Invest in Ethical with These Sustainable, Vegan Bag Brands

It's in the bag.

A staple in every wardrobe, a good handbag is a key investment piece, often getting the most wear out of any sartorial item. As we as consumers are becoming more conscious of the way in which our purchases affect the world around us, it’s become more important to consider how our bags are made; from whether sustainable materials are used to how the workers making them are treated. Made using eco-friendly materials, in fair conditions, and without animal by-products, these are our 8 favourite ethical, sustainable, and vegan bag brands.

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1. Angela Roi

Simultaneously timeless and contemporary, Angela Roi works with skilled artisans – who are paid fair wages – to create luxury, leather-free vegan bags. Their crossbody bags, micro totes, and bucket bags boast clean silhouettes, structured compartments, and a pebbled, leather-like finish. 

Ethical considerations: cruelty-free, vegan, ethically made, eco-friendly when possible

2. Crumpler

Australian label Crumpler has been exploring new methods of conscious innovation, recently launching a ‘veggie leather’ collection. Crumpler’s new Elemental range is crafted with 100% recycled polyester EcoyaTM Fibre. The five-piece collection features guilt-free iterations of their popular minimalist styles; Sprout Backpack, Kernel and Clove Cross Body Bag, Bean Messenger Bag, and Tater Tote Bag.

Ethical considerations: cruelty-free, vegan, ethically made, eco-friendly

3. Pixie Mood

Fun and vibrant, Canada-based label Pixie Mood creates quirky, colourful bags that are sure to make you stand out from the crowd. Affordable and stylish, Pixie Mood’s bags are made from vegan leather by workers who are paid fair wages. 

Ethical considerations: cruelty-free, vegan, ethically made

4. Alexandra K

Proving style and luxury don’t need to come at the expense of ethics and sustainability, Alexandra K creates vegan bags from organic, environmentally safe fabrics. Made in Poland, their modern designs utilise innovative plant-based fabrics like apple, pineapple, and corn leather, with sleek gold hardware. 

Ethical considerations: cruelty-free, vegan, ethically made, eco-friendly

5. Urban Status

Newly launched Australian label Urban Status derives its inspiration from street style, creating handbags with edgy yet functional silhouettes in bold colours. Urban Status pieces are made from cruelty-free, vegan materials, under fair working conditions. 

Ethical considerations: cruelty-free, vegan, ethically made

6. Matt and Nat

Montreal-based label Matt & Nat has been at the forefront of the vegan bag and fashion space for decades. Their handbags are crafted from vegan leather, recycled plastic, cork, and rubber, and come in a wide array of styles; from bucket and crossbody bags to satchels and totes. 

Ethical considerations: cruelty-free, vegan, ethically made, eco-friendly when possible

7. House of Sunny

The first – and currently only – handbag offering from cult-label House of Sunny, the vegan ‘icon’ bag is a must-have addition to your collection. The London-based brand creates animal-free, vegan-friendly clothing, and have recently started using 100% biodegradable materials.

Ethical considerations: cruelty-free, vegan, ethically made, eco-friendly when possible

8. JW Pei

Founded on the basis that fashion should be elegant and accessible, without compromising on sustainability and ethics, Los Angeles brand JW Pei creates chic, minimalist designs from vegan leather, high-quality canvas, and recycled plastic bottles. From croc-leather style crossbody bags and instagram it girl-approved shoulder bags to streamlined belt bags and totes, JW Pei has a vegan bag for every taste. 

Ethical considerations: cruelty-free, vegan, ethically made, eco-friendly when possible

9. Prene Bags

Australian label Prene Bags utilises neoprene to create chic yet functional handbags for women. Lightweight and – best of all – machine washable, Prene Bags come in sleek silhouettes; think tote bags, streamlined baby bags, minimalist backpacks, and mini crossbody bags. 

Ethical considerations: cruelty-free, vegan, ethically made

10. Ahimsa Collective

Luxury ethical Australian label Ahimsa Collective is spearheading the sustainable, vegan bag movement, with their use of innovative, eco-friendly materials like pineapple-derived Piñatex, washable paper, and deadstock (leftover materials from the fashion industry). Ahimsa Collective is best for stylish crossbody bags, backpacks, clutches, and totes.

Ethical considerations: cruelty-free, vegan, ethically made, eco-friendly


Words by AR Staff