Listed below is the ultimate list of vegan handbags, vegan brands, and also accidentally vegan handbags. As a practising vegan for 2.5 years now, I have found that the hardest part is not the diet, but the fashion! Most well known handbag designers or brands use cows leather. I'm often scrolling the internet trying to find all kinds of nice and luxury handbags that are vegan. Here is a list of the ones you should know about.
Why Vegan Handbags?
Living a vegan lifestyle is more than what you eat and extends to all aspects of a persons life, including the clothes, shoes, and handbags they wear. Those who choose to follow a vegan lifestyle are often driven by environmental concerns and animal rights. Therefore, if you're choosing to not eat animals, then why would one want to wear one?
This is a question that most vegans will eventually be faced with. I know it was slow transition for me, starting with changing my diet only at first. But after 2.5 years of eating vegan, I have now chosen to no longer buy animal products at all, which includes leather goods!
The search for the perfect vegan handbag is never ending for me, and along the way I've discovered many well known brands, as well as uncovering some lesser known gems. From fake leather to leather, here is the compilation of my favourites.
Vegan Purses & Vegan Clutches
1/ 20 THEMOIRe Bios Vegan Clutch Bag
First up on the list is a 100% ethical and environmentally responsible brand, THEMOIRe. The Bios vegan clutch bag is made with vegan leather, and can be used with a shoulder strap as a carry bag too.
2/20 THEMOIRe Gea Vegan Crossbody Bag
Second on the list is another one from THEMOIRe. This is sold as a vegan crossbody bag, but can be easily be used like a clutch. It has a chunky chain handle that can be carried like a purse or small handbag. What I like about this bag is that it is made out of 100% recycled nylon. It leaves no question or doubt in anyones mind if it's real leather or not.
3/20 THEMOIRe Gea Knitted Faux Clutch
Themoire comes in again at third on the list with this faux leather knitted clutch (I promise there are other brands on the list!). I love this light pink design, and I especially love that its the perfect to be either a purse or crossbody bag.
4/20 Prada Beaded Fringe Clutch Bag
The last clutch on the list is this accidentally vegan clutch bag by Prada. The outer and lining is 100% nylon, with the delicate beaded fringing. Therefore, there is no leather on this high end luxury product. One thing that I also love about this clutch is the reverse side to the beading. which is plain black with a classic Prada logo.
Vegan Crossbody Bags
5/20 V73 "I Am A Responsible Bag" Crossbody Bag
V73 is a responsible Italian brand, which has seen exponential growth across Europe and parts of Middle East. All handbags use responsible materials and are 100% vegan. If you are looking to make a statement with your fashion, then there is nothing bolder than their "I am a responsible bag collection". Made from canvas and recycled fabrics, this is a sure winner for the conscious consumer.
6/20 Prada Re Nylon Shoulder Bag
Another accidentally vegan bag makes the list. This Prada bag is made out of recycled nylon fabric, with no leather insight. The use of recycled fabrics means there is less energy & water used to produce raw materials, making it better for the environment! It comes with a detachable purse as well, making it the perfect travel companion.
7/20 Serenity Crescent Cross Body Bag by MIMCO
The next bag on the list is by a much loved Australian brand, MIMCO. MIMCO have a full vegan range, and this bag is one of them. The main body of the bag is made from polyester, but still has a luxurious look and feel to it.
8/20 LAPY Shoulder Bag by V73
Another V73 bag makes the list, with this colourful and playful shoulder bag. This bag is made with a straw flap detail and gold chain. It also comes in black and white for those who aren't a fan of the bright colours.
Vegan Shoulder Bags
9/20 Frayme Small Zipped Shoulder Bag by Stella McCartney
I am obsessed with this shoulder bag! I love the chunky chain detailing with the sleek teal blue. If you prefer a beige or black bag, you are in luck because this bag comes in 3 other colours as well. Stella McCartney effortlessly reminds us that ethical and sustainable fashion does not required any compromise on style.
