Three years ago, it was estimated that handbag sales in the US were around $11.5 billion. Wow! Based on that alone, it seems that bags are huge in women’s fashion!
Given the demands for bags, can you just fathom the number of animals being sacrificed for the sake of fashion and style year in and year out?
Vegans, as much as they want to express themselves through their personal styles, they have to stay away from bags made of animal byproducts.
Before you start losing hope though, there seems to be a silver lining! There are plenty of brands in the market today that create vegan handbags!
What Makes A Handbag Vegan?
If you are in search of vegan bags to purchase, look for pieces made of the following materials among others:
- Vegan Leather
- High-quality Polyurethane (PU)
- Polyester Fibres
- Recycled Nylon
If you’re wondering about the materials being used, you can try checking out the brand’s website as they would usually put the information there.
From Around The World…
In this day and age, shopping has become so much easier. And if you are looking for different brands from around the world that sell high-quality vegan handbags, well it’s your lucky day!
I looked into some of the most promising and flourishing brands from around the globe that you should definitely check out!
1. Made in the US
- Crystalyn Kae
With workshops in Seattle, Washington, and New York City, Crystalyn Kae is an all American brand that are not only beautiful to look at but are functional as well. All of their pieces are made with reclaimed materials that have been ethically sourced.
In terms of their handbag selection, about 80% of their bags are cruelty-free. Also, they are water resistant and machine washable. You can check out their ethically made in the United States of America vegan bags here.
Gunas is a brand that was founded by a former corporate career woman named Sugandh G. Agrawal in 2009. Sugandh left her job to start her own cruelty fashion brand. The brand believes that we all can look good without harming any other living beings including animals.
Gunas started with bags that were “Made in NYC” but over the years, it has started working with small companies and artisans from around the world who hold the same ethical beliefs. Check out Gunas’ collection of bags on their website today!
A New York City-based brand, FruitenVeg believes that they can create luxury handbags that are not made of leather. Instead, they can use sustainable and high-quality materials to create ethically made bags.
To give their bags the luxury feel that the brand envisions, they usually make use eco and animal-friendly materials such as faux leather, faux fur, and faux suede. Check out FruitenVeg’s amazing handbags here!
Luxury and cruelty-free – that is what American made brand Filbert has in mind with their range of accessories including handbags. The brand believes in creating sustainable and luxurious pieces made of materials such as USDA organic cotton, soft vegan leather, and luxury vegan suede.
Shop for Filbert handbags here.
In search of a handbag made for the modern and active vegan woman in you? If yes, check out House of De-vesi’s multipurpose handbags!
Their handbags are easy to clean and carry. They are also water resistant! To add, they are made of man-made materials and vegan leather.
- Benga Rabbit
Unique and vegan – these are some of the qualities that bags from Beng Rabbit has. The brand has vegan bags and products that mirror the digital and urban culture. And each bag has its own one-of-a-kind printed artwork.
Founded in 2005, the brand has created bags that are not only original but stylish and functional as well.
Check out their collection of bags, each with its distinct design here!
- Canopy Verde
Inspired by mid-century Danish design, a Brooklyn neighborhood, and a belief in creating something that’s earth-friendly in all aspects, Canopy Verde handbags were made.
The bags are made using methods and processes that reduce waste and reuse materials.
Some materials that Canopy Verde uses are:
- Organic cotton certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
- Eco-friendly dyes
- Vegan Leather
If you are interested to see what Canopy Verde has to offer, check out its bag collection here.
- Doshi FCSA (Fine Clothes Shoes and Accessories)
Fashionable, smart and quality vegan products are what Doshi can offer. A brand based in Southern California, it creates bags made from non-leather materials like vegan leather.
Before a bag can be made, Doshi focuses on choosing the materials carefully. Also, they focus on how it is made and they look into various ways to make the bag last as long as possible.
Check out some of Doshi’s handbags here.
