Nikki Reed, Actor, Musician, Activist, and Handbag Designer


Creates Beauty with Recycled, Cruelty-Free Bags, Supporting Animals. Freedom for Animals

Maranda Pleasant: You love animals? Why do you do so much to help them?
Nikki Reed: Animals don’t have a voice, so I think it is our job to give them one. I think\ we learn some of the greatest lessons in life from animals, whether it’s love, suffering, or the value of silence. But what I find the most interesting about this conversation is how easy it is to forget that what we do to animals, we do to ourselves. So yes, it is about helping animals, but it’s a much larger conversation. What we do to animals directly impacts everything, because we are all connected. It disrupts the food chain, it funds terrorism (ivory), it changes our climate, our oceans, it starts wars. I think it’s time we take a step back and recognize that while we are hurting our animals, we are hurting each other, and we are hurting our planet.

MP: Tell me about your new luxury vegan handbags?
NR: Reusing and recycling our materials is the most important thing we can do. And despite the initial hesitation I sense from people when they first hear that the bags are cruelty free/ recycled plastic, there is an overwhelming sense of love and support that follows. It took me a second to remember that most people are guided by love or fear, whether it’s fear of something new or fear of the unknown. So rather than shoving it down anyone’s throat I think the best way to invite people into the conversation is to just create something beautiful out of love, and people naturally gravitate towards a new way of looking at fashion.