we love that and celebrate it we feel there’s something uniquely beautiful and timeless about celebrating our feminine side; soft edges, beautiful designs, pretty colours.
We want to put the femininity back into feminism, to advocate for class and beauty and for women to feel strong and sexy while being comfortable in showing their fair and soft side.
We feel women are very special, we are proud to be different to the opposite sex and love our new delicate romantic design, the first of The Camargue Collection. We have been inspired by Europe’s most beautiful and romantic destinations. The elegance of Italy, the beauty of France, the story of a woman from Greece, and designed in the cosmopolitan city of London. The Camargue region of Provence in France is where the River Rhône meets the Mediterranean Sea. It is also an eponymous horse breed, one of the oldest in the world, and famously home to pink flamingos, being one of the only places around the Mediterranean where they nest.
Our brand has the essence of historical femininity, inspired by romantic destinations and classic style with a contemporary twist but most importantly this brand is driven by compassion. Wearing So Long Marianne is a statement of beauty, grace and elegance. The brand has heart and soul; this really is fashion with compassion at its finest.
Why we turned our back on leather
For too long now high-end fashion brands have profited from extreme cruelty. Leather isn’t just a by-product it’s an attack on the vulnerable to make huge amounts of money from causing unimaginable suffering. In a time where we are being made more aware of the oppressed, we feel animals need to be heard. All brands should move towards a more cruelty free fashion world.
“Every year, more than a billion animals are killed for their flesh and skin.”
Leather is the most valuable co-product of the meat industry, which means that it contributes directly to the horrors of factory farming and the slaughter of countless animals each year.
“Cows are commonly killed at between just 1 and 5 years old, a fraction of their natural life expectancy.”
Farmed cows are killed well short of their approximately 20-year life expectancy. In US slaughterhouses, animals are shot in the head with a captive-bolt pistol, hung upside down by a hind leg, stabbed in the throat, and bled to death. Many animals aren’t properly stunned and are dismembered and skinned while still conscious.
“Cows have no choice but to watch as workers kill their friends and family.”
In India, slaughterhouse workers throw cows to the ground, bind their legs, and slit their throats—all in full view of other cows. As seen in PETA’s video exposé of Bangladesh’s billion-dollar leather industry, cows are sometimes still alive and kicking as their skin is torn off.
When transporting the animals to the slaughterhouses, cows are often on the brink of collapse, torturous methods to keep them moving are used including deliberately breaking their tails at each joint and rubbing tobacco and chilli peppers into their eyes.
“Calves are torn away from their mothers … if they survive that long.”
Without human intervention, calves suckle for nearly a year, but premature separation of mother and calf is standard practice on farms worldwide. Even unborn calves—whose skin is considered a “luxury” material—are mutilated for leather. Some are purposely aborted, while others are cut out of the bodies of slaughtered pregnant cows.
So Long Marianne wants change
We want people to know there is a much more ethical way to wear and enjoy beautiful fashion that doesn’t involve cruelty.
Quality and workmanship
With our romantic lockets, soft curves, elegant lines, and beautiful ruched edges our handbags are all about femininity.
We spent many hours looking for and talking to the right people to create some of the best hardware for our brand. We wanted everything to tie in perfectly. All the designing and colour matching was done by us here in the UK.
We have an excellent team of people we are working with to ensure the best quality for our products. Not only are we passionate about creating beautiful designs but also in trying to source the most ethical and environmentally sustainable materials.
Our vegan leather is PETA approved, has an EU environmental seal of approval and is of great quality.
Meet the Founders:
We are two passionate women who both believe in compassion to all beings. Not only do we advocate respect and kindness to those around us, but we believe this compassion should also extend to those that we do not see day to day.
We have been a voice for the animals for many years and practice what we preach by both enjoying and thriving on a vegan diet. While some people start and stop with what is on their plate we also do not buy or wear any animal products. Where possible we are strictly cruelty free and this includes in the brands we buy and support.
We came up with the idea for a high-end vegan handbag brand many years ago when we realised all the lovely designer handbags were made from animal skin. We really felt strongly about wearing such cruelty but at the same time there didn’t seem to be anything that we loved that was ethical. Vegan handbags have historically been at the cheaper end of the market and we found we were often having to sacrifice both the quality of the materials and that of the workmanship to get something vegan.
We decided to create our own and we are so delighted with the results. We are here to showcase that you really can have great fashion with compassion. Beautiful designs do not need to be made from cruelty and with the vegan and ethical movement growing on every level we wanted to be part of that in the fashion industry.