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Top 13 Best Vegan Designer Bags EVER (2021)

Best vegan designer bags

Right now, there are thousands  of vegan designer bags on the market.

However, which  brand can you trust, and what style is for you?

In this article, I’ll help you decide, whether you’re looking for a vegan designer bag or a luxury one.

I’ll share with you the top vegan designer bags right now, and why customers love them.

I have curated these bags according to the season – spring, summer, winter, and for the activity type, such as gym, beach, work, and even dinner date.

Finally, all designer bags, handbags, purses, and totes on this list are made from cruelty-free or organic materials such as apple leather, pineapple leaves, mushroom, and cork.

Animal Leather Vs Vegan Handbags

Traditional leather handbags – the kind made from animals – have always been a staple of the fashion world.

But the world is changing as a variety of new and established brands have begun producing vegan leather or faux leather bags.

Above all, the makers of vegan handbags are innovators at the core.

Creators of materials made from recycled plastic bottles, fishing nets, fruit skins, mushrooms, cactuses, and tree bark these designers create vegan bags that are sturdy, sustainable, and above all, stylish.

Not too long ago, vegan bags were seen as ‘crunchy’, tacky and polluting.

Nowadays, they’re just as chic as anything produced by the most exclusive ‘designer’ brands.

And what’s more, these bags act as a badge of honor as finally, you can “wear your ethics on your sleeve”!

And it turns out, what’s right for the animals and the planet is also good for your pocket.

In this article, you’ll find vegan designer bags from leather alternatives at better prices than their animal leather counterparts.

You can also reduce your impact further by shopping for a second-hand luxury vegan handbag at one of our favorite online thrift stores here.

We’ve identified the best vegan and faux leather designer handbags (and purses) you can buy right now.

What Is Vegan Leather?

Vegan leather is a catch-all term for materials that replace animal leather and are cruelty-free.

Vegan leather is made from various materials such as wood, cork, rubber, barkcloth, apple, pineapple, and glazed cotton.

Moreover, we see more eco-friendly alternative options becoming available as the vegan fashion market grows and evolves.

However, two of the most common types of vegan leather are produced with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyurethane (PU).

This is where the term “vegan leather” becomes a bit problematic.

Sure, PVC and PU are not animal products.

That’s the good part.

But, the bad part is that PVC is manufactured with toxic chemicals that cannot be recycled.

So we recommend that you avoid any handbags made with PVC.

There have been concerns over the last few years about PVC because of production challenges and because they release dioxins, potentially hazardous chemicals if burnt,” said Andrew Dent, the Vice President of Library and Research Materials at Material ConneXion.

A better synthetic alternative, while not perfect, is PU, which is less environmentally harmful and can be recycled.

Finally, vegan leather bags are getting the recognition they deserve in the world of fashion.

Compared to animal leather bags – which required the sacrifice of an animal to produce – vegan leather bags are cruelty-free alternatives that keep you looking good while doing good.

Moreover, thanks to recent material developments, there are more environmentally-friendly vegan leather alternatives, such as mushroom leather, and kelp leather now than ever before.

Best Vegan Designer Bags Of 2021

Without further ado…these the top 26 best vegan handbags brands, for every budget, now in 2021.

Thoroughbred Chocolate Travel Bag

£503

WHY WE LOVE IT

The ‘Thoroughbred’ chocolate travel bag by Jill Milan is both elegant and timeless. Hand-crafted from premium Italian vegan leather, the bag is adorned with a handmade horse head and brass crafted by an Italian artisan. Part of Jill Milan’s ‘Travel & Business’ collection, the Thoroughbred bag is spacious enough for an overnight trip

  • Made in Italy
  • Artisanal
  • Limited edition
  • Vegan

Falabella Mini Tote Bag

£621

WHY WE LOVE IT

Made with sustainability in mind, Stella McCartney’s signature ‘Falabella’ mini tote bag features a diamond-cut chain and logo disc.

  • Made in Italy
  • Eco-friendly
  • Vegan

Rotunda Bag

£157
Lilac
Black

WHY WE LOVE IT

‘Rotunda’ bag is named after the famous United States Capitol, Washington, Guggenheim museum and the Pantheon in Rome; all of which are round domed structures. This type of architecture represents the “authority of nature and power of reason”. Rotunda bag is the Gunas’ symbol of important issues of our times such as Women’s Rights, Equality for all and Animal rights.

  • Handmade in South Korea
  • Artisanal
  • Eco-friendly
  • Vegan

* Free worldwide shipping

Iris Bag

£285

WHY WE LOVE IT

Iris is Mashu’s mini squared wavy bag that comes with that label’s signature thin Greek-inspired column handle in Brass plated Gold. Iris is elegant, playful and the perfect accessory for a night out.

  • Handcrafted in Greece
  • Artisanal
  • Limited edition
  • Eco-friendly
  • Vegan

Monica Pencil Clutch

£157

WHY WE LOVE IT

Inspired by the 90s severe adoration for all things F•R•I•E•N•D•S, Ahimsa Collective brings you the Monica Pencil Clutch. As the ultimate wing-woman, she is more secure and functional than she appears with two roomy compartments and an additional slot for your mobile.

The clutch bag is hand-crafted using ‘Desserto’ cactus leather outer with 100% GOTS certified organic cotton inner and custom A_C hardware and chain. Pair it with your favourite denim and heeled boots or sling over your shoulder on a night out.

