“One of my rules is: If it’s good for the planet, it’s usually good for your wallet.” Jean Chatzky
And speaking of wallets, whether yours is currently fat or not, the most important thing is that it is vegan-friendly. As we live the vegan life, we should be embracing every little aspect like the things we use in our daily lives – wallets included!
So if you are in search for the perfect vegan wallet, either for yourself or to gift to someone special, allow me to help you out!
Before the wallets we know today came to be, people in ancient times used coin purses that were either hidden inside their robes or attached at their hips.
Around the 1300s, people were using the original wallet which they referred to as a bag and used to carry their things valuable to them. When the use of paper currencies rose around the 1600s, people began using “flat wallets” that were still attached to the hips.
In the centuries to come, the wallet designs evolved – from the flat case wallet of the early 19th century to the birth of the modern wallets in the 1950s. And not until recently, modern wallets made out of vegan materials hit the markers. But first let’s go over what type of wallets we vegans should stay away from.
Materials That Vegans Should Avoid
Wallets not only come in different sizes and shapes, but also different materials. As vegans, we need to know what our wallets are made of. That is why we need to take note of the materials we need to avoid. Here’s a guide to make it easier for you:
Every year, over a billion animals are killed by the leather industry for their skins and hides. The by-products are made into different items, including wallets of course.
Most leather being sold in the market are made from the skins of the following animals:
These animals often live on factory farms where they experience extremely harrowing circumstances like overcrowding, dehorning, castration, and etc.
2. Exotic Skins
Luxurious and high-end wallets are often made from skins of exotic animals. Every year, millions of reptiles are killed and then turned into different fashion pieces – wallets included.
Reptiles such as crocodiles, alligators, snakes, lizards, and others go through extensive abuse and suffering for the sake of their skins.
Snakes are often cut open as they are being skinned alive. Crocodiles and alligators are often raised on farms that do not have the best conditions. Some of these animals have developed deformities due to their living conditions.
Also, before their skins are harvested, animal farm workers would whack or bludgeon the animals to paralyze them. While in that state, they will be skinned alive.
Materials That Vegans Should Choose
Given the horrors that happen behind the production of these leather and exotic skin goods, vegans should always be wary of such things.
Therefore, instead of purchasing wallets made from these materials, it’s better that you fully lean towards vegan-friendly materials that do not harm animals in the process.
Here is a list of common materials that are also used to make wallets and that are acceptable for vegans to buy.
1. Faux / Vegan Leather
This material is also known as “pleather”. This synthetic leather is made from polyurethane (PU) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). If you’re looking for a material that looks as close as real leather, then this material is for you!
Plastic wallets are most commonly made of high-density synthetic polyethylene fibers like the brand Tyvek. The good thing about this material is that it is water resistant and it can’t be easily torn.
3. Cork Wallets
If you are looking for a plant-based material, then cork is a great option. Made from Cork Oak bark, it’s a vegan-friendly option that’s water-resistant, too.
Wallets For Him and Her
Now that we know what to look for, allow me to make things even more easier for you. After doing some digging here and there, I made a list of brands that offer vegan wallets.
And to make it less complicated, I will be dividing this into two sections – wallets for men and wallets for women. Hopefully, this curation will help you find the best vegan wallet out there that either you will love or that won’t burn a hole in your pocket!
Wallets For Men
1. Brave Gentlemen
Perhaps known as the first vegan menswear brand for men, Brave Gentlemen has been making waves since 2010. Founded by fashion designer, author, activist and educator Joshua Katcher, the brand is all about cool and smart menswear with an ethical commitment.
Brave Gentlemen has a wide range of fashion pieces, including accessories such as wallets. Its Snap Wallet which is described as “small, minimal, envelope-inspired wallet” retails at $45.00. On the other hand, it’s hand cut and artisan crafted wallets that come in three colors namely tan, brown and black is being sold at $185.00.
Since 1999, the brand has been selling vegan-friendly guitar straps. However, it has since expanded its range of products and this includes wallets.
