25 Best Vegan Handbags EVER From Brands You Can Trust (2021)

Best Vegan Leather Bags For All Styles & Budgets!

In a market with thousands of vegan handbags and brands, deciding which one is best for you can be at least challenging.

To save your time, effort, and money, in this article, I’ll introduce you to the best vegan handbags (and brands) of 2021.

We’ll look at vegan handbags for all tastest and pockets; affordable vegan handbags, luxury vegan handbags, vegan handbags from PU, mushroom, or even cactus leather; I’ve got them all here.

Also, to make it easier for you, I’ve crowned three brands as winners of three vegan handbag categories:

Best OVERALL Vegan Handbags

Best BUDGET Vegan HandBags

Best DESIGNER Vegan HandBags




Best Vegan Handbags of 2021

Discover some of the best vegan handbags made of apple leather, pineapple leaves, mushrooms, and cork, designed for spring, summer, winter, gym, beach, work, and even a select dinner date.

Without further ado, these are the top 20 best vegan handbags right now in 2021:


1/20
Best Overall Vegan Handbag

Adelsm Small Satchel
MATT & NAT
$135 $87.75

MATT & NAT Adelsm Small Satchel

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“The brand makes exceptional vegan handbags and should be a top choice for anyone looking to buy a faux leather or vegan leather handbag.”

Shop at MATT & NAT

Matt & Nat is a sustainable label that makes vegan purses from cruelty-free leather alternatives and recycled materials out of Montreal.

Following its success with the Abbi tote bag, Matt & Nat’s ADELSM bag, part of the brand’s Purity collection, is made from recycled materials and aims to take over the vegan’s hearts.

Matt and Nat vegan handbags
MATT & NAT Adelsm Small Vegan Leather Satchel in Black (image courtesy: MATT & NAT)

Designed as a small pouch with double handles and flap closure, this vegan handbag comes with a detachable and adjustable crossbody strap.

With the interior lining made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, on the inside, you’ll find a large zippered pocket for your wallet, smartphone, car keys, and even cosmetics.


2/20
Best Top Handle Vegan Leather Bag

The Fae Top Handle
JW PEI
$119

JW PEI The Fae Top Handle

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“I love JW PEI’s aging vegan leather look. On par with Stella McCartney, quality and style, but a fraction of Stella’s price, JW PEI is my brand to go when I need a vegan bag to impress.”

Shop at JW PEI

Hailing from Los Angeles, California, JW Pei is a company that specializes in patent-style vegan handbags.

With a minimalist style – somehow similar to Matt & Nat – JW Pei’s vegan handbags are made from high-grade polyurethane resin and ultra-fine microfiber bundles.]

JW PEI The Fae Top Handle Vegan Leather Bag
JW PEI The Fae Top Handle Vegan Leather Bag in Black (image Courtesy: JW PEI)

The unique material combination gives the bags a leather-like patina that gets better with time.

Soft, beautiful, and durable, with linings made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, JW Pei vegan handbags are a must-have for vegan fashion lovers.


3/20
Best Vegan Leather Travel Bag

Lacie Weekender Bag
SOLE SOCIETY
$59.98

SOLE SOCIETY Lacie Weekender Vegan Bag

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Highly recommended for high-quality vegan handbags and super stylish weekender bags for quick getaway trips.”

Shop at DSW

Located in Culver City, California, Sole Society is an American label specializing in vegan products, mainly vegan leather bags.

More famous for its vegan shoes, clothing, and accessories, Sole Society is betting on unique vegan handbag styles.

SOLE SOCIETY Lacie Weekender Vegan Bag in Brown
SOLE SOCIETY Lacie Weekender Vegan Bag in Brown (image courtesy: Sole Society)

The gorgeous vegan tote in this selection comes in a wide range of natural colors such as slate, charcoal, and tan.

The oversized tote features plenty of room to carry everything you need and despited the expensive look, at under $60, it has a very affordable price.


4/20
Best Vegan Shoulder Bag

Rotunda Handbag
GUNAS
$195

GUNAS Rotunda Vegan Handbag

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“A vegan handbag for special occasions in a unique design and gorgeous color choices.”

Shop at GUNAS

Located in Long Island City, NY, Gunas makes vegan handbags from cruelty-free and PVC-free materials.

The brand also uses recycled nylons, coated canvas, cork, rubber, upcycled polyester, and proprietary ultra-leather.

As one of the first fully vegan brands globally, Gunas has been selling vegan shoes and handbags for the last ten years.

