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. Gunas 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 Cornelia Guest 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.comTarget 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
Wallets that Fit the (Vegan) Bill
Generally speaking, wallets aren’t known for their sex appeal, and maybe that’s smart design; make something less flashy and eye-catching, and the less probable it is that a thief will yank it out of your hand at the ATM. Pushing paranoia aside, I embarked on a quest for something to secure my cash that’s stylish, functional, leather-free, and well-made. Happily, I found a handful of money-holders that fit the bill(s). These designs are cruelty-free, gender non-specific, and don’t require you to empty the wallet you currently carry to pay for your new one.