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If you pay close attention, you'll notice that vegan designers are slowly but surely beginning to make their mark on the fashion industry. Everything from shoes to handbags and clothes are being created from cruelty-free fabrics, offering stylish yet sustainable options you don't have to feel guilty about purchasing. Sounds like a win-win to us. 

So, what exactly is vegan fashion? An item is considered vegan when it's free from animal derived products. Think: animal skins like leather, suede, and fur; animal-derived fibers like wool, silk, and cashmere; and animal parts such as feather, ivory, and shell.

We attended the world's first Vegan Fashion Week in Los Angeles, which was organized by French stylist Emmanuelle Rienda, and met a number of inspiring brands that all share the same goal: to offer fashion-forward products that promote sustainability and cruelty-free practices. Read on to see the top 10 vegan brands that need to be on your radar.