Faux leather bags are becoming more popular as the demand for stylish cruelty-free products increases. According to Grand View Research, the market for faux leather is steadily rising.
“The global synthetic leather market size was valued at USD 25.61 billion in 2017 projected to expand at a CAGR of 7.4% during the estimated period.”
When you support innovative fashion brands committed to providing consumers with eco-conscious products such as faux leather bags you are not only saving animals but the environment, too. The following purses include a variety of styles that are perfect for work, a night out, a weekend away or to simply run errands around town. The one thing these sophisticated faux leather items have in common is they are all made with animal-free leather alternatives. There is a vegan bag to suit every mood, style and wish list. I have either owned many of these purses or dream of owning them one day because they come so highly recommended by like-minded friends and family.
Jeane & Jax is a Canadian vegan brand using ethically sourced materials in their luxury handbags and wallets. They are PETA approved and fully committed to social responsibility by ensuring all employees have a safe, healthy and equitable work environment. This cruelty-free and ethical fashion brand is inspired by the multicultural and artistic vibe of Montreal, the largest city in Quebec. The unisex and roomy Alex Classic Weekend Bag is perfect for a weekend away and comes in chestnut, charcoal or black. The vegan leather chestnut bag is topped with antique gold hardware. The interior includes pockets, a phone pouch and card slots. For a night on the town check out their sleek black Izzy Crossbody Clutch Bag from the 2019 fall collection.
Angelo Rio is a no-sacrifice fashion brand offering ethical styles made with the finest non-animal materials and all constructed by hand. Employees earn fair wages in clean factories where their high-end bags are created. Products reflect timeless elegance and Angelo Rio is constantly exploring new ethical and environmental ways to improve their brand. Grace Mini Cross Body is a pebbled texture with silver toned hardware, zipped compartments and a detachable strap. Choose between Ash Rose, Light Nude Blue, Deep Olive, Light Mud Gray or Black to match your favorite outfit.
For the perfect blend of functionality and style check out GUNAS New York, an independent high-fashion label created by an animal lover. What began as a made in NYC label has grown internationally with small-scale ethical manufacturers around the world in such places at India and Brazil. The bright red classy Cottontail PE is perfect for all your holiday parties. The brand name alludes to the near extinction of New England cotton tail rabbit that became the main character in the famous children’s books. The PETA approved purse lining is made from recycled plastic bottles and the 18K gold plating is from recycled metal hardware.
This ethical vegan brand is based in Jaffa, Israel and believes fashion can and should be cruelty-free. Lee Coren sources sustainable materials from local independent vendors and all items are sweatshop-free and PETA approved. They use a variety of fabrics such as raw cotton, up-cycled polyester and faux suede. Purses and printed textiles are made in Israel with some fabrics imported from Italy and insist all products are made with integrity. The Confetti Travel Clutch created with microfiber faux suede is the perfect accessory for a holiday party or New Years Eve bash.
Fannypacks made their comeback a while ago, but how about a vegan fannypack that converts into a cross body? The Flo Waist Bag from Pixie Mode is a trendy and functional purse perfect for a stylish saunter through town. This compact fannypack in cognac has a detachable strap with zip and slip compartments for cards and small items. Pixie Mode is committed to delivering the most socially responsible items using eco-friendly materials that won’t the earth or harm animals.
Another PETA approved vegan Canadian brand creating stylish purses is Nella Bella. Located in Toronto’s fashion district they utilize vegan fabrics to create trend setting and high quality collections such as their popular London Nu bag in a soft and sleek pebble black. This multi-functional handbag is their best seller possibly because there are actually two purses in one and has multiple functions. It can be used as a clutch, messenger, cosmetic pouch or purse because the cross body strap, handle and chain are all detachable. Use the larger purse during the day and at night transfer to the smaller one for dinner or dancing.
Eve Cork products are created with premium cork material harvested from the bark of cork oak trees from family-owned farms in Portugal. Miraculously, harvesting the bark from oak trees every nine to ten years helps trees grow and live longer and actually results in cleaner air because trees are able to absorb more carbon dioxide and support bark regeneration. This cruelty-free vegan brand uses organic cotton for liners and all-natural vegetable dyes. The Olivia Natural Cork is handmade with exceptional cork fabric in Portugal. It’s roomy enough to pack a book or snacks if you are heading out for the day and can be worn multiple ways due to the removable and adjustable cross-body strap. This light, soft and durable handbag is waterproof and topped with high quality Italian hardware.
Hozen bags are ethically created in Los Angeles at a fair-wage factory and come with a photo of the individual person that crafted the bag. Their cruelty-free, vegan and eco-friendly products use pineapple leaf fibers called Piñatex in addition to recycled materials such as plastic zippers, organic cotton and natural rubber rope. The Drawstring Bucket in Roseate is a modern classic yet still trendy and fashionable with a circular shape and gold hardware. Hozen believes in giving back and 10 percent of profits are donated to Mercy For Animals, an animal rights organization working tirelessly to stop animal exploitation around the world.