If you love accessories and fashion but don’t love buying or wearing animal products, you have my sympathies. Several of you have asked me to do a leather-free bag roundup over the past couple of months, and when I set out to do just that, the irritation and frustration of trying to find a designer bag that fits that description became clear.

Most online retailers won’t let you filter their products by material, and most in-site search functions don’t crawl the fabrication information to return results; that means that searching for “faux leather” or “PVC” is only helpful if the retailer’s copy team has included those keywords in the product’s name or general description, which isn’t always (or even usually) the case. Also, totes from designer brands that are made of primarily non-leather materials often have little bits of leather trim, and how retailers notate that fact varies widely and can be difficult to figure out for sure.

That being said, I feel as though my search was reasonably successful; ultimately, it yielded nearly two dozen bags from big-name designers like Givenchy and Bottega Veneta, as well as more affordable options from all-vegan lines like Deux Lux and Street Level. There’s even a faux leather Antigona, in case you’re looking for an ethical It Bag. Check out our finds below.

Bottega Veneta Marco Polo PVC Tote
$980 via Neiman Marcus

Bottega-Veneta-Marco-Polo-PVC-Tote

Poverty Flats by Rian Faux Leather Tote
$90 via Nordstrom

Poverty-Flats-by-Rian-Faux-Leather-Tote

Samudra Coco Palms Clutch
$65 via ShopBop

Samudra-Coco-Palms-Clutch

ASOS Handheld Handbag
$66 via ASOS

ASOS-Handheld-Handbag

Tory Burch Madura Shoulder Bag
$450 via ShopBop

Tory-Burch-Madura-Shoulder-Bag

TopShop V Panel Carryall Bag
$70 via Nordstrom

TopShop-V-Panel-Carryall-Bag

Stella McCartney Cavendish Faux Python Mini Tote
$1,270 via Bergdorf Goodman

Stella-McCartney-Cavendish-Faux-Python-Mini-Tote

Marc by Marc Jacobs Top Schooly Reflector Mini Jax Bag
$180 via Bloomingdale’s

Marc-by-Marc-Jacobs-Top-Schooly-Reflector-Jax-Mini-Bag

Lulu Quilted Shoulder Bag
$42 via Nordstrom

Lulu-Quilted-Shoulder-Bag

Givenchy Faux Leather Antigona Bag
$2,090 via Saks

Givenchy-Faux-Leather-Antigona-Bag

ASOS Velvet Clutch
$34 via ASOS

ASOS-Velvet-Clutch

ZAC Zac Posen Mini Eartha Top Handle Bag
$295 via ShopBop

ZAC-Zac-Posen-Eartha-Mini-Top-Handle-Bag

Street Level Reversible Vegan Leather Tote
$48 via Nordstrom

Street-Level-Reversible-Vegan-Leather-Tote

ASOS Clean Satchel
$42 via ASOS

ASOS-Clean-Satchel-Bag

Furla Candy Mini Bon Bon Bag
$148 via ShopBop

Furla-Candy-Mini-Bon-Bon-Bag

Deux Lux Drawstring Woven Bucket Bag
$70 via ShopBop

Deux-Lux-Drawstring-Woven-Bucket-Bag

Shrimps Pablo Faux Fur Clutch
$125 via Net-a-Porter

Shrimps-Pablo-Faux-Fur-Clutch

Givenchy Antigona PVC Tote
$1,080 via Net-a-Porter

Givenchy-Antigona-PVC-Tote

Deux Lux Ariel Mini Messenger
$70 via ShopBop

Deux-Lux-Ariel-Mini-Messenger

Eric Javits Chelsea PVC Suede Bag
$162 via Last Call

Eric-Javits-Chelsea-PVC-Suede-Shoulder-Bag

Danielle Nicole Jenna Faux Leather Bag
$58 via CUSP

Danielle-Nicole-Jenna-Faux-Leather-Shoulder-Bag
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Guest
Guest
7 years ago

Your sympathy is not required. You make it sound like such an ordeal doing this write up-so much so that you didn’t even bother to check spelling!
This is such a shoddy job-not the usual PB standard. You have left out celebrity adorning vegan brands like Wilby, Matt and Nat and Freedom of animals.
You also completely left out wonderful nylon bags from the likes of Marc Jacobs and chic canvas bags from Coach etc.
Those of us who embrace vegaism do not really mind not being able to carry a dead tortured carcus on our arms daily. It’s a small price to pay for our values.

Lily Cobbler
Lily Cobbler
5 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Totally agree with you. Personally I get the 2K cost of the Antigona bag. As long as we’re comparing vegan leather to cow hide and not exotics.. I like Freedom of animals for more of a casual look but if you’re more into edgy style with a statement you should check out Fruitenveg. I just got their nami bag on their Valentine’s sale and it’s just stunning. One of my best purchases.

