If you’ve been looking to make more sustainable or ethical choices when it comes to your wardrobe, it can be hard to know where to begin. Thanks to their versatility and great cost-per-wear, we think bags are the perfect place to start when it comes to making more sustainable and ethical investments.
However, if your doubts about vegan-leather (AKA faux leather) or replica leather alternatives have been holding you back, have no fear. The introduction of cutting edge fabrications, clever craftsmanship, and innovative technologies mean that the squeaky pleather you once knew, is now just a distant memory.
With a variety of fabrications to choose from—from recycled plastic bottles to cactus leather—these vegan-friendly and fashion-forward finds are just as luxurious (and buttery) as their non-vegan counterparts. Scroll to shop our favourites.
Brie Leon The Chloe
This 90s-inspired vegan leather bag will be your go-to thanks to its sculptural shape and great everyday size. With a detachable crossbody strap, magnetic closure, and brass hardware, it’s as practical as it is pretty. Shop it here.
Poppy Lissiman Crikey BB Bag
Sydney-based Poppy Lissiman is the queen of statement sunglasses, bags, and accessories—and this cute ying and yang top-handle bag is no exception. It's been making the rounds on Instagram and it could be yours, knowing that it's made with stacks of personality and faux leather too. Shop it here.
Witchery Lennon Basket Bag
Crafted from 10% Polyurethane and 90% Sea Grass, this bag is the perfect option for those looking for a vegan-friendly basket bag to add to their summer repertoire. Shop here.
Nanushka Jo Pleated Vegan Leather Bag
A chic and sophisticated update to your everyday tote, this buttery black vegan-leather bag will transform any outfit thanks to its artful pleated detail and unique design. Shop here.
JW PEI Gabbi Bag
An Instagram favourite, you’ve probably already seen this cute croissant style bag all over your feed. Designed from high-quality vegan leather, canvas, polyurethane, and certified fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles, if you’re looking for a trend-led and affordable pick, this is it. Shop here.
Matt & Nat Azur Tote Bag
Made from tan-hued vegan leather, this on-trend bucket bag is finished with an adjustable shoulder strap and features a matching clutch purse that can be worn separately or together. Shop here.
Alice In The Eve The Elle Croc Baguette Bag Black
With an adjustable shoulder strap, silver hardware, and textured faux-croc finish, this leather-look baguette bag will complete any 90s inspired ensemble. Shop it here.
A_C Darcy Daypack Cactus Leather
Handcrafted from soft pebbled desert cactus leather, 100% GOTS certified organic cotton inner and custom silver hardware, this is the backpack you’ve been waiting for. The bag also features extensive internal pockets for the ultimate organisation on-the-go. Shop it here.
Peta And Jain Liv Tote Bag
Large enough to fit a standard size laptop and with alternating long and short handles, this tote has been designed to be your daily go-to. It’s soft and supple pebbled vegan-leather outer and smooth suedette lining make it a joy to use. Shop here.
Frida Rome The Week/end Bag
Made from soft-to-the-touch cactus leather and luxury eco-suede, this fully deconstructable, lightweight, and multi-use bag is the perfect travel accessory. Also, did we mention it’s a Kickstarter project!? Shop here.
Urban Originals Flashback Hobo
With a spacious main compartment and easy access external zip pocket, this triangular slouch bag has been designed with everyday wear in mind. And a bonus? It’s cut from a soft, smooth vegan-leather so you don’t have to make any compromises. Shop here.
Country Road Folded Cross Body Bag
Made from faux-leather and 50% recycled polyester, this textured crossbody has been designed with a statement acetate chain and removable shoulder strap making it the perfect multi-purpose styling piece. Shop it here.
HVISK Casset Croco
If you’re looking for a laptop-friendly bag that doesn’t scream "work tote" then this Yves Klein blue beauty is our pick. Made from imitation croc and featuring a top zip closure to protect your belongings, this is the chicest work tote we’ve seen yet. Shop here.
Louenhide Alexis Weekender Bag
If you’ve been on the hunt for a vegan-friendly travel bag, then look no further. The perfect size for short adventures and crafted from faux-leather, this weekender is both smart and stylish. Shop here.
Stella McCartney Small Perforated Vegetarian Leather Shoulder Bag
If you're ready to drop some cash on something designer, you'll want to draw your attention towards Stella Mccartney's beautiful vegan bags. Crafted in Italy from McCartney's innovative "Alter Nappa" vegetarian leather, this small shoulder bag is the perfect size for housing your essentials. For ultimate flexibility switch up the straps, choosing from the statement logo design, or sleek top handle to transform your look. Shop here.
Tony Bianco Nicholas
Bring a pop of colour to your wardrobe with this fashion-forward mini bag. Perfect for a night out or making a statement, the soft faux-leather, and cute trend lend design make this bag a must-have. Shop here.
NA-KD Oversized Woven Handbag
With its practical oversized design and woven detail, this Swedish designed handbag will bring a touch of tailoring to your look. Made from a smooth faux-leather and featuring a zip-top closure this bag will be your new sidekick. Shop here.
Now that your bag is sorted, get your kicks in order with this edit of the coolest eco-friendly sneakers to drop in 2020.
Image credit: Poppy Lissiman Instagram, Brie Leon, Poppy Lissiman, Witchery, Net-A-Porter, JW Pei, The Iconic, General Pants, A_C Darcy, Peta and Jain, Frida Rome, Urban Originals, Country Road, HVISK, The Iconic, Net-A-Porter, The Iconic, ASOS
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