Vegan Purses: Carry-alls with Conscience
Eco-fashion is having a “moment.” Not just any kind of moment, but a big, fancy, grown-up kind of moment with words like “luxury” and “sophistication” attached to it. It’s about time! More than a few style-conscious consumers are willing to pay for quality materials and construction when they’re backed with an animal-free guarantee. If you’re one of them, these certifiably vegan-friendly handbags are worth the splurge.
This sweatshop-free, pure vegan brand offers chic options ranging from wallets to travel totes. Beyond the eye-catching styles and colors, each bag boasts an additional flourish—a stud, zipper, or tassel—that makes it extra-special. The one-year, free-repair policy is pretty awesome, too. www.gunasthebrand.com
Ann & Arayata
These hand-woven raffia handbags are proof that “natural” and “sophisticated” are not mutually exclusive concepts. Produced by local artisans in the Philippines using traditional looms and plant-based dyes, each clutch and purse offers function and fashion with an earthy touch. www.annandarayata.com
The woman behind this brand was the Paris Hilton of her day, but she’s made the leap from tabloid newspapers to ethical entrepreneurism, turning love of animals into a booming accessories business. Her dazzling collection of faux-leather totes and satchels is spot on for uptown girls with heart. www.corneliaguest.com
Haven’t pooled enough pennies for a luxe, non-leather bag? Head to Target to find stylish purses designed with the proletariat in mind. The big-box chain regularly features cruelty-free collections by famous names in fashion, and this bag, by New York label Kirna Zabete, is the latest trendy example. http://www.target.com