We know so much now about leather and it’s toxic effects on our planet -it’s impacts on health, abuse of child labour, and cruel treatment of animals.
But you still love the look of that leather bag? I hear you!
We did a round up of some of our favorite bags, all of which are vegan, earth friendly, and are made ethically. So you can still have that bag you love, and it doesn’t come packed full of misery.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Trusted Clothes is a 100% non-profit organization and we did not receive any compensation for recommending these brands – we just like that they are taking a stand and being a responsible corporate citizen.
MATT & NAT is a vegan line that has been designed in Montreal, Canada since 1995, with love. Their linings are always made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles.
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Deux Lux bags are glamorous (with pearl and crystal adorned clutches), edgy (featuring studded rock-inspired messengers), flirty (including colorful sequined totes), and ethical (in honor of their mascot, Dylan–a lovable chocolate lab– they use animal-friendly synthetics in their designs).
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GUNAS is an independent high fashion label with a cause! Started in 2008 by designer and animal lover, Sugandh G. Agrawal, GUNAS’s heart and soul screams to be the voice of animals. With an award winning design and business background, Sugandh quit her 7-year corporate career as an industrial designer at KitchenAid to start her own company of cruelty-free fashion in New York.
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Each bag is made in Italy by artisans who craft the best luxury accessories in the world. Every bag is a work of art, an individual creation designed for modern women. Bags are sewn by hand and the metalwork on Jill Milan’s bags is handmade. Entirely free of leather, fur, and other animal-derived materials, Jill Milan handbags and accessories are made from natural, luxurious materials such as velvet, ultrasuede, and buttery-soft faux leathers.
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At LaBante’s heart lies the ethos ‘FashionWithRespect’. The team works hard to research and source the best materials. It also ensures that all suppliers conform to the LaBante code, which stipulates manufacturing jewellery and handbags from ethically sourced materials in a humane manner.The brand’s unswerving attention to detail, on trend take on classic designs, and commercial fashion offering has created a place in the heart of style conscious women everywhere. LaBante produces the perfect accessory for the day at the office or evening out and is a PETA approved vegan brand.
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Hipsters for Sisters was founded by Debra Denniston and her two daughters, Rachel and Kate, in January 2012, in response to a lack of functional, hands-free bags that were also stylish and well-designed. The strictly made-in-L.A. brand has since become synonymous with innately wearable design, which combines classic style and versatility with a minimalist aesthetic.
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