10/20 ALIK Vegan Shoulder Bag by Matt & Nat
Matt & Nat have long been pioneers in the vegan handbag space, starting their vegan handbag business in 1995. The company claims to be completely vegan cruelty free and show no signs of slowing down. The exterior is vegan faux leather, with the interior made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. This vegan shoulder bag is one of the many classic designs you can find at Mat & Nat.
11/20 Japanese Medium Faux Leather Shoulder Bag by MM6 Maison Margiela
This vegan should bag is made from black faux leather and takes its inspiration from the construction of origami. Wear is on your shoulder or carry it as a tote, this vegan handbag is a great classic piece that will compliment any outfit in your wardrobe.
12/20 Falabella Shaggy Deer Small Tote Bag by Stella McCartney
This small tote bag is the perfect shoulder bag or carry bag. It has a sleek tote design, as well as doubling as a shoulder bag with a longer chain. The longer chain allows for the "shaggy" look, which makes this bag super versatile and stylish.
13/20 Watermill Crossbody Bag by ALTUZARRA
The Watermill Crossbody bag is designed to be worn over the shoulder, or across the body. The bag is made out of natural straw and vegan cactus leather. This bag adds the perfect summer vibe to any outfit.
Vegan Tote Bags
We are now into my favourite category, the vegan tote bag. Tote bags are incredibly versatile, with many of the bags on this list perfect for a day at work, school, uni, or even to the gym!
14/20 Allegory Tote Bag by MIMCO
Another gorgeous bag from MIMCO makes the list. Earlier this brand made an appearance in the crossbody section and it shows up again with its exclusive vegan range. The allegory tote bag is made from corduroy and faux leather, making it the perfect everyday bag. If I'm completely honest, I have just decided to buy this buy myself!
15/20 Sorrento Logo Debossed Tote Bag by V73
V73 has a gorgeous range of tote bags as well as those smaller pursed and crossbody bags mentioned earlier in this list. The bright pink colour might not be for all, but I love it! Paired with simple plain colours, this is the perfect statement piece to any outfit. If pink really isn't your colour, then don't worry, it also comes in black.
16/20 The Mini Jacquard Tote Bag by Marc Jacobs
Marc Jacobs have recently released a tote bag collection that has some 100% accidentally vegan handbags. This mini tote bag is one of them and I love it. If you love the branded fashion pieces, then this bag is a sure winner. Pair this with your day to day outfits to show that whilst you are against animal cruelty, that doesn't mean your style should be compromised.
17/20 The Large Tote Bag by Marc Jacobs
Similar to the mini tote bag by Marc Jacobs, the large tote bag is accidentally vegan, made of of 100% canvas material. These bags are an excellent choice for anyone who prefers to use a canvas bag over a handbag during their day to day. Marc Jacobs have now taken a once daggy canvas bag, into a stylish everyday handbag.
18/20 Re - Nylon Embroidered Tote Bag by Prada
This tote bag by Prada is made from 100% recycled nylon material. It is made with the environment and sustainable fashion as a number 1 consideration. It is incredibly versatile and is the perfect way to show your commitment to responsible fashion whilst staying true to your own unique style.
19/20 Serenity Tote Bag by MIMCO
The Serenity Tote bag is from the same vegan collection as the crescent crossbody bag on this list earlier. This is an incredibly versatile bag. I actually own on myself. I originally bought it to use as a gym bag. But it has since become my everything bag. Its formal and corporate enough to also use as my everyday work bag. If you prefer to carry a larger bag that can fit your laptop, water bottle and still have some more room, then this bag is perfect for you.
20/20 The Lucent Geometric Panelled Tote Bag by Issey Miyake
The last bag on this list is the classic geometric tote bag by Issey Miyake. This bag is hugely popular, and they have now come out with a 100% polyester design, meaning it is 100% vegan