One of the main drivers behind the creation of the ILNI brand was the desire to offer a luxury vegan handbag. We are excited to see other high-end brands bringing luxury vegan options to the market. In particular, we were excited to see the world’s first vegan hotel suite open this year at the Hilton London Bankside.
This week we wanted to dive into the luxurious details of the products used in this fantastic new vegan hotel suite design.
The entire suite was designed by Bompas & Parr who are experts at creating multi-sensory experience design. Their brief was to design a 5-star hotel suite that used completely vegan materials. What they designed was a gorgeous suite that is elegant, beautiful and kind to our planet.
The first challenge in this creation was to find alternatives to the usual leather, wool and feathers. The alternatives needed to be of a high-end standard that was fitting for a discerning guest wanting an authentic vegan hotel experience without any compromise in quality.
The designers sourced materials from top designers and artisans using vegan-friendly products to furnish the entire suite using only plant-based materials. This result is a perfect example of how luxury and kindness can combine to create a high-end ethical alternative.
Every detail in this suite has been thought of and a high-end vegan alternative found. It begins upon arrival with guests being greeted at a unique check-in desk upholstered in Piñatex leather alternative produced by Ananas Anam, from the cellulose fibres found in waste pineapple leaves. Guests are then given a room keycard made from the same material.
Entering the suite, should you not know the concept was vegan, you may not even notice, as the room is furnished in a luxury style you would expect to find in any 5-star hotel. The best part is that this room has been designed with an added touch of kindness in the details.
The furnishings are made with Sebastian Cox Mushroom Mycelium that looks and feels like suede. Each piece is grown in a laboratory of biofacture in south east London and are entirely natural, lightweight, incredibly strong and completely compostable.
The wooden flooring is covered with 100% renewable and sustainable bamboo produced by Moso Bamboo. The carpets throughout the suite are made from woven cotton instead of the usual wool.
The sofa, chairs and many other surfaces have been covered with the sustainable pineapple leaves leather alternative, Piñatex. Which has also been used for cushion covers and the fabulous headboard on the queen sized bed.
When it is time to sleep, guests can choose from a range of organic plant-based pillow options. The usual feather stuffing has been replaced with a choice of fillings; organic buckwheat, millet seeds or bamboo fibres.
In the bathroom is a beautiful range of all vegan-friendly Prija ginseng products including Shampoo with Eruca Sativa, Hand Cream with Macadamia Oil and a tonifying Body Cream with Centella Asiatica Extract and Avocado oil. These exotic products are all provided in easily recycled packaging.
The suite’s desk comes stocked with stationary notepads, pens and pencils from vegan-friendly brands that contain no traces of animal products in the paper or ink.
The mini bar is stocked with locally-sourced vegan treats such as Moju cold-pressed juices, Graze protein power, fruit, nut snacks, Ombar Chocolates and Deliciously Ella energy balls in many different flavours.
But the luxury details don’t stop there. The culinary team at Hilton have also redesigned the in-room menu to offer a huge range of vegan breakfast options such as grilled Portobello mushroom, avocado, Quorn and quinoa. Lunch and dinner options include cucumber salad, cauliflower steak and five-bean dhal.
This suite is the first of its kind and showcases high-end luxury vegan options so perfectly. Lily Carver, a designer at Bompas & Parr notes that passionate consumers are already driving a growing demand for vegan products, accessories and furniture. She predicts we will see more vegan options being applied to architectural design, travel and business in the future as consumers seek products that reduce our carbon footprints and offer cruelty-free materials and processes.
We applaud the Hilton for expanding into luxury vegan products and services, and for finding ethical and kind alternatives without compromising on quality.
Kindness inspires kindness