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11 Jan
Cropped shot of someone holding up their arms and wearing a black crossbody vegan bag ethically made by A_C.

Our 10 Favourite Vegan Bags to Shop at A_C

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Vegan bags to write home about, made from eco-friendly leather alternatives to love and last.

Beautiful vegan bags made with kindness

A_C is a cruelty-free, vegan accessories brand intent on producing beautiful bags that cause no harm. The Australia-based company was started with a shared vision by a team of free-thinkers who believed they could do things differently.

Having learned to sew before she could ride a bike, founder and creative director Tessa Carroll has always been passionate about design. But despite growing up in an environmentally-conscious household, she decided to go into one of the most wasteful industries on the planet: fashion.

Through her years of frustration at the impact of fashion on the world, A_C was born. Short for “Ahimsa Collective”, signifying peace for all, A_C’s design principles are based on a circular economy, producing contemporary but timeless styles for the modern market that recognises the need to safeguard our future. “The journey from concept to construction is a considered one, ensuring the production of our accessories is kind to the planet, people, and animals.”

A_C founder Tessa Carroll.

Rated “Good” on our directory, one of A_C’s best features is its use of a high proportion of eco-friendly materials. Innovative vegan leather alternatives made from cactus, silicone, and pineapple pair with deadstock fabrics, washable paper, and recycled polyester to bring you beautiful, modern bags that do no harm.

Committed not just to the design and use phases but to responsible end-of-life, A_C facilitates a series of programmes to “recycle, repair, and rehome” their bags, embodying the circularity fashion needs to sustain itself into the future.

It is just as much the responsibility of the designer to produce goods that are kind to our planet and its inhabitants, as it is the customer’s duty to consider their consumption choices.

Tessa Carroll – Founder and Creative Director
Product shot of three black vegan handbags side-by-side, ethically made by A_C.

In the market for a new bag? Read on to discover our 10 favourite vegan bags from A_C right now. The planet and animals will thank you for it.

Monica Belt Bag – Black Cactus Leather

Cropped shot of someone holding up their arms and wearing a black crossbody vegan bag ethically made by A_C.

“Bumbags” move aside, belt bags are A_C’s elevated version. The Monica Belt Bag can be worn cross-body, around the waist, or as a shoulder bag with a 75cm custom chain. Hand-crafted using Desserto cactus leather for the outer, 100% GOTS certified organic cotton for the inner, and custom hardware.

Filippa Bucket Bag – Tan Sileather

A tan vegan silicone leather handbag by A_C.

The Filippa is just the right size. Featuring padded top handles and contrast stitching, this timeless classic will never go out of style. And the coolest part? The exterior is made from cruelty-free silicon leather.

Claudia Shopper Tote – Black Cactus Leather

A black cactus leather handbag by A_C.

Designed for everyday use, Claudia has a 15” laptop compartment and a whole lot of minimalist style. Made from Desserto cactus leather and made for just about anything you need.

Peta Pouch – White Cactus Leather

A white crossbody vegan bag made from cactus leather and designed by A_C.

For a chic crossbody bag that stands out, we love this bright white Desserto cactus leather Peta Pouch. Simple yet sophisticated, Peta comes with internal card slots and a valuables slip pocket.

Tote Modern II – Black Cactus Leather

A large black Desserto cactus leather carryall handbag by A_C.

This award-winning tote won “Best Carry-All for 2021” in the PETA Fashion Awards, and we can see why. Easily transition from desk-to-dinner and day-to-night with this generous-sized top handle tote, made sustainably from black Desserto cactus leather and organic cotton.

Florence Doctor Bag – Black Cactus Leather

A black doctor style bag sustainably made from cactus leather by A_C.

Get one with whatever it is you find yourself doing while honouring frontline workers with this gorgeous doctor bag. Generous for its size and made from chic black cactus leather.

Peta Pouch – Tan Sileather

A tan crossbody Sileather handbag by A_C.

The Peta Pouch in tan exudes elegance and functions exactly as you need it to, whatever look you’re going for. Handcrafted in vegan silicon leather.

Heidi Slimline Wallet – Black Cactus Leather

A black slimline wallet ethically made from cactus leather by A_C.

Heidi is elegant, sophisticated, and considered in its function. Made from 100% cruelty-free cactus leather, this stylish slimline wallet is sleek and elongated to easily carry cash, cards, and devices.

Monica Pencil Clutch – White Cactus Leather

A white cactus leather pencil clutch by A_C.

The Monica Pencil Clutch in white cactus leather is perfect to pair with your favourite denim and heeled boots or sling over your shoulder on a night out. The ultimate wing-woman with two roomy compartments and an additional slot for your phone.

Darcy Daypack – Black Pebble Cactus Leather

A black daypack made from pebbled Desserto cactus leather by A_C.

Last but certainly not least, meet Darcy, the backpack you’ve been waiting for. With a pebbled cactus leather exterior, organic cotton interior, and a bunch of internal pockets for all your prized possessions, Darcy is as functional and it is fashionable.


Rated: Good

Born out of a love for design and a commitment to the Earth, A_C's design principles are based on a circular economy, producing contemporary but timeless bags and accessories. The Australian brand uses an innovative leather-like fabric, cactus leather AKA Desserto Pelle. Its entire product range is vegan, and its use of lower-impact materials limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production.

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