BERGTHOR BJARNASON, CEO VEGAN MODE
Since my childhood in Iceland, I have been concerned about ecology. I used to watch my mother sort out waste and recycle organic waste into the compost of our garden, well before there was any discussion about eco-friendly practices. My concern for global warming and my love for animals led me to stop eating meat at an early stage.
After having worked for 20 years in the fashion industry for the leading French luxury brands, the idea of establishing an online store for animal friendly accessories emerged to bring greater direction and ethics to my professional life. Putting together my professional experience and my personal convictions quickly became a necessity, if not a challenge to accomplish.
For me, Vegan Mode signifies the fight against the old practices of the world, for a better future. As a vegan warrior, I stand up strictly for brands that care about the survival of the planet, animal welfare and work ethics.
From the beginning of 2018, a beautiful collection of vegan handbags and wallets made of organic leather or recycled materials is made available at low cost to everyone who wish to sport a stylish look, while preventing the environment and animals from cruelty. All products are made in France, except for the brands KARMYLIEGE, Kweder et Valentina Roman Studio (Italy) et Marlín Birna (England). KARMYLIEGE’s design is made in France but is manufactured in a Portuguese family-owned handicraft workshop.
VEGAN MODE is currently connected with 9 brands: Camille, Fantôme, Jean Louis Mahé, Kweder, Marlín Birna, Paola Borde, Traveler Pineapple, Karmyliege et Valentina Roman studio.