Dylan
Dylan
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

If you don’t like carrying leather, then you should be happy about this post. The PB team is trying to be helpful, and you’re being really ungrateful. The Coach logo canvas bags aren’t chic, they’re tacky. Amanda tried her best, and I would think you’d be happy she’s spreading the word about cruelty-free items. You know the PurseBlog is for higher-end, well-known bags, since you claim to know about the quality of their posts. That’s probably why she didn’t include Matt + Nat, etc. She’s focusing craftsmanship. You can buy a vegan leather bag at Forever 21 that will fall apart in 2 months.

Grace Mccarter
7 years ago
Reply to  Dylan

My Matt & Nat handbag(pleather too, not fabric) has stood the test of time for me and been through hell. It’s held up pretty well. That’s craftsmanship.
Funnily enough I’ve bought vegan bags by more mainstream brands that are more expensive(a few cheaper) and they can not HANDLE the level of abuse I put my handbags through(did I mention I also scored the Matt & Nat purse at a local consignment shop; it probably already suffered some level of abuse, albeit looked new. I like the water resistant nature of pleather/vegan leathers but the low level of quality When I see more household name brands have when trying their hand at vegan bags… it’s obvious to me that they are out of their wheelhouse.

Regina George
Regina George
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Oh boy, you must be fun at parties

shueaddict
shueaddict
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Would you cool your electric powered jets !!! I actually think it is a great first effort and it cannot please both vegans and tree huggers.
I have also paid attention to materials and there is precious little information offered on the main shopping sites. I shall applaud LuisaViaRoma for including the list of materials used (also with pop up index reference).

http://www.luisaviaroma.com/index.aspx?#ItemSrv.ashx|SeasonId=61I&CollectionId=A5P&ItemId=6&VendorColorId=OTYw0&SeasonMemoCode=actual&GenderMemoCode=women&Language=&CountryId=&SubLineMemoCode=&CategoryId=0&ItemResponse=&MenuResponse=&SizeChart=false&ItemTag=true&NoContext=false

Amanda
Amanda
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

Pot meet kettle you spelled carcass wrong.

Guest
Guest
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

What’s vegaism?

Regina George
Regina George
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

I’m was assuming something along the lines of….

Dylan
Dylan
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

I’m not going to lie, I thought she said “vegasm”….

Amanda Mull
7 years ago
Reply to  Guest

I mentioned that it was difficult to find some of these bags not because I wanted to complain, but because I thought it would be illuminating to readers who have perhaps not thought about the frustration of trying to uphold ethical standards while shopping, as well as for retailers (who routinely check out site) who want to make their shopping tools more useful for all kinds of customers.

Also, there’s not a single bag on Coach’s website without leather trim, at least that I could find, and there’s a Marc Jacobs bag included in the list.

L. Rachelle Babb
L. Rachelle Babb
7 years ago
Reply to  Amanda Mull

Nevermind, the folks that were somehow offended by your post. I understood your humor and didn’t take much personally. Fact of the matter is, not all vegans live a vegan lifestyle. These new age vegans are redefining veganism. Fact of the matter, the term was coined by a doctor in the 90s in order to differentiate those nondairy vegetarians from the rest.

Sheena Ernst
Sheena Ernst
7 years ago

Bought the ‘Mini Bon Bon’ by Furla for a good price on Amazon, but returned due to pvc/plastic smell. It might have gone away over time.. but just want to shed light on this for other PB readers.

Stina Sias
Stina Sias
7 years ago

This is a great post I love the palm tree clutch! I hope you do another next season 🙂

Amazona
Amazona
7 years ago

Wow, I never knew you could make an Antigona into such a drab looking version…a good selection though, there aren’t a lot of designer bags out there that don’t have a single piece of leather on them. Kudos for skipping the most obvious one, Stella McCartney, and really doing research among other designers!
BTW, plastic – and that’s what PU and PVC are – is NOT an eco friendly choice. A true HC nature-loving vegan would go after bags that have been made of recycled natural fibres. Globe Hope for example does amazing bags and clothes this way.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
7 years ago
Reply to  Amazona

This is a list of non-leather handbags not eco friendly. The two are not the same. There are plenty of people who wear leather that are eco-friendly.
Personally, I find that the process that it takes to get a non-leather handbag to look like leather to be more damaging to the environment than the whole leather process. I’m also glad that Stella McCartney wasn’t automatically on the list.

Vendela Parker
Vendela Parker
6 years ago

Just to clear something up, creating leather for purses is not eco-friendly if you think about what you’re really buying. If a person buys something made out of leather, a cow had to be birthed, raised and killed to get it. That takes much more water than other varieties of fabric. Cows drink and consume tons of water throughout their lifetime. I’m not saying that all vegans are eco-friendly, I agree that many are not entirely, but the product of leather itself is not eco-friendly. Only, perhaps, if the baby calf was killed only days after birth for soft leather goods. But that is not as common.