GUNAS Rotunda Vegan Leather Handbag
GUNAS Rotunda Vegan Leather Handbag in Pink (image courtesy: Gunas)

‘Rotunda’ bag is named after the famous Capitol in Washington, the Guggenheim museum, and the Pantheon in Rome.

These buildings are round domed structures, and the type of architecture represents the “authority of nature and power of reason.”

The Rotunda bag is Gunas’ representation of the issues concerning our times, such as gender equality and animal rights.


5/20
Best Luxury Vegan Handbag

Falabella Mini Tote Bag
STELLA MCCARTNEY
From $675

STELLA MCCARTNEY Falabella Mini Tote Bag

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“If you are after a luxury vegan handbag, Stella McCartney is the best choice right now.”

Shop at FARFETCH

Stella McCartney needs no introduction to the world of luxury and sustainable fashion.

Known for her exclusive cruelty-free couture, shoes, accessories, and vegan leather bags, the British designer is the best at blending luxury with sustainability.

STELLA MCCARTNEY Falabella Mini Tote Bag
STELLA MCCARTNEY Falabella Mini Vegan Tote Bag (image courtesy: Farfetch)

The brand’s mission statement puts ethics and sustainable practices at the center, intending to create a world that treats people, the planet, and animals on equal terms.

AS Stella’s signature vegan handbags, Falabella mini tote bag will make you stand out from a mile.

Made in Italy from the brand’s proprietary vegan leather-like material, the bag was made in limited numbers, so make sure you get yours ASAP.





6/20
Best Budget Vegan Leather Bag

Faux Leather Large Hobo Bag
REALER
$38.99

REALER Faux Leather Large Hobo Bag

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“At under $40, this has to be the best price/quality vegan handbag out there right now.”

Shop at AMAZON

Featuring luxury gold-tone hardware, this classic Hobo-style vegan handbag delivers much elegance.

Made from soft and durable vegan leather featuring an anti-scratch, anti-fading, and slightly waterproof layer, the bag has a gorgeous and fashionable look.

REALER Faux Leather Large Hobo Bag
REALER Faux Leather Large Hobo Bag in Brown
(image courtesy: Amazon)

Similarly, the liner is made from a sturdy and anti-cracked polyester instead of soft cotton cloth.

With a price under $40 and in a range of 28 different colors, this affordable vegan handbag is the best-selling bag on Amazon right now.


7/20
Best Stylish Vegan Handbag

Drawstring Handbag
SINBONO
$99

SINBONO Luna vegan leather Bucket bag

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“PETA-approved SINBONO is well-known for its stylish vegan handbags made of recycled bottles and reclaimed fruit skins.”

Shop at SINBONO

Established in New York, SINBONO is an industry leader in vegan fashion accessories.

The brand’s mission is to help conscious fashion lovers find and choose sustainable accessories that complement their looks.

As SINBONO’s interpretation of classic designer bags, this beauty is made from butter-soft vegan leather and features an elegant drawstring closure, hence its name.

SINBONO Drawstring vegan handbag
SINBONO Drawstring Vegan Handbag in Green (image courtesy: Sinbono)

The Drawstring vegan handbag has a unique style, equally eye-catching and spacious, designed to stand the test of time.

The scrunchie handle is detachable, so you can take it off if you want to use the bag as a clutch bag.

Also, the bag has two inner pockets, so there’s no need to pack your wallet.


8/20
Best Vegan Leather Laptop Backpack

On Track Pack Laptop & Tablet Backpack
KENNETH COLE
$59.99

KENNETH COLE On Track Pack vegan leather Laptop & Tablet Backpack

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Excellent for those looking for a vegan bag packed with the latest technologies, such as RFID, Bluetooth, portable charging, and much more.”

Shop at AMAZON

Priced at just $59, this vegan leather backpack by Kenneth Cole is protected by anti-theft RFID technology and accommodates with ease a 15.6″ laptop.

Anti-theft radio frequency identification (RFID) technology blocks radio waves from reading credit/debit cards and even certain passports information.

This vegan backpack is durable, with a tear-resistant and fully lined interior.

Furthermore, the backpack has a main internal compartment for larger items, a mesh zipper pocket, and dual open slip pockets.


9/20
Best Vegan Leather Diaper Bag

Convertible Classic Diaper Backpack
FRESHLY PICKED
$175

FRESHLY PICKED Convertible Classic Diaper Backpack

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Each vegan bag is hand-made by Utah-based artisans, from the highest-quality genuine Italian leather, suede, nylon, and organic vegan leather materials.”

