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By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
After carrying straw totes around all season, it’s time to go back to work or school, and that can only mean one thing: new bags!
If you don’t already have a much-loved backpack or briefcase that you take to the office, we’ve found a bunch of vegan briefcase brands that are not only cruelty-free and stylish, but also ultra-practical, too: they’re able to fit in laptops, phones, notebooks, pens and any other essentials you’ll be needing from 9 to 5.
Vegan Briefcase Brands You’ll Be Proud To Take To Work
1. Sans Beast
This Australian accessories label was founded by long time vegetarian Cathryn Wills who wanted to create a brand that would avoid the use of any animal products. The result is a range of unisex bags constructed from eco-PU and other noble materials. Our pick for work is the Noir Pebble Dossier Tote, whose innovative style works both as a backpack and a tote.
Frustrated with the lack of animal friendly accessories for the workplace,Theresa Jentzsch launched a high-end vegan fashion label in Amsterdam: Osier. Her first capsule collection includes four bags, ranging from wallet to backpack, made from Italian materials and crafted by hand in a small factory in the heart of Bucharest. This PETA certified, slow-fashion startup coalesces eco-consciousness with quality, and their New-West backpack particularly offers style and practicality for the workplace.
If you really want to make a statement that screams not only ‘prestige’ but also ‘vegan’ at work, look no further than a Stella McCartney Falabella Backpack. Big enough for all your essentials, it’s an eternally stylish piece that’s easy to wear any season.
If you’re looking for something with a feminine touch to take to work, look no further! This PU based bag comes with multiple carrying options – use it as a shoulder bag, wear it crossbody, or just carry it. We love the removable bow decoration, and vintage gold-tone metal hardware, too.
5. Boita Bags
The Boita Bag co. crafts deluxe, modern eco-conscious bags manufactured to the highest ethical standards without sacrificing style, function or durability. Every bag is vegan-friendly, recycles 15 plastic bottles – helping keep oceans and landfills cleaner – and prevents 22 balloons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, returning 234 bottles of clean filtered water back into the ecosystem. Plus, they look stylish and professional for both men and women to carry to work.
6. Bag Affair
Bag Affair is a feminist eco-brand for working women. Their large Cork Bag will make heads turn for the exquisitely sustainable materials used, its minimalist design and the smartly organised interior that can fit a 17-inch laptop, folders, notebooks and more. Additionally, the various external and internal pockets with card and key holders will allow you to keep every personal item neatly assembled.
7. Matt & Nat
When it comes to vegan briefcase brands, nobody does it better than Matt & Nat! The popular label, which is committed to upcycling materials and being cruelty-free, has distinguished itself for their elegant, timeless, and often unisex designs. My pick is the David Chili style from their Vintage collection – a piece that will look good and last for a lifetime.
Doshi offers modern vegan briefcases, bags, backpacks, belts and accessories for the urban professional. The brand was created out of the belief that fashion lovers shouldn’t have to give up quality and style to be friends to the environment, and their unisex briefcases is a great illustration of this.
The Philadelphia-based luxury start-up recently launched a cruelty-free, ethically-made briefcase that received rave reviews rom ABC, Fox, CBS, and other mainstream publications. Their vegan case has the look of the traditional briefcases that our fathers used to go to work with, but since times have changed, young girls will probably want one of these stylish pieces too!
10. Setton Brothers
Made from exquisite workmanship, every inch was designed by Setton Brothers to give you the most functional yet fashionable briefcase around. Keep your computer inside the padded bag and you’ll never have to worry about dirt, scratches or smudges damaging your laptop again. The unisex style also comes in a variety of colours.
Main image: Matt and Nat