15+ Vegan Leather Bags

There are several advantages to using vegan leather bags. First, vegan leather is better for the environment.

Second, vegan leather is beneficial to animals. If you buy a bag made of faux leather, you are eliminating the usage of real animal skins while also ensuring that no animals were hurt in its production.

Third, by selecting vegan leather, you are also avoiding exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals used in its manufacture.

Finally, vegan leather bags are beneficial to the spirit. Many individuals become vegans in order to avoid contributing to animal cruelty. Owning vegan accessories is a simple way to demonstrate your strong principles without being demanding.

As discussed in our articles on sustainable clothing brands and vegan clothing brands, traditional leather also requires vast amounts of physical land, water consumption, and fossil fuels.

Processing animal leather also requires petroleum based fossil-fuels and dangerous chemicals, including mineral salts, formaldehyde, coal-tar derivatives, and cyanide-derived oils and dyes. People who work in or live near leather processing facilities often develop cancer caused by exposure to toxic chemicals used to process the leather.

Faux leather has emerged over the past decades as a cruelty-free, sustainable and environmentally conscious response to animal-based leather. The worldwide faux leather market is eventually forecast to reach $45 billion by 2025.

We’ve scoured the internets to bring you a diverse selection of vegan styles for backpack, bag, crossbody bag, handbag, tote, duffel, purse and other accessories. In our recommendations we also focus on biodegradable, non-toxic materials and aim to avoid synthetic chemicals like polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, was the first widely-used leather alternative. However, Greenpeace describes PVC as the “single most environmentally damaging of all plastics”. Through its entire lifespan, PVC releases toxic fumes including phthalates, dioxins (linked by the WHO to reproductive and developmental problems and cancer) and BPA.

Vegan leather handbag

Australia-based Urban Originals strives to make the best environmentally and ethically responsible vegan leather bag, shoulder bag and other accessories. In addition to being 100% cruelty-free, the company uses recycled plastic and other components wherever possible, and avoids the use of toxic chemicals.

Your purchases also help vulnerable people, as Urban Originals donate 10% of profits to organizations that advocate for human rights.

We like Urban Originals’ classic style, like the ornate braided vegan leather straps featured on their handbag design.

Based in Spain, Maravillas creates vegan handbags from Pinatex and walnut veneer. Their style is sheik, sleek, and artistically cutting-edge.

They offer an array of faux leather bags, clutches, purses, backpacks, crossbody, hobo and shoulder bags.

We love Maravillas vibrant tapestry of colors and woven decoration featured on their handbags, purses and wallets.

Australia-based Velvety makes cruelty-free bags using fair trade labor practices and sustainable production. Their bags and accessories are made from recycled and organic materials such as cork, leaves, and Pinatex faux-leather.

Based in Seoul, Korea, Gunas vegan bags and shoes include a wide array of styles, from handbags, totes, satchels, cross-body bags, wallets to backpacks.

Gunas upholds fair trade labor practices in their production facility, focusing on small batch, “slow fashion” creation process. They also made the conscious decision to locate their warehouse in Korea after witnessing the terrible conditions for workers in China.

Their bags are made from materials like microfiber upholstery fabrics, recycled plastic bottles and cardboard. Even though the company recycles discarded plastics to create their products, they are working to move completely away from plastic. They have developed a material called MULBTEX, made from the Mulberry plant leaf pulp.

Luckynelly’s luxurious, bespoke vegan handbags are like snowflakes – no two bag styles are alike. Their products are made from cork fabrics, sewable wood, Piñatex and apple skin.

The “Vegan and Sustain” handbag is made entirely of sewable wood – it is truly a marvel to behold.

Montreal-based Jeane & Jax specializes in luxury products similar to Stella McCartney and Matt & Nat. Their products are sustainably produced and do not contain any any toxic metals or chemicals.

The company is also 100% women-owned. A Jeane & Jax vegan leather bag is made from polyurethane microfiber pores to ensure the material is flexible, pliant and resembles real leather as much as possible. The vegan bag is also water resistant which gives them durability and longevity.

HFS makes a range of vegan bags, crossbody bag, shoulder bag and wallets using eco-friendly, sustainable materials like recycled polyester and plastic bottles. Their products are Oeko Tex Standard 100 certified, meaning HFS fabrics are free from toxic chemicals, dyes, and metals.

Freya Vegan Leather Bags

New York based Freya epitomes the age old adage “less is more”. The company designs custom, made-to-order vegan leather products in a small batch manufacturing facility.

Freja bags are made at extremely low volume to ensure there is no excess materials or waste. The bags are made from Ultrafiber, which is a fabric created by layering resin over microfiber. Ultrafiber is biodegradable and lasts significantly longer than PVC and PU-based materials. It’s designed to have a lifespan of ten years (five times longer than PVC and PU products).

Freja’s focus on timeless design keeps them at the forefront of sustainable, eco-friendly vegan fashion.

Based in Poland, Alexandra K specializes in vegan and environmentally-friendly handbags and accessories. Their vegan leather bags are made some a variety of sustainable, organic materials like apple, pineapple, and corn leather.

The company is PETA-Approved and won the coveted Vegan Fashion Award for the Best Women’s handbag in Germany and the UK in 2012 and 2018.

Vegan leather backpacks

You’ll need to know a touch of German to navigate the Eve and Adis brand website, but it’s well worth the Duolingo download.

Based in Germany, Eve and Adis has a wide selection of vegan leather backpacks and bags. Several of their bag styles incorporate the use the marvelous faux leather Pinatex, derived from processing pineapple leaf into a durable, long lasting material. They also make a line of based using cork.

I love their everyday bag styles, like the foldover backpack. The design is causal and functional, while still being stylish. Their vegan products are hand-crafted and elevate sustainable materials, plastic-free shipping packaging, resource conservation and reduction of CO2 emissions.

California-based Doshi specializes in vegan leather bags, belts, handbags, purse and wallets.

Doshi states on its website: “We hope that when you buy our products, you’ll use them often so that what we take from the environment is used to its fullest. When you’re done with our products, please donate them so that others may put them to good use…”