Best Vegan Handbags

Image: Mashu SS19

No one can deny that Veganism has hit the mainstream recently. And as many vegans will attest, simply erasing animal based foods from your diet isn’t enough. There are also beauty and fashion products to consider. If you are looking for a stylish new handbag, without the worry of its origin, then we have the best vegan handbags for you.

Vegan (or fake) leather isn’t a new thing. Many reasonable fashion brands have stocked fake leather goods over the years. Usually made of PU or polyurethane, they are a cheap and cruelty free antidote to leather. However, we now know that regular PU, made from petroleum, is far from kind to the environment. By choosing a cheap PU handbag, your impact on the environment is probably equal to that of the production of an animal made leather handbag. This is because the process of creating PU is energy and water intensive. Plus the solvents in the polyurethane mean that the process is sometimes toxic to those working in the factories.

But don’t despair, we have good news. Pioneered by the Queen of Sustainability Stella McCartney, great alternatives now exist. Stella’s own ‘alter-nappa’ is created using recycled polyester and vegetable oil. She’s not the only one making amazing innovations in the field of vegan leather. EcoLorica is another exciting material being used by brands including JW Pei and Lo London. It’s made from a microfibre which is strong and textured like leather. We have collated our favourite kind vegan leather brands. So the only issue you’ll have is choosing just one!

Best Vegan Handbags

This feminine and elegant bag from Stella McCartney is perfect for day or evening. The alter-nappa leather, created by Stella, is very soft. Brushed metal hardware accents add to the elegance of the bag.

We love Mashu’s modern, architectural range of handbags. The Maya is a feminine take on a traditional briefcase. Here it has been downsized with the handle and chain created from sleek metal. A shiny finish to the PU makes it a great option for work.

If you are looking for a good vegan alternative to suede then look no further than Matt & Nat’s Suede Collection. It feels genuinely soft to the touch. Better yet the  roomy style means that it’s the perfect day bag for stashing all your essentials.

This large tote bag is a great option for taking you from work to the gym and home again. Extra thick handles make it durable and comfortable to carry. Lo London use EcoLorica to create a cruelty free, environmentally friendly vegan bag.

We love this cool but practical backpack from Charlie Feist. Not only does it look great but it’s made from recycled PET and vegan leather. A handy laptop sleeve makes it a great option for those that need to be on the go.

Round bags are still trendy, and they don’t come much prettier than this one. JW Pei’s beautiful, baby pink bag has complimentary gold metal hardware. Not to mention a recycled polyester lining.

Elvis & Kresse make amazingly innovative bags. Repurposing old fireman’s hose (yes we are serious!), they create tote bags to love forever. Even better, 50% of their profits go The Fire Fighters Charity. 

New York based Gunas make the prettiest handbags. This cross body style is a great option for evening. Created from Eco PU and recycled metal hardware, it’s the real deal.

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