CbusChic interviews Rebecca Arum Littman, founder of Kind Style Shop
Kind Style Shop Founder Rebecca Arum Littman’s background is in fashion, retail design, and merchandising. She’s also an avid animal lover. That’s why she decided to bridge the gap between her love of animals and her passion for vegan fashion.
Her inspiration behind the shop began with her love of animals. “We want to offer customers a cruelty-free choice so that they don’t have to choose between fashion and their love of animals – they can have style and be kind,” Littman says.
Kind Style Shop offers a large selection of vegan handbags (satchels, crossbody bags, totes, etc), backpacks, wallets, and duffles in a variety of unique materials and many colors in a wide range of prices. Kind Style Shop also has a collection of nylon netting bags that are Italian design, handcrafted from repurposed construction and fishing netting by artisans in Cambodia. Over 80% of the workers are women and all employees are offered free childcare, free health insurance, English lessons, savings accounts, and training to develop their skills and further their careers.
“The bags are beautiful iridescent colors – very fashionable and functional silhouettes. The material is extremely lightweight and durable,” Littman says. “We love to carry pieces like this that are a win, not only for the end consumer, but also the entire supply chain.”
Another popular collection is their Pinatex. Pinatex is an innovative, fairly new material made from the fibers of pineapple leaves – something that was once a waste product from the pineapple harvest that is now being repurposed into beautiful products. The result is a material that resembles leather in look and feel, but is very lightweight while still being extremely durable.
Kind Style Shop is unique in many ways. They source their products from trusted vendors from all over the world, curating a unique collection of affordable, high-quality, fashionable, vegan bags. They offer free shipping in the U.S., an amazing rewards program, and price adjustments. They donate bags to a large number of nonprofits for their fundraising initiatives as well as doing their own fundraising events, donating a percentage of proceeds to organizations that support people as well as animals. A few examples: Dress for Success, Ronald McDonald House, Prana Run, Sunrise Sanctuary, and Happy Trails Sanctuary.
There are a lot of new ideas on the horizon for this year for Kind Style Shop. They have been patiently awaiting new products from award-winning designer brand Alexandra K out of Poland. Alexandra K is the first vegan handbag company to use these patented materials. The “Peace Suede” is softer than suede, more durable, stain and scratch resistant. The “Freedom Leather” is equally as user friendly. All the products are handcrafted by artisans with incredible attention to detail.
“The bags are quite stunning!” says Littman. Kind Style Shop is also excited to expand to other vegan accessories over the next few months.
Kind Style Shop is based in Gahanna, Ohio. While they participate in a variety of pop-ups throughout the year, they do not have a permanent brick and mortar shop. However, you can shop 24/7 at: https://www.kindstyleshop.com/ and learn more about the materials, their founder, and all of their products. And don’t forget to follow along on Instagram and Facebook.