100% Vegan & Cruelty Free

BIPOC Female Founded Small Business

REACH certified Toxin Free Vegan Leathers

Ethical labor: Handmade in Spain far above living wage

how did this all start tho?


I met Bhava's founder Francisca on an Innovation in Sustainable Textiles panel in NYC probably a decade ago. We ended up in Costa Rica at the same exact time years later - her visiting family, me running away from my life for a week on a solo trip. She told me then how she started BHAVA. She had been working in the traditional leather shoe industry, until it led her to a health crisis from the toxins she was breathing. She had to stop, quit, live with her family, give up her apartment - and start a new chapter. In this chapter she decided to create her own brand - non-toxic, animal-free, beautiful comfy well made shoes. Her boots are some of my very favorite shoes and I've worn her combat boot in every season. Now I'm so excited to share her lovely shoes for your special day too.

xo Leanne



At BHAVA we do not believe in the use of leather. We  have always been and will always be an animal free company. In addition, we believe a truly compassionate approach to design needs to go beyond using leather alternatives to include the environment, working conditions, and finally to protect you, our loyal supporters and of course your feet.