Until recently, investing in good quality handbags has meant buying leather bags. Not anymore – there’s now a great variety of ethical handbags made from innovative vegan leathers. During lock-down, I spent a lot of time researching the amazing selection of ethical handbags we have at our fingertips. This blog post will showcase my favorite ethical handbag brands.
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Ahimsa Collective: Halfmoon Mini – Granite
From the moment I found this bag, I knew it was ‘the one’ for 3 reasons. Firstly because the company chose to align themselves with ahimsa, which clearly is a concept I love. Secondly, it’s made from Piñatex, which is my favorite type of vegan leather. Thirdly, I wanted a bag with a shorter strap, because I’m petite and prefer to avoid having my handbag bouncing around my legs when I walk.
I couldn’t be happier with my purchase. My first impression when I opened the box was how sparkly the hardware was! The detachable straps make it super versatile. It can be worn as a clutch, shoulder bag and cross-body.
Ahimsa Collective is proving that luxury and sustainability are compatible. I think they’re the best option for fair trade handbags in Australia. Their bags are not just environmentally friendly – they’re actually beneficial to the environment! This is because of the ethical and sustainable materials they use. You can learn more about Ahimsa Collective’s materials here.
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JW PEI: Mini Flap Bag – Brown Croc
If you google ‘ethical handbags’ you’ll soon find JW PEI. Their eco fashion handbags are extremely successful, with their bags being sighted all over New York Fashion Week. They’re loved by VOGUE, Glamour and Refinery29.
They have an impressive range of ethical handbags that come in beautiful colors and designs. My personal favorite bag of is the Mini Flap Bag in Brown Croc (pictured above). It’s made with vegan leather and 100% recycled plastic lining.
The company’s values are affordability, sustainability and accessibility. They use high quality canvas, vegan leather, and certified fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. Their price range is between $30-$100, and they offer free shipping over $59. Speaking of the price, I have a 15% discount for you to make the deal even sweeter.
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Matt & Nat: Monkland – Matcha
Matt & Nat are a Canadian vegan lifestyle brand that craft beautiful ethical handbags, ethical vegan purses, footwear and most recently, outerwear.
My personal favorite, the Monkland bag in Matcha has an adjustable strap so you can wear it as a shoulder bag, and as a cross-body. The main compartment is super roomy, and the bag’s lining is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. In fact, all of their bags have this lining, which recycles around 120,000 plastic bottles each year.
Over the years, Matt & Nat’s bags have attracted a star studded customer base like Natalie Portman, Fearne Cotton, Olivia Wilde, Charlize Theron, Rory Freidman, Emily Deschanel, Tobey Maguire and Adrian Grenier.
Interested? Check out their handbag collection here.
Angela Roi: Cher Mini Signet in Nude Pink
Angela Roi is a luxury ethical handbag fashion brand from New York. It’s a go to if you’re looking for eco designer bags. Their premium quality and craftsmanship have won them fans in the fashion industry itself. They offer high-fashion styles that allow fashionistas to express themselves without compromising on their values.
One of the things I love most about Angela Roi is their transparency. They have an extensive gallery of videos that details their supply chain. They pioneered #HowMyBagIsMade to promote increased awareness around what goes into the products we buy. You can watch their videos here.
My personal favorite, the Cher Mini Signet in Nude Pink is made from beautiful pebble textured vegan leather. This nude pink is gorgeous, giving a pop of color that goes with basically everything. The size is perfect for petite girls, but it’s still very functional – you can fit a 12-inch Macbook in it!
Check out Angela Roi’s collection on Petit Vour here.
Doshi FCSA: Lady Bag 2
Doshi FCSA (Fine Clothes Shoes and Accessories) is a vegan leather accessories brand from Southern California. They aim to meet the needs of eco-conscious fashionistas and professionals who boycott leather. Their belt bags are pretty awesome too.
They design their bags to be both practical and durable. Their ethos is based on the principle of creating beautiful products that are long lasting, but also disappear back into earth at the end of their lifespan. They are also socially conscious and regularly visit the factories where their products are manufactured. This is to make sure that the workers are being treated fairly and the environment is not being harmed in any way.
My personal favorite is the Lady Bag 2, (pictured above) which comes in 5 different colors. It’s the second version of their statement handbag. It was revised to have taller feet and their stainless steel logo. It’s made with high quality microfiber vegan leather outer, and microfibre vegan suede lining. It features a detachable crossbody strap, 3 pockets and a keyhook strap.
Check it out here.
Milla & Me: Small Tribal Crossbody
Milla & Me is a beautiful Etsy shop run by Jen, a stay at home Mom in Washington. Jen’s earth friendly handbags have awarded her almost 700 sales!
My personal favorite is her Small Crossbody Bag in Aztec Print, which is the perfect size to comfortably carry all your essentials. Jen uses premium outdoor fabric and vegan leather to make her bags. The vegan leather strap is detachable for added functionality.
Check out Milla & Me’s collection on Etsy here.
Malia Designs: Ikat Round Crossbody in Stone
Malia Designs is a fantastic company to support because it fights human trafficking in Cambodia. Their fair trade products empower disadvantaged Cambodians by employing them. Their workers are primarily at-risk women and the disabled. They source their materials locally in Cambodia and frequently use recycled materials.
My personal favorite is their Ikat Round Crossbody in Stone (pictured above). It’s made with traditional handwoven fabric and organic cotton canvas. It has an adjustable strap, sturdy zip and is roomy enough to store all your essentials. It also comes in a beautiful navy color way. Check it out here.
Check out Malia Design’s full collection here.
ANDI: The ANDI Small in Black Leopard
Okay, I admit I am cheating a little bit on this last one. It’s not a handbag, it’s a tote. However, I wanted to let you know about the ANDI brand because what they offer is pretty awesome. ANDI was founded by Andi, who couldn’t find a bag on the market that met her needs for functionality and durability, while still being lightweight.
She wanted a bag that looked great, felt just right and did no harm. Her bags are amazing because they’re vegan, fair trade, machine washable, odor and water resistant, lightweight and made with recycled materials.
My personal favorite is the ANDI Small, which comes in 13 different color ways. It’s virtually weightless with comfortable non-slip shoulder grips. It transforms from tote to crossbody and into a backpack. It also comfortably fits a large wallet, book, tablet, scarf and a pair of shoes or lunch.
Thanks for reading! I hope one of these ethical handbags is perfect for you. Let me know in the comments what your favorite bag is, I’d love to hear from you!
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