The brand believes that men can own cruelty-free wallets without sacrificing its durability and beauty. If you are interested in checking out Couch’s US made wallets for men, log on to their website here. Wallet prices start at $14.00 and go up from there.
If you are searching for a collection of a high range of vegan footwear, clothing, and accessories, check out NOHARM. The brand caters to customers who ethically and environmentally conscious.
Since 2004, NOHARM has been making Italian handcrafted pieces products, including its wallets. The billfold wallets come in three shades – black, blue, and brown and retails for £25.00.
4. The Vegan Wallet Company
Just by looking at its name, you know what this brand has in store for you! The brand’s wallet collection is made from cork and hemp and they have three great items.
Priced at $39.00. This super skinny wallet is made of cork and contains no animal products whatsoever. The wallet is made of cork which is a flexible, soft, and highly durable material. The good thing about this type of material is that it is not easily damaged by moisture.
Priced at $49.00. Made with high-grade cork, this wallet is 100% vegan! With its striking black design, it has a RFID blocking mesh that makes it difficult for people to skim or read your cards.
Priced at $59.00. Compared to the two other The Vegan Wallet company products mentioned, this one is made of hemp instead of cork.
Hemp is a plant-based product and is a good alternative to nylon and cotton. And compared to other materials, hemp is very ecological.
5. Hetty + Sam
Founded in 2013, the brand was born with the desire to be an accessory brand that offered contemporary and iconic pieces that held significant and ethical meaning.
Hetty + Sam’s very first product was an iPhone case but has since expanded into many different things like bags, tablet cases, and wallets! At the heart of each design is the commitment to not use any animal by-product, such as fur or leather.
This brand was formed after the realization of how hard it was to find fashion and accessories that were cruelty-free, ethical, sustainable and beautiful.
Ecoture also believes that they can create a space where fashion and principles can come together.
As a platform where various ethical brands are showcased, it includes vegan wallets for men. There’s a Billfold wallet that comes in Camel and Black that you can get for $89.00.
There’s also a Billfold Coin wallet that comes in chestnut, black and dark brown. These wallets were handcrafted to perfection by a small family-run factory located in Portugal.
Back in 2014, many questions were running through Arture founder Shivani’s mind. She wondered if it was possible to have something that looks and feels great but was also sustainable.
It was a year later, in 2015 when she was able to establish her own lifestyle accessories brand.
According to Shivani, the brand name “Arture” came from the portmanteau of art and nature. As a PETA-approved brand, Arture uses only 100% natural cork fabrics that they get from the Mediterranean. These cork fabrics are made into different accessories including men’s wallets.
The brand has a wide array of wallets that men can choose from. The prices are somewhere between $45.00 to $51.00.
Corkor founders Natália and Vítor grew up surrounded by cork oak trees. As they aged, it dawned on them that there weren’t a lot of cork being used in vegan fashion. With their desire to showcase cork, they came up with a vegan accessories.
Corkor uses only the best natural materials. As a PETA approved vegan brand, it is 100% cruelty-free. It has a wide range of accessories being sold on their website, including men’s wallets that are priced between $14.50 to $49.50.
Wallets For Women
Now that we have got the guys covered, it’s the ladies’ turn! When you open a woman’s bag, one of the very first things that you would notice is her wallet.
In today’s fashion, there are plenty of brands that carry wallets that vegan women would love. And fortunately, there are different price points suitable for all female vegans. Let’s check them out:
1. Denise Roobol
After her stint at the Willem de Kooning Design Academy, Denise Roobol established a bag and accessories brand based in Rotterdam.
Denise combines the use of high-quality Hong Kong sourced vegan materials with functional and minimalistic designs. This fusion is evident in the various products that she has, including the wallets made for women.
Sugandh G. Agrawal was an industrial designer at KitchenAid for seven years when she decided to leave the corporate world and start her very own high fashion label with a cause.
GUNAS has been making bags, shoes, wallets and other accessories since 2009. The brand believes that animals should not be involved in fashion at all and that you can feel good without inflicting harm on other creatures.