Amazona
Amazona
7 years ago

My remark of the non-eco-friendliness was pointed out to all the fire hearted vegans that are always putting down others for their choices. As the 1st commenter already did, I might add.
It’s a bit pot calling the kettle black; carry a leather bag for 10 yrs, then replace and it’s abomination but carrying a PU bag for a year and then replacing it is totally fine just because it’s not leather. Which is a byproduct of meat and milk production which isn’t going to stop any time soon. PU production uses up oil which we aren’t going to get more of any time soon, plus the process and all the chemicals and poisonous compounds that end up in the environment.
I’d love to see more veg tanned bags in these lists, maybe do a post on them some time? =)

L. Rachelle Babb
L. Rachelle Babb
7 years ago
Reply to  Amazona

Leather, unfortunately, is not a byproduct of the meat industry. This is a thought that they even projected upon us while studying fashion, but it’s untrue. Unfortunately, it’s become it’s own industry. The meat is often not even used for human consumption. The animals are often not fed or given water and walked for miles in heat to the factories where they’ll meet their demise. They’re often skinned alive. It’s quite gruesome, actually. I do agree that PU and PVC are not the ideal alternatives, that is unless they’re created in an eco-friendly manner. At the end of the day, we should all be in search of truth and open our eyes to the realities of life. Unfortunately, my fellow vegans don’t make it very easy for people to have compassion for us or animals with their attacks and judgments, though they mean well. But at the end of the day, we’re all human and should treat one another with respect.

Lily Cobbler
Lily Cobbler
5 years ago

Couldn’t agree more!

Cobus Brink
Cobus Brink
6 years ago

You make some rather serious accusations about the leather industry. Care to back it up with firsthand evidence, not 2nd hand blog tales?

Sierra Jones
Sierra Jones
6 years ago
Reply to  Cobus Brink

it’s all true. i have seen video of it. Pamela Anderson narrates a video about it as well. you can easily look it up yourself instead of calling it “accusations”.

Cobus Brink
Cobus Brink
6 years ago
Reply to  Sierra Jones

Dude or, I work in the industry, and know what hoops we need to jump through to satisfy the European fashion houses. Any one can make a video of the worst of the worst in an industry and tell it as if the whole industry is like that. And I am not educating people when I try and tell the truth of what I notice and do every day?

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
7 years ago
Reply to  Amazona

I guess that my comprehension of your comment was not what you intended. I took your comment at face value. To be honest, I don’t pay attention to blog tags!

Amanda Mull
7 years ago

(I think she’s referring to the category that this post is listed in–I chose it because it seemed the most appropriate of our available options, although it’s totally valid to point out that PVC and PU are not exactly great for the environment.)

Amazona
Amazona
7 years ago
Reply to  Amanda Mull

(You’re so right!)

Amanda
Amanda
7 years ago

There are some very pretty bags on this list!

AshleyG
AshleyG
7 years ago

Lord, I love meat in all forms so maybe my thoughts are irrelevant in this post but I just do NOT understand the existence of a plastic $2K Antigona. I know that the style of vegan’s should not have to suffer for their values’ sake but geez, can they at least get a deal for their well doing?! But, I suppose the same sort of argument can be made for the LV coated canvas… *shrug* Or perhaps, i should just not read PB and work on my Dave Ramsey budget at the same time, LOL.

Nicki
Nicki
6 years ago
Reply to  AshleyG

Well, I’ve thought about that too- paying so much for a nonleather bag. But then it occurred to me, Stella McCartney’s bags are made in Italy, not at a sweatshop, and honestly, I’ve seen leather sandals for like, $12, so it’s not even like leather is hard to get or luxurious, so, why should a leather bag cost so much?

Megs Mahoney Dusil
7 years ago
Reply to  AshleyG

Nahh you should def keep reading PB! hahaha.

Rachel
Rachel
7 years ago

Freedom of Animals is a really great brand that is not only vegan but is also eco friendly and all made in NY.

Amanda Mull
7 years ago
Reply to  Rachel

I will make sure to take a look at them next time I do one of these posts!

Lily Cobbler
Lily Cobbler
5 years ago
Reply to  Amanda Mull

Thanks for that post! I turned vegan 6 months ago and it really is difficult to get nice vegan designer bags. If you ever make another post check out Fruitenveg. Their designs are really cute and surprising and they don’t simply imitate leather bags. It’s like a totally different experience.

Rachel
Rachel
7 years ago
Reply to  Amanda Mull

Great! Their designs are super nice, not drab or overdone like a lot of other vegan brands.

kevin ailsa
kevin ailsa
7 years ago

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enu
enu
7 years ago

Dont forget those gorgeous chanel graffiti backpack! And yes about that animal thing, unless u r total vegan (in diet too), i think its okay if the bag u wear is leather, as long it is not exotic leather, because u eat meats anyway, so those animal skin would be useful, no waste, and way so much go-green since real leathers r durable and longlasts, while pvc faux leather consumes much oil in making, which is no no! U already know oil comes from fossils which takes years in making and considered as cant be renewed.

Glittra
Glittra
7 years ago
Reply to  enu

The leather that is used to make handbags do not come from the same animals killed for meat/food. Just so you know. Not pointing fingers. Just keeping the information correct.

Grace Mccarter
7 years ago
Reply to  enu

Why not buy a purse made from recycled materials then?

Annie
Annie
7 years ago

I thought that I’d share this brand, Gunas, with you. I have not bought from it, but some of the bags are gorgeous. Here is a link to their homepage: http://www.gunasthebrand.com/

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