Shop at AMAZON

Packed with ten pockets and a spacious central compartment for more oversized items, this vegan backpack by Freshly Picked is for mothers who want to pack ‘everything’ for their babies.

The Utah-based Freshly Picked has conducted focus groups across the US to create this vegan handbag.

FRESHLY PICKED Convertible Classic Diaper Backpack
FRESHLY PICKED Convertible Classic Vegan Backpack in Blue (image courtesy: Amazon)

In the process, the company identified what moms want from a diaper bag: large capacity, ease of use, durability, and style.

However, with easy access via a magnetic front flap, a grab-and-go top handle, and ‘electronics’ sleeve, this diaper bag can be used as a backpack, cross-body bag, or even as a purse.


10/20
Best Vintage Vegan Leather Briefcase

Briefcase Laptop Bag for Women
ECOSUS
$46.99

ECOSUSI Briefcase Laptop Bag for Women

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“A tremendous vegan label of you’re after vintage style vegan handbags and shoes, the type of vintage fashion you could only find in the 1950s.”

Shop at AMAZON

ECOSUSI has created this elegant vintage vegan briefcase for women.

Launched in 2015, the company creates superior quality vegan handbags, business bags, briefcases, and school bags for any taste and budget.

ECOSUS Briefcase Laptop Bag for Women
ECOSUS Briefcase Vegan Leather Laptop Bag in Blue (image courtesy: Amazon)

The roomy interior also has multiple pockets and was designed to keep everything organized.

With a 14.8 by 10.6 x 4 inches capacity, this vegan messenger bag is perfect for holding a laptop and lots of A4-sized notebooks.





11/20
Best Puffy Vegan Leather Backpack

Blink Backpack
URBAN ORIGINALS
$98

URBAN ORIGINALS Blink Backpack

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Available online at stores like Anthropologie, Urban Originals takes a stand against the leather industry by creating slick and practical accessories from vegan alternatives.”

Shop at UO

Urban Originals is an Australian company whose brand ethos and values center around veganism, aiming for a cleaner planet and a better world.

Driven by a strict no-animal products policy, Urban Originals creates stylish vegan handbags, backpacks, crossbody bags, wallets, and vegan totes.

The brand’s stylish bags are made from organic cotton, bio-based polyamides, and leather resulting from recycled PET bottles.

URBAN ORIGINALS Blink Vegan Leather Backpack
URBAN ORIGINALS Blink Vegan Leather Backpack in Sand (image courtesy: Urban Original)

Urban Originals ensures that all of its bags are made in fair trade conditions and have passed Australia’s Department Store and Industry ethical standards.

Beyond its ethical values, Urban Originals’ stylish vegan leather backpacks are pure work of art.

The Blink backpack by Urban Originals can be worn either as a backpack or as a crossbody, thanks to the convertible strap and short handle.

The bag has adjustable straps, a front slip padded pocket, a zipper pocket at the back, and a closing flap with a magnetic button.


12/20
Best Vegan Post Bag

Large Post Bag
ELVIS & KRESSE
$318

ELVIS KRESSE Large Post Bag

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Made from “heroic” material, the brand’s ‘Fire-Hose’ pieces are not just vegan handbags but a whole new kind of luxury handbags collection.”

Shop at EK

Launched in 2015 in Kent, UK, Elvis & Kresse is a British vegan leather label known for its superb vegan luxury bags and accessories.

The company partnered in 2017 with the Burberry Foundation to tackle the growing problem of global leather waste.

The five-year partnership will see at least 120 tonnes of leather off-cuts from Burberry re-crafted into new luxury items designed and sold by Elvis & Kresse.

ELVIS KRESSE Large Vegan Post Bag
ELVIS & KRESSE Large Vegan Post Bag in Red Brown (image courtesy: Elvis & Kresse)

Part of the brand’s suggestively titled “The Fire-House Collection,” the Elvis & Kresse Large Post bag is made from genuine decommissioned fire-hose previously deployed in active duty for up to 25 years, fighting fires around the UK.

With a zip pocket, two additional poacher-style pockets, and a lining made from reclaimed parachute silk, this all-day vegan bag can be held in hand, carried on the shoulder, or across the body.

The heroic material – once used to save lives – gets a second chance to keep giving back.


13/20
Best Vegan Tote Bag

Demi Black Vegan Winged Tote Bag
LABANTE LONDON
$180

LABANTE LONDON Demi Black Vegan Winged Tote Bag

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Available everywhere, from House of Frazer to Amazon, Labante London is an affordable alternative to high-end and designer vegan handbags.”

Shop at LABANTE

Based in London, LaBante is a British designer label founded in 2009, known for its excellent vegan leather handbags.