  • Handmade in Australia
  • Eco-friendly
  • Vegan

* Free worldwide shipping

Basic Monik Bag

£377

WHY WE LOVE IT

The Adelaide Carta Basic Monik is designed to be multifunctional, having the most active women in mind. The bag can be used as a clutch, shoulder bag, handbag, fanny pack, and even as a wallet!

The modular design makes this bag a great match for long journeys on casual outfits when you require a comfortable and versatile bag, and for casual-chic outfits, on your daily commute to the office and back.

  • Handmade in Italy
  • Artisanal
  • Eco-friendly
  • Vegan-friendly

Zuccarata Handbag

£215

WHY WE LOVE IT

Part of the Euphoria collection, the Zuccarata handbag is crafted with motives inspired by the impressionism art movement of the 18th century.

Kweder Zuccarata’s unique pattern depicts the metaphorical Policromo Isolano. The bag’s chiaroscuro effects and a vivid polychromy feature Sicilian pieces of decorative art, mirroring a rich mosaic of Arab, Byzantine, Norman and Swabian culture.

Zuccarata handbag’s exclusive, original and timeless design is a perfect fit for every outfit. The bag can be carried in hand or over the shoulder using the detachable shoulder strap.

  • Made in Italy
  • Limited edition
  • Artisan-made
  • Eco-friendly
  • Vegan

* Free delivery worldwide

Mini Dada One Black Handbag

£516

WHY WE LOVE IT

Made of vegan fabrics, ‘Mini Dada One’ black handbag conforms to Adelaide C’s commitment to animal welfare. All materials and craft are 100% of Italian origin. The bag comes with a vegan certificate (Peta) as all fabrics used are entirely vegan-friendly. Also, the small metal parts are coated with anti-wear protection.

  • Made in Italy
  • Artisan-made
  • Eco-friendly
  • Vegan

Miley Bag

£197

WHY WE LOVE IT

Named after the animal rights activist, Miley Cyrus, the Miley bag is Gunas must-have work bag. Crafted from premium vegan leather, the bag’s sturdy structure can bear the weight of your laptop, other electronics, and files with ease. Use it daily for work or travel. The back features an extra slip sleeve to slide the bag conveniently over your carry on bag for convenience and staying hassle-free during travel.

  • Made in South Korea
  • Artisanal
  • Eco-friendly
  • Vegan

* Free worldwide shipping

Ducitta Bag

£217

WHY WE LOVE IT

Ducitta is a very versatile vegan leather bag with Kweder’s superbly embellished floral decorations. The bag is made from microfibre so it is vegan-friendly and super polished. Moreover, the bag is very practical thanks to its handles and detachable shoulder strap.

  • Made in Italy
  • Limited edition
  • Artisanal
  • Vegan

* Free delivery worldwide

Peta Cactus Leather Pouch

£129

WHY WE LOVE IT

Sleek and chic, this crossbody ‘Peta’ pouch is hand-crafted from eco-friendly and vegan ‘Desserto’ cactus leather by Ahimsa Collective. Compact but spacious, the Peta pouch comes with internal card slots for credit and ID cards and an internal slip pocket to store valuables securely. With custom A_C Hardware and Chain, the Peta pouch is oozing practicality with bold and shiny hardware, simplicity, and sophistication.  An absolute classic that will never go out of style.

  • Made in Australia
  • Artisanal
  • Eco-friendly
  • Vegan

* Free worldwide shipping

Scarabaeus Set Handbag

£711
Taupe
Black
White

WHY WE LOVE IT

Designed in Switzerland and crafted in Italy, Happy Genie blends innovation with mindful design to create luxurious bags from a plant-based leather-alternative extracted from apple: a glimpse of the future!

With a modular design, the handbags can be further customised thanks to its four magnets on the front, allowing you to construct your own unique version of the bag. The Scarabaeus clutch is added to make this luxury handbag one of a kind, with floral prints, metal components with palladium-finish, and silver-coloured happy genie icon hot stamped on the back.

  • Handmade in Italy
  • Artisan-made
  • Eco-friendly
  • Vegan

Jordaan Maroon Bag

£277

WHY WE LOVE IT

Inspired by the cross-grain finish of the original Panama diary, the maroon ‘Jordaan’ messenger bag is compact and yet surprisingly spacious. Perfect for busy days in the city or casual weekends thanks to the sleek inserts and lined pockets to ensures your essentials are kept safe.

The choice for the chain detail, embossed logo lettering for a signature touch, and boxy feature stay true roots to Osier’s design-driven edge and let you make a powerful statement!

  • Artisan-made
  • Eco-friendly
  • Vegan

Best Vegan Designer Bags – Verdict?

All handbags in this article are best in their own category and according to what you need one for.

But, most important is that all bags here are ethically made, sustainable, from vegan leather with love for animals and the planet.

It is our personal responsibility to be compassionate and conscious when it comes to considering our fashion choices.

Moreover, seeing these amazing vegan designer bags, it is clear that you do not have to compromise your style in the name of ethical and sustainable fashion.

As more brands respond to consumers’ demand for eco-friendly and sustainable bags, it is your turn to contribute by choosing cruelty-free and vegan bags, whenever possible.

Time to shop guilt-free, safe in the knowledge you are helping rather than destroying the environment.

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