These are the best vegan bags for fall this year. Which one do you love?
By Annie Gillman
While summer lets us get away with using baskets and canvas totes to sling over our bare shoulders, autumn calls for an altogether more serious bag. We need something sturdy to take with us to work or school every day, and unless you’re still keen to run outside when the weather gets miserable, you’ll probably be needing a bag to hit the gym (which seems to get harder to hit the shorter and darker the days grow, am I right?)
But finding great vegan bags for fall that boast great style and ethics can be a real struggle, especially given how polluting vegan leathers can be.
But never fear – after a long search, I’ve found the best vegan bags for your fall wardrobe and winter needs. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours, and suit any colder weather outfit, and occasion.
10 Of The Best Vegan Bags For Fall 2019
A tote with a sweet bow, in cotton candy pink – what could be more ladylike? This Cottontail bag (far right) actually comes in a variety of colours, including grey if you want to tone down the femininity a bit. What we love most may be the practicality of the size: this bag by Gunas is more than generous enough for all your essentials, and it gives you a wonderful pop of cheerful colour if you tend to wear a lot of black in the colder months.
Girls, it could only be one bag under this title – the very most favourite bag of them all for vegans and non-vegans alike. Yep, I’m talking about the Falabella, by Stella McCartney. If you’re looking for a comfortable, cruelty-free classic that rocks a pair of jeans as well as a work outfit, this is the one. It inspires envy from anyone with eyes, and comes in all kinds of sizes and colours, too. The price tag may make some wince, but you know what? This is really the only bag you need.
Price: From around $700
Veggani is one of our favourite brands, because they make truly eco-friendly vegan leathers – I mean, some of their shoes are actually made from apple peels. For real! So finding this Maya bag by Veggani, whose interior features an artist illustrated fabric made from 100% recycled materials including plastic bottles, made me pretty happy. Especially since the vegan leather here is textured to look like alligator – elegant, but 100% cruelty-free, of course. The way it should be.
Backpacks are a huge trend this season, and what better way to jet about than with the sleek and sophisticated best-selling backpack from new vegan bag brand Bobobark? Not only is it super-practical with its spacious sizing (there’s the perfect padded section for your laptop), but it’s made from 100% sustainable cork, giving it a light, smooth finish. Oh, and did I mention that there are adjustable straps, making this three bags in one?
Full disclosure: I was given one of the prototypes of this bag to try out – and I’ve never had more people stop me and ask me where my bag was from!
Vegan patent leather is often made of very toxic PVC – but not this glossy Jill Milan bag. Chic and sleek, it’s just as suitable in the office as it is for after work drinks. With separate interior pockets for money and mobile, this is a practical PU based purchase that will appeal to vegan fashionistas and animal lovers alike – especially as Jill Milan provides support to animal welfare organisations with a percentage of every sale.
Love slinging your bag across your shoulder? This Tia hobo bag boasts a slouchy shape with a spacious interior. Carry all your essentials in a sleek, soft shaped bag designed to rest comfortably on your shoulder. Featuring a bold red contrast lining, exterior front and back slip pocket with magnetic closure, this is the perfect casual silhouette to carry for your daily needs, offering extra style, whether you’re wearing jeans and a tee or a dress or suit.
Price: Around $130
7. The Must-Have Crossbody
Matt and Nat make some very stylish vegan bags, and one of our favourites is definitely the Drewlg Crossbody bag. It comes from their Vintage Collection, and it’s highly structured with a classic, ‘goes with everything’ shape and comes with a removable and fixed length strap. Not only is the bag cruelty free, but it also comes with a 100% recycled nylon lining.
Ok, life isn’t just about work, school, or they gym. At some point, you should go out and have some fun! Dinner? Dancing? A party? Whatever the occasion, Cult Gaia’s gorgeously soft faux fur bag has you covered.
The brand, which became famous for its wicker ‘lunch bucket’ bags, has come out with a whole range of stunning textured and sculptural bags for the colder seasons.
Price: Around $400
Crocodile skin is beautiful – on a crocodile! But if you love the effect on leather, look no further than Nanushka’s chic vegan bags for fall. This classic croc print tote is hungry. It wants your books. Your makeup. Your laptop. Your shopping. You name it! It’s big, it’s easy to access, and its open design reminds me a bit of a Birkin bag. Maybe that’s why I could totally imagine myself toting this around the cafes of Paris…
Price: Around $375
We just discovered Sole Society, and tbh, we’re freaking out. It’s a great site for chic vegans searching for shoes, bags, and accessories. This sturdy, well constructed bag is but one of many, many styles you can choose from on their website – great for the gym or a weekend away.
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