2. Made in Europe (See #4 for the UK)
Are you looking for a stylish bag that is made from 100% natural and plant-based sources and is animal-friendly? Well, check out these bags from Paplebag!
Paplebag’s range of bags is made from 100% paper (cellulose fibers). This material is lightweight, sustainable and long lasting. To add, it’s beautiful to look at as well.
- Alexandra K
Named after vegan and designer Alexandra Kościkiewicz, the brand creates simple and functional apparel, accessories and of course…handbags!
Alexandra had the vision of a creating the perfect handmade vegan bags. This came to a reality sometime around 2014 when she established her own brand.
Alexandra K bags are made of synthetic fabric of the highest quality and are all handmade. Take a look at some of the handbags being offered by this Polish brand here.
- Denise Robool
This is a PETA approved brand created by a Dutch in the name of Denise Robool. The bags are made from high quality materials and are made to be fashionable vegan pieces.
The bags are designed to be functional and minimalistic at the same time, making them ideal choices for those looking for vegan bags that do its job well!
Denise Robool has a wide range of bags that will surely leave you wanting to score at least one piece. Check them out on their website!
- Maravilla Bags
This Spanish based brand specializes in handcrafted accessories and bags. It combines modern design with that of traditional craftsmanship.
Maravilla Bags has a line of bags made of PIÑATEX. This is an amazing natural and sustainable material made of pineapple leaves. PIÑATEX is known to be:
- Water resistant
It has also managed to pass the international standard tests set by ISO for abrasion resistance, tensile strength, tear resistance and light and color fastness.
Shop for Maravilla Bags’ vegan collection here!
3. Made in Canada
- Matt & Nat
If you keep up with vegan fashion news, I’m pretty sure you have heard of the Canadian brand called Matt & Nat. the name is derived from MAT(T)ERIAL and NATURE.
Since starting the brand in 1995, the brand has always been committed to creating pieces that make no use of animal leather or any other animal materials.
Look through their collection of handbags here and you might find yourself checking one or two items out!
- Pixie Mood
Since 2011, Pixie Mood has been committed to designing and developing products made of eco-friendly materials.
It has a great line of vegan-friendly handbags that are perfect for those who wish to be fashionable and compassionate toward animals at the same time.
Since its creation, Espe prides itself on never ever using any animal-based material such as leather in the making of its products.
As an all vegan company, Espe makes use of a synthetic leather called polyurethane (PU-leather). It is said that PU leather is far friendlier and stronger to the environment than vinyl or PVC.
Espe has an impressive range of handbags that you should check out ASAP!
It would probably shock a lot of people to know that cork can be made into a handbag. Yes, that’s right! There is more to cork than being made into soles or wine bottle covers!
RokCork is a vegan-friendly brand that creates luxury handbags made of cork!
Through the bags and its style and quality, we can actually see how versatile cork can be! If you want to see for yourself, you may do so here!
- jeane & jax
Built on the principle that we can still be fashionable without harming any animals in the process, PETA approved brand jeane & jax have created bags made from the vegan materials of the highest quality.
The bags designs of jeane & jax are inspired by Montreal’s diverse community and its artsy side
If you feel like taking a peek at the brand’s collection, feel free to check it out!
4. Made in the United Kingdom
In 2013, a vegan fashion label called Wilby was created. It aimed to make pieces that are free from animal byproducts. It was also committed to creating products that were both stylish and ethical.
Most of the brand’s bags are made in the United Kingdom. And if they can help it, the brand would like to keep it that way.
Check out their PETA approved vegan handbags on their website now!
- Fablou London
Some people can’t leave the house without their handbags! I would surely feel the same way if I had a water, scratch, and stain resistant bag like the ones from Fablou London!
With its minimalist approach, Fablou London has managed to create bags that are perfect for vegans. The bags are made of soft silicone and are ethically produced.
Own a piece of this unique bag by checking out Fablou London’s website now!
