Not only are real leather purses cruel, but leather production causes damage to the environment and tannery workers. And any modern, educated human knows that faux leather can look just as — if not more — glam than real leather. Plus, wearing around a dead animal that was tortured for its skin, just so you can have a fashion accessory? Totally faux pas.
So, where to start looking for a vegan bag, you ask? I’ve put together a list of seven vegan bag brands that will revel any company still toting real leather. Read on and click the links to see which brands fits your chic style best.
Matt & Nat
Matt & Nat, short for “Material and Nature”, offers an enormous selection of vegan bags, wallets, shoes and small vegan goods. It’s a great place to purchase a modern, clean purse that is going to last.
Our values include social responsibility, excellence, inclusiveness, integrity, learning, authenticity and, of course, love. We are inspired by the textures and hues of nature and, to better protect it, we aim to constantly better our ways.
As a brand, they are committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials in their designs. They experiment with different recycled materials such as nylons, cardboard, rubber, and cork. And since 2007, they have been using linings only made out of 100 percent recycled plastic bottles. Recently, they introduced recycled bicycle tires to their collections.
Angela Roi is an ethical luxury handbag brand based in New York. A bit on the pricier side, Roi’s bags are seek, sophisticated and vegan. From bucket bags to backpacks, Angela Roi offers a wide array of colors and styles.
The name “MeDusa” is derived from both the Greek deity and the Hebrew word for “jellyfish.” MeDusa is 100 percent handmade, vegan and cruelty free!
Our items feature floral elements, amorphous shapes and a unique sense of textile, which give our products their vitality and desirable appearance.
— MeDusa Bags
Melia Bianco is a PETA-approved brand, which means they have met rigorous criteria which makes them cruelty-free. They may be a bit on the pricier end, but shelling out a bit more to support a stylish vegan brand that offers unique products? I’m in. Plus, right now you can get up to 50% off your first order with code NYE60.
A handbag is more to us than just an accessory. A handbag is a form of self-expression, it’s a mood booster, it’s a love affair, it’s a powerful statement.
— Melie Bianco
LaBante London is a handbag and jewelry company that is also PETA-approved. They are completely vegan, environmentally friendly and ethical. Now, what’s more chic than that?
Based in Brooklyn, Canopy Verde create eco- and vegan-friendly bags and accessories. Their bags are designed for the minimalist lady.
Jenna Kantor Handbags
Jenna Kantor Handbags promotes the belief that one can dress stylish and sensibly while helping to protect animals. That’s my kind of girl! Based in Michigan, each piece is named after a different location in the Great Lakes State. Only vegan leather is used.
I actually have the wallet pictured above in black. I purchased it on Mackinac Island this past autumn and I absolutely adore it.
Still want more vegan bags? Check out Free People’s vegan purse selection.