These vegan briefcase brands are just what you need to make an impression at work!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
After carrying canvas totes and straw bucket bags around the beach all season, it’s time to go back to work or school. And that can only mean one thing – we’ve got to dig out our vegan briefcases and bags! Ok, unless you work at home, of course. But let’s face it: even those of us who spend time at the home office than corporate HQ will, at some point, have to go to a face-to-face meeting or two.
The truth is, the briefcase is, for the moment, being replaced in favour of other styles. Sure, they’re still ideal if you work in one of the more traditional professions like law or engineering, for example. But in most other fields, carrying a backpack or tote looks just as polished.
All you really need is something large enough to fit in laptops, phones, notebooks, pens and any other essentials you’ll be using from 9 to 5. It should have compartments to better organise your stuff, be super-sturdy, and easy to keep clean.
Here, I’ve found some vegan briefcase brands that I think fit the bill! They tick all the boxes mentioned above, but come in a variety of styles and colours to ensure there’s something for everybody.
Vegan Briefcase Brands You’ll Be Proud To Take To Work
1. Sans Beast
This Australian vegan accessories label was founded by long time vegan Cathryn Wills. She wanted to create a stylish yet practical brand that would avoid the use of any animal products.
The result is a range of chic unisex totes, backpacks and crossbody bags constructed from eco-PU and other noble materials. Our picks for work are the Classic Gadget Bag, below, which features exterior pockets for your phone, and the he Liaison Backpack, pictured above, which features alligator-textured vegan leather and a super-convenient exterior pocket.
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 included 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. They’ve recently started using one of our favourite materials to create their accessories: apple leather! Their New-West backpack, below, particularly offers style and practicality for the workplace, and we love their vegan leather laptop sleeves, too.
If you’re looking for a vegan briefcase brand with a feminine touch to take to work, look no further! This PU-leather 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. These are truly unique vegan briefcases that are a bit more lighthearted than the average. And the best part? They’re all priced under $100!
4. Boita Bags
This genderless vegan bag brand crafts modern, eco-conscious bags manufactured to the highest ethical standards without sacrificing style, function or durability.
Every luxury accessory they make is vegan-friendly, but that’s not all! They also recycle 15 plastic bottles for each piece, helping keep oceans and landfills cleaner. This recycling prevents 22 balloons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, and returns 234 bottles of clean filtered water back into the ecosystem.
Of course, we love Boita Bags’ style, too! They make sleek, professional looking bags that easily transform from briefcases to backpacks that are suitable for both men and women to carry to work.
We love, love LOVE this brand! And for so many reasons!
First up, Bobobark is made from eco-friendly cork. This means the bag is not only waterproof, but it’s super easy to clean, too.
Secondly, the bag is designed to absolute perfection. There is a padded section inside to keep your laptop safe; a zipped pocket to allow you to easily access (and charge) your phone; and a zipped pocket inside for cash and cards.
The bag is also three in one: add straps on the back to make it a backpack, or hook on the shoulder strap if you prefer. Of course, it can also be used as a briefcase if you just use the small handle on top, too!
6. Matt & Nat
When it comes to vegan briefcase brands, nobody does it better than Matt & Nat! The popular vegan bag brand has distinguished itself for their elegant, timeless, and often unisex designs. I love the fact that they are using increasingly sustainable materials like cork, and line their bags with recycled materials.
My pick for work is the Chili vegan briefcase model from their Vintage collection, below. This is a piece that will look stylish for ages, and has convenient exterior pockets for your devices and cash.
If you prefer a backpack to take to work, they offer several, such as the Purity model below, as well. All of them come in modern, trendy tones, and are made to last 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.
If you prefer something with a more feminine touch, Doshi also makes sleek backpacks in a range of vibrant colours, from candy floss pink to scarlet red.
8. Ela Handbags
Sharp and sophisticated, Ela Handbag’s chic, minimalist styles come with a strong vintage influence. This vegan bag maker hails from Canada, and produces something we’re coveting hard, that’s perfect for work: the Editor’s Pouch.
It’s basically a laptop sleeve lined with the brand’s signature purple 100% recycled plastic bottle fabric interior. Your laptop, paperwork, and basics like keys and cards will all fit in. Do you really need to pack in anything else? It’s basically the ideal unisex vegan ‘briefcase’ to effortlessly take you from serious meetings to dinner with friends.
This is one of the most unique vegan briefcase brands for sure! All of this Canada-based company’s styles are made from….paper! Yep, that’s right. But don’t for one minute think this is some delicate fabric. Oh no! It’s very hard wearing – and you can even get it wet! This totally ecological and vegan material is manufactured in Germany and is FSC and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified.
Choose from slick, minimalists laptop sleeves, wallets or briefcases. All are slate grey and are done up with a wood button.
If you have the kind of job where you need to make an impression, Veganwear has the perfect briefcase for you!
Produced in ethical factories, these bags feature a very considered design, which includes:
- The ability to expand to fit in two laptops, an umbrella, lunch, notebooks, and more.
- An easy-reach front pocket
- Three central pockets, a pen holder, and a rear paper pocket.
Although their briefcases are marketed to men, we think this is the ideal accessory for anyone in the classic professions.
Main image: Bobobark
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