GUNAS started out as a “Made in NYC” cruelty-free brand. However, over the years, it has worked with small-scale ethical manufacturers and artisans from different parts of the world such as Mexico, Brazil, India, Hong Kong, and South Korea.
Be a GUNAS girl and check out the brand’s wallet selection here!
3. JW Pei
If there is one motto that the brand JW Pei believes in, it’s that the “future of fashion should be ethical and sustainable.
When they first started out, the brand was told that leather should be part of their label. However, they did not pay this any mind.
JW Pei is committed to designing different fashion items using 100% vegan leather. This proves that even without the use of any animal products, cruelty-free and sustainable goods can also be beautiful.
Apart from this commitment, JW Pei has also made sure that in five years’ time, they will be replacing all of their major materials with recycled materials. For now, they have started using 100% recycled bottles for their lining materials.
If you love the idea behind this brand, make sure you check out their products on their site, including their wallets priced between $69.00 – $79.00. Click here to check them out.
4. Sans Beast
“A collection that uses no animal products” is what Australian brand Sans Beast is all about. Founded by Cathryn Wills who used to work as a Creative Director of an accessories brand, she was surrounded by leather for over a decade.
This all changed when she decided to become a vegetarian and realized that her job was not in accordance with ethical beliefs on the environment and animal welfare.
Since its founding, the brand has created pieces that are alternatives of products made from animals. Sansbeast offers different kinds of bags as well as pouches and wallets.
The wallets are priced $99.00-$129.00 AUD. To find your favorite one click here.
5. Tree Tribe
In 2015, an outdoor lifestyle brand was established and it was called Tree Tribe. This brand has committed to creating pieces made of eco-friendly materials. Apart from that, for every sale, they will be planting 10 trees.
Tree Tribe aims to plant millions of trees. As of this writing, it has planted over 290,000 trees and this number continues to rise.
If you wish to contribute to the brand’s commitment and to make a positive impact on the environment, treat yourself to one of its products. Perhaps you would like a new wallet made of leaf leather (from Teak leaves).
Someone who has purchased a wallet from Tree Tribe described it as “sleek, natural, durable & fashionable!”. If you want to get your own, click here.
BONUS: To learn more about these vegan wallets, check out the video below!
6. Doshi FCSA (Fine Clothes Shoes and Accessories)
Based in Southern California, Doshi aims to be a provider of high-quality vegan products that are both fashionable and smart. To add to that, it believes in providing vegan product options for people with different beliefs – be it environmental, religious, or ethical.
In every product they put out, Doshi makes sure that it is sustainable and eco-friendly. The brand has a wide collection of bags and accessories, including these microfiber based vegan leather made wallets – Accordion ($59.00) and Mini Wallet ($45.00).
7. Matt & Nat
When we talk about vegan fashion and goods, we can’t leave the famous Canadian brand, Matt and Nat.
This PETA approved brand has been making waves in the vegan fashion scene since it was founded in 2007. Since its establishment, the brand has committed to not using any animal-derived materials in their products.
As it grows and grows each year, Matt & Nat are finding new and innovative materials that they can use. They have been experimenting with different recycled materials such as the following:
If you are searching for fashionable vegan items, you’d better make sure you check out Matt & Nat.
From bags, footwear, and small vegan goods you will surely find something for yourself! If you are looking for a chic and functional wallet, check out the selections here. Prices range from $45.00 to $95.00.
When it comes to buying a wallet, you have got to know where to spend your money on! Contrary to what we might have originally thought in the past, there are actually so many brands out there offering wallets and other goods that adhere to our ethical beliefs as vegans.
The great thing about the wallet brands that I included in this curation is that all of them have sustainability and eco-friendliness values as part of their commitment to animal-free goods production.
With that said, do you have a preferred vegan wallet brand that you think we should know about? Feel free to share in the comments below. If you know anyone who might find this list useful, go ahead and share this on their social media accounts!