The best vegan handbags. Do you have a brand in mind that you love? Help me decide! Here are my seven favorite brands at the moment.
The Inevitable Trend Towards Cruelty-Free and Sustainable Products
Handbags are a constantly evolving fashion accessory for the modern woman and man. From clutches to tote bags; from briefcases to backpacks; every few years seems to recycle an old fashion trend. One thing that has been steadily growing stronger though, in all of fashion, is a move towards more sustainable and cruelty-free materials.
More people are turning away from low-cost fast-fashion as they learn about the textile waste and labor practices of these companies. More people are turning away from bags made of animal skins (i.e. cow, baby cows, alligators, snakes). They are asking for cruelty-free, animal-friendly options, and a multitude of companies have answered that call to be amazing vegan handbags, work bags, and backpacks.
Vegan Bag Options Galore
It seems like just yesterday that finding a cute vegan bag was the ultimate challenge for my picky self. Either the limited brands available (that I knew about) looked like they were still using designs from the ’80s, the material could not pass a “can I bring this to work?” test or they were absurdly out of my budget.
Fast forward to today and there are an immense array of vegan handbag options to the point where it doesn’t make sense to buy leather anymore unless you’re just buying it for a brand/logo. I recently purchased the Brave backpack by Matt and Nat and am so happy with it – high quality, stylish, and fits my criteria for both work and fun.
Here is a list of my current 7 favorite cruelty-free, vegan bag companies making stylish products from ethical materials. For price comparison purposes, I’ll include a high-level estimate for the price of a small women’s crossbody purse.
Matt & Nat
At Matt & Nat, we live by a simple motto, “Live beautifully”. Living beautifully means appreciating the humanity, creativity and positivity found in all of us. 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. – Matt & Nat *$100
We advocate conscious consumerism over fast fashion. We make “victim-free” fashion full of love for all. We will not participate in any kind of exploitation, be it towards our planet, people or animals. – GUNAS *$150
Fashion has a strong impact on people and the environment. That’s why it should always make a statement! A consciousness of environmental problems will bring a new dimension to fashion and therefore the idea of using leather goods is no longer so desirable to the vast majority. – Alexandra K *$220
Minimalistic and functional design in combination with the usage of vegan materials. These ideas make Denise an absolute early-bird. She wanted to create something new in order to convince & inspire people showing that fashion accessories can be vegan-friendly. Denise Roobol is a PETA approved vegan brand! – Denise Roobol *$100
For us, ‘Fashion with Respect’ implies that we consider all living beings and the planet. It’s more than our philosophy, it’s the way we work, live, and breathe. Named by the Telegraph and The Independent, among others, as one of the top Vegan fashion brands to watch, we are leading a change in the luxury industry, ensuring that our tomorrow will present us elegant products that are ethical and sustainable – products we can both enjoy and be proud of. – LaBante London *$75
At Urban Expressions, we don’t compromise—on ethics or style. Our company was founded in 2005 by two conscious entrepreneurs who wanted to revolutionize the industry with chic animal-friendly handbags that meet the needs of the everyday woman. Always on the cusp of big city street trends but rooted in enduring style, our design team is driven by a desire to create luxury vegan accessories that make a distinct fashion-forward statement. – Urban Expressions *$60
At Melie Bianco we believe in quality, craftsmanship, affordable luxury, and we believe in doing our part to make a difference. Our motivation every season is to offer affordable luxury to the everyday woman, regardless of her budget. – Melie Bianco *$50
The Best Vegan Handbags for Every Budget
Amazing and super stylish vegan bags, right? It always feels 1000% better when a company that I’m supporting (by voting with my money) has a socially-minded, animal-friendly mission. Let me know which brand you love! Did I miss your favorite? Let me know!