5. Made in Australia
- The Ahimsa Collective
If you are in search of a luxury vegan bag in Australia, The Ahimsa Collective is your best bet!
The brains behind the label believe products that do not harm animals, the environment and society can be produced. Also, as champions of change, they are committed to not only reducing but also reversing the effect of carbon footprint.
When it comes to the design, the brand is into a modern, sustainable approach. It tries to make use of materials that some might consider as waste such as Ecoprene and Pinatex.
To give you an idea of how their products look like, check this out!
BONUS: To learn more about the different vegan handbags you can own, check out the video below!
Looking at all the above vegan brands, I can’t help but think how else can we make vegan-friendly handbags a popular option for everyone (non-vegans included).
It is my hope that more and more retail businesses can carry vegan bags to make it easier for people to have access to these products.
I looked into some vegan bag brands in the market today that are open to B2B or wholesale deals, and here they are:
- Isabelle Handbags
Founded in 2012, Isabelle has created high-quality handbags made from best cruelty materials. The brand has been lead tested (Prop 65 compliant) and is 100% PETA certified.
Based in Los Angeles, Isabelle handbags are crafted with excellence and attention to details in mind. The brand is open to wholesale selling and private labeling. You can shoot them an email or give them a ring at + 323-277-9888.
- JW Pei
Before the brand’s launch in 2016, some people said that they should make leather goods as nobody actually cared for animal welfare and concerns. The good thing is no one listened to the naysayers!
Since then, JW Pei has designed bags that are made of 100% vegan leather. These bags are not only beautiful but are functional and ethically produced.
If you wish to learn more about its vegan bag collection and how you can discuss wholesale business, contact them through their website.
- Melie Bianco
Carried by over 5,000 stores, Melie Bianco offers affordable luxury bags that are made of the highest quality, cruelty-free materials.
For over 14 years, the label has managed to fulfill wholesale demands of their animal-friendly bag alternative.
The bags being made by Melie Bianco are not only priced fairly but go through extensive quality control check. Also, the bags are designed to reflect the equilibrium between the latest and timeless trends.
If you are keen to sell these lovely Melie Bianco bags, make sure you fill out the wholesale application form.
Are Big Handbag Brands Embracing The Vegan Way?
If we listen to the word on the streets, it seems that some big fashion brands out there have started selling vegan-friendly bag pieces. However, given that the fashion industry is one of the top users of animal by-products and materials, I say take it with a grain of salt.
To see just how true it is that some handbag makers have started to go the vegan route, let’s check out some of the most popular bag brands out there.
Let’s take a look at Coach and Michael Kors. These are perhaps two of the most popular bag brands in the world. If you’re out and about, I’m pretty sure you will at least run into one person lugging a bag from either of these brands.
Unfortunately, it seems like they haven’t embraced the vegan-friendly ways, as they produce bags made of animal materials such as leather.
If you take a look at PETA’s ranking of vegan-friendly retailers, both Michael Kors and Coach received a Grade F, meaning that they are some of the least vegan-friendly fashion retailers around!
If you are wondering which big brands carry vegan handbags, the first name that comes to mind is Stella McCartney.
Stella’s handbags are known for not using fur or leather in her collections. As per PETA, Stella McCartney belongs to the list of most vegan-friendly retailers.
Finding the best vegan handbag brands available to purchase is not as hard as you might think. With so many wonderful labels out there, you should be able to find the one that fits you and your personal style the most! Just pick one of the brands from all those mentioned above.
Always remember to look into the types of materials used in manufacturing the bags. If you are in doubt, you can always contact the brands and their customer service representatives will help you figure out the status of your desired handbag.
If you are among those who were able to score her dream vegan handbag, let us know where you got it from in the comment section below. Do tell us how you were able to decide which one to buy and what you took into consideration! Also, if you’re feeling generous, feel free to share this in your favorite social media platform!