12 Vegan Handbags for the Cruelty Free Fashionista - Good On You
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29 Oct
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12 Vegan Handbags for the Cruelty Free Fashionista

Vegan fashion is evolving at a rapid rate, and is expected to reach the value of USD 1,095.6 billion by 2027. As one of the fastest growing fashion movements this decade, it’s not surprising that animal-free versions of all the classics are hitting the shelves every day. This is great news for our animal friends, as vegan fashion and accessories are made without leather and other animal skins and furs. And while most clothing is easy to veganise, vegan handbags often come under scrutiny for being made of unsustainable materials like plastic-based PVC.

But thanks to innovative eco-friendly leather alternatives from fruit leather to recycled rubber to cork, more and more ethical brands are creating gorgeous cruelty-free handbags that see you caring for animals and the planet all while complementing your outfit. Read on to discover our top 12 favourite vegan handbags.

Svala

Rated: Good
vegan cork handbag by svala

Simma Tote Bag – Ships internationally from the US

Svala creates luxury designer vegan handbags, purses, bags, and totes. Each bag is handcrafted sustainably and ethically in LA with high-quality, premium vegan leather PU, cork, and Piñatex. This classic tote in natural cork can take you from work to the weekend, with enough room for a 13” laptop!

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Shop Svala @ Immaculate Vegan.

tonlé

Rated: Good
knitted vegan bag by tonle

Hand-Crocheted Tote – Ships internationally from the US

tonlé provides environmentally-friendly women’s clothing and accessories with a zero-waste design process. To do so, the brand uses remnant fabrics from large manufacturers as well as recycled threads and reclaimed wood from local suppliers for its trim and accessories. This carry-all vegan handbag works as a weekender bag or a diaper bag for the fashion-forward parent.

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Gunas

Rated: Good
vegan leather bah by sustainable brand gunas

Jane Vegan Leather Satchel – Ships internationally from the US

GUNAS is an American designer of 100% vegan and animal-friendly handbags. The brand’s main material is a perfect alternative to both animal leather and plastic, called Mulbtex. It’s made of a cotton base coated with mulberry leaf pulp, which has its own silky shine, and makes it as water-proof, weather-proof, and strong as silk. Feel like a cruelty-free boss with the Jane Vegan Leather Satchel, available in a range of bold hues.

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Shop Gunas @ Immaculate Vegan.

Stella McCartney

Rated: Good
vegan tote bag by stella mccartnet

Logo Cotton Canvas Tote Bag – Ships internationally from Italy

A member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Stella McCartney has set some excellent environmental standards across the luxury fashion industry. Stella uses some eco-friendly materials, including recycled polyester and organic cotton, and has a strategy in place to reduce waste across its entire supply chain. It has also adopted the ETI Code of Conduct that includes a living wage definition! We love this quirky combo of a vegan handbag and tote.

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Shop Stella McCartney @ Luisa via Roma.

Shop Stella McCartney @ Farfetch.

Elvis & Kresse

Rated: Great
vegan bag by elvis and kresse

Large Post Bag – Ships internationally from the UK

Elvis & Kresse upcycles reclaimed materials into sustainable luxury lifestyle accessories, all ethically handmade with 50% of profits going back to charities. We can’t get enough of this bold yellow post bag made with decommissioned fire hose!

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Funky Kalakar

Rated: Good
black vegan bag by funky kalakar

Ralee Green Sling Bag – Ships internationally from India

Funky Kalakar brings alive the stories of ancient craft in the form of contemporary designs by handcrafting them using natural materials. This elegant sling bag is made from highly durable faux leather that is recyclable up to 8 times, and it also comes in tan and brown if green ain’t your thang!

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Mashu

Rated: Good
orange vegan handbag by mashu

Iris Peach – Ships internationally from the UK

Like a peach bellini, but better! Handcrafted in Greece and designed in London, the Iris Peach mini vegan handbag is a great day to night bag, perfectly sized for your cell, wallet, and a few beauty essentials. Mashu’s environmental rating is ‘Good,’ crafting its exteriors with vegan leather and recycled polyester, while its interiors feature vegan suede made from recycled polyester, ensuring you never have to sacrifice your morals for style again!

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A_C

Rated: Great
semi circle black vegan bag by ahimsa collective

Halfmoon Maxi Bag – Ships internationally from Australia

Ahimsa Collective creates luxury accessories from pineapple leaves which have been turned into the amazing eco-fabric Piñatex. Its entire product range is vegan, and its use of eco-friendly materials limits the amount of chemicals, water, and wastewater used in production. We’re lowkey obsessed with this gorgeous halfmoon vegan handbag that can be used as a clutch or worn over the shoulder with a strap.

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Mila.Vert

Rated: Great
beige vegan bum bag by mila vert

Waist Bag – Ships internationally from Slovenia

Mila.Vert offers timeless, minimal, and chic clothing, adding sophisticated details that give the garments a modern feel. Waist bags are all the rage, and this recycled polyester one is so versatile it can be used as a belt and a clutch as well!

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Ucon Acrobatics

Rated: Good
light purple rainproof vegan bag by ucon acrobatics

Eliza Bag – Ships internationally from Germany

Ucon Acrobatics strongly believes in the idea of innovative, functional, and minimalistic products for creative consumers. It makes products with a high proportion of eco-friendly materials including organic cotton, and uses renewable energy in its direct operations to reduce its climate impact, while also ensuring payment of a living wage at the final stage of production. The Eliza Bag is a versatile tote-cum-backpack made from recycled PET-bottles, and comes in a range of cool modern colours!

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Will’s Vegan Store

Rated: Good
brown vegan satchel by will's vegan store

Mini Satchel – Ships internationally from the UK

Will’s Vegan Store produces animal and human friendly women’s and men’s footwear and accessories at affordable prices. This unisex mini satchel is made with plants using bio oil sourced from organic cereal crops grown in Northern Europe in a carbon neutral process, and it is giving us LIFE!

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LaBante

Rated: Good
black vegan shopping bag by labante

Grant Black Vegan Shoulder Bag – Ships internationally from the UK

LaBante is a London based luxury designer that offers 100% vegan bags, handbags, and wallets that are sustainably and ethically produced. For a classic black vegan handbag, look no further than the cruelty-free, PVC-free, and sweatshop-free Grant!

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