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Vegan Leather Bags Are My New Obsession

They're stylish and sustainable.

Design by Morgan McMullen

The first step to creating a more sustainable society is supporting fashion labels that are committed to providing those very eco-conscious products every day. A great place to start is with vegan leather, a.k.a. faux leather, bags that look sophisticated and stylish—all while remaining safe, cruelty-free, and high-quality—for work, the weekend, and, of course, the 'gram. Shop our favorites, below.

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Best for Date Night
Mini Crossbody
Angela Roi

I can't say enough great things about Angela Roi. The NYC–based luxury handbag brand prioritizes ethical sourcing and attention to detail. Every time I wear the Grace mini crossbody, shown here, or the Hamilton crossbody I get so many compliments—for the color and the quality. 

Best for Every Day
Reversible Tote and Wristlet
Street Level Nordstrom

Upgrade your commuter tote with Street Level's reversible bag and matching wristlet. Come for the soft exterior, stay for the extra roomy interior that can fit your laptop and a pair of gym clothes.

Most Functional
Slouchy Backpack
Urban Originals

Give your shoulders a break with this yellow Urban Originals backpack. Or, turn it into a crossbody by clipping the straps on the front rings.

Best for Special Events
Envelope Shoulder Bag
Nanushka Net-a-Porter

Nanushka's nude envelope shoulder bag made out of vegan crocodile skin is the perfect companion for that wedding you have coming up. 

Best for the Weekend
Classic Backpack

Get back to the basics with Modaluxe's sleek leather backpack, also available in blush, that's lined with a pretty paisley pattern and equipped with plenty of pockets to store all of those...receipts.

Best for the 'Gram
Mini Circle Bag
Matt & Nat

Everybody should own at least one mini circle bag—especially when it comes in this gorgeous pistachio color from vegan fashion brand Matt & Nat. It doesn't look too shabby on the grid either!

Most Versatile
Shimmer Tote
Stella McCartney Nordstrom

Stella McCartney is one of the only luxury fashion brands that chose not to use real leather, skin, fur, or feathers from the start. This shimmery tote is casual enough for the office and just fancy enough for drinks straight after work.

Best for Vacations
The Weekender
Sole Society

Sole Society's oversized weekender will come in handy when you're heading out east for a few days. It's available in taupe, brown, burgundy, and black. 

Best for the City
White Tote Bag

Summer called, and it wants you to wear this vegan pebbled leather tote all season long. The best part? It has an exterior pocket to stash your phone, keys, credit card, and ID when you don't want to rummage through your bag.

Most Convenient
Fanny Pack

In case you haven't heard, fanny packs aren't just for mom anymore. Step up your belt bag game with this super affordable vegan leather ASOS pick, then call your mom and apologize for making fun of her all those years.


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