LaBante London’s offering includes vegan clutches, crossbodies, backpacks, and tote bags in quilted textures and natural colors, making them easy to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe.

LABANTE LONDON Demi Black Vegan Winged Tote Bag
LABANTE LONDON Demi Black Vegan Winged Tote Bag (image courtesy: Labante London)

The stunning Black Demi bag from LaBante London is a “designer winged vegan tote bag featuring gold hardware plaques on the base.

The bag is further adorned with the brand’s logo at the top for an elegant look.

It comes with two zipper compartments, a central zipped compartment for larger items – and you can fit a 13-inch laptop.


14/20
Best Designer Vegan Leather Bag

Cassiopeia White Bag
MASHU
$598

MASHU Cassiopeia White Bag

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Designed in London and handcrafted in Greece, Mashu’s latest luxury sustainable handbags marry contemporary design with exquisite traditional craftsmanship.”

Shop at MASHU

Mashu is a designer label specialized in exclusive vegan handbags and accessories.

Sketched in London but hand-made in Greece, the label is defined by exquisite Art Deco constructs and lines of ancient architecture.

The brands’ vegan leather bags are balanced by playful patterns and textures, aiming to create a more nuanced and tasteful balance.

Mashu Cassiopeia Cork and White Vegan Leather Bag
MASHU Cassiopeia Cork and White Vegan Leather Bag (image courtesy: Mashu

Cassiopeia is the brand’s latest creation, a vegan designer bag conceived during the lockdown.

Made from gold-plated brass, the bag’s handles are inspired by nature and its asymmetric forms.

As one of the best vegan leather bags in this article, Cassiopeia is from Desserto, the brand’s proprietary formulation of cactus leather.


15/20
Best Crossbody Vegan Bag

Hollywood Hills Crossbody Bag
JILL MILAN
$450

Jill Milan Vegan Handbag

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Arguably the most popular brand of luxury vegan handbags out there, this is a label worn by A-class celebrities worldwide.”

Shop at JILL MILAN

There’s no need for an introduction to Jill Milan’s vegan leather bags.

The label is popular with celebrities and has been spotted on the red carpet, movie premiers, and even at the Oscars.

Sported by celebrities such as Anne Hathaway, Kerry Washington, and Eva Longoria, the label has fans worldwide.

Thanks to its minimalist square design and rounded edges, the Hollywood Hills vegan crossbody bag is super chic.

Made from Italian vegan patent leather, this vegan crossbody bag is spacious enough to hold your essentials but light enough to be taken everywhere.

The bag features an adjustable shoulder strap and comes with palladium-coated hand-made brass hardware.





16/20
Best Large Vegan Backpack

Nyla Backpack Large
PIXIE MOOD
$125

PIXIE MOOD Nyla Vegan Backpack Large

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“This super chic vegan bag could be the answer to so many situations; a studious staple for the girl on the go or the mom with a sleek sense of style.”

Shop at AMAZON

Following their success with Alicia Tote II, Pixie Mood’s Nyla vegan backpack aims to set new heights for this Canadian label.

The label has recently introduced ‘Brown Croc,’ a textured new vegan material that will highlight the 2022 vegan handbags season.

PIXIE MOOD Nyla Backpack Large
PIXIE MOOD Nyla Large Vegan Leather Backpack in Black (image courtesy: Pixie Mood)

Part of the brand’s FW21 collection Nyla is a vega backpack of high versatility.

Overall, Nyla is roomy enough for everyday use and multifunctional enough as a backpack or shoulder bag.


17/20
Best Cross Shoulder Vegan Handbag

Hamilton Crossbody Signet Mud Biege
ANGELA ROI
$225

ANGELA ROI Hamilton Crossbody Signet Mud Biege

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“True to the brand’s reputation, the ‘Hamilton’ has the looks and the functionality everyone expects in the crossbody bag category.”

Shop at ANGELA ROI

There’s no wonder Angela Roi’s most popular product is the crossbody vegan bag style.

Like most of the brand’s vegan handbags, this crossbody vegan bag is made from ‘Exquisite PU Leather’ and matched with satin gold hardware.

The name of the material might sound a bit pretentious at first; yet, it makes perfect sense after you touch it, as it gives a sense of high quality.

ANGELA ROI Hamilton Crossbody Signet Mud Biege
ANGELA ROI Hamilton Vegan Leather Crossbody Signet Mud Beige (image courtesy: Angela Roi)

The bag’s interior is from vegan suede, in a unique design that supports its overall style.

Back to the bag’s functional features, this vegan handbag has three open pockets and two inner slip pockets, all covered by a front flap closure.

Also, the rectangular design with accordion-style pockets makes the bag very space-efficient.

Not to forget the adjustable strap, a lovely addition that makes the bag stylish and comfortable.


18/20
Best Textured Vegan Leather Backpack

Autumn Textured Front Backpack
JEANE & JAX
$130 CAD

JEANE & JAX Autumn Textured Front Backpack

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“With pockets, a phone pouch, and card slots, the unisex and roomy Autumn vegan handbag is the ideal choice for a weekend away.”

Shop at JEANE & JAX

Jeane & Jax is a Canadian brand that uses ethically sourced materials to create luxury vegan handbags and wallets.

The brand is PETA-approved and socially responsible, ensuring all employees have a safe, healthy, and fair work environment.

JEANE & JAX Autumn Textured Front Backpack
JEANE & JAX Autumn Textured Front Backpack (image courtesy: Jeane & Jax)

According to the founder, the vegan bag company draws inspiration from Montreal’s multicultural and artistic vibe, the largest city in Quebec, Canada.

This fabulous vegan handbag comes with an adjustable crossbody strap and has a full-zip closure.

It also has a front pocket with magnetic snap closure, an interior phone pouch, and a zipped back pocket.


19/20
Best Everyday Use Vegan Tote Bag

Marcelline Tote
MOENN
$109 $89

Moenn Marcelline Vegan Tote Bag

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“A one-of-a-kind vegan handbag crafted to be your go-to for any situation, be that office, shopping, or gym.”

Shop at MOENN

This beautifully handcrafted tote is part of the brand’s popular Marcelline Collection.

With an oversized cut, this vegan tote is designed to be an excellent companion at the airport lounge, office, supermarket, and even at the gym or beach.

MOENN Marcelline Vegan Leather Tote
MOENN Marcelline Vegan Leather Tote Bag (image courtesy: Moenn)

The tote has a removable pochette in matching vegan leather to keep all your small personal items tucked safely away when you’re on the go.

Devised to hold everything you could need, the Marcelline oversized tote is a timeless vegan handbag piece embellished with a gold-toned metal signature logo where each leather handle meets the bag.


20/20
Best Vegan Leather City Bag

1.6.1 Grey Taupe
ALEXANDRA K
$379

ALEXANDRA K Grey Taupe

EDITOR’S NOTE:

“Probably the only brand that sells serialized vegan handbags. Each bag has a unique serial number and a vegan and eco-friendly certificate.”

Shop at ALEXANDRA K

1.6.1 Grey Taupe is a stylish vegan bag hand-made in the UK from an innovative recycled PU fabric.

Designed for the city, the maxi bag has a front pendant with Alexandra K’s logo embossed on it.

The bag is lined with a proprietary fabric that feels like soft leather, magnetic fastening, and a detachable strap.

With two inner pockets, space for a smartphone, and three compartments – one of them with a zipper – this vegan bag can also fit a laptop, lots of A4 documents.





Most Asked Questions On Vegan Handbags

What Is Vegan Leather?

Vegan leather is a catch-all term for materials that replace animal leather and are cruelty-free.

Vegan leather is made from various materials such as wood, cork, rubber, barkcloth, apple, pineapple, and glazed cotton.

Moreover, we see more eco-friendly alternative options becoming available as the vegan fashion market grows and evolves.

However, two of the most common types of vegan leather are produced with polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or polyurethane (PU).

This is where the term “vegan leather” becomes a bit problematic.

Sure, PVC and PU are not animal products.

That’s the good part.

But, the bad part is that PVC is manufactured with toxic chemicals that cannot be recycled.

So we recommend that you avoid any handbags made with PVC.

There have been concerns over the last few years about PVC because of production challenges and because they release dioxins, potentially hazardous chemicals if burnt,” said Andrew Dent, the Vice President of Library and Research Materials at Material ConneXion.

A better synthetic alternative, while not perfect, is PU, which is less environmentally harmful and can be recycled.

Finally, vegan leather bags are getting the recognition they deserve in the world of fashion.

Compared to animal leather bags – which required the sacrifice of an animal to produce – vegan leather bags are cruelty-free alternatives that keep you looking good while doing good.

Moreover, thanks to recent material developments, there are more environmentally-friendly vegan leather alternatives, such as mushroom leather, and kelp leather now than ever before.

Vegan Handbags vs Animal Leather Bags, Which One Is Better?

Traditional leather handbags – the kind made from animals – have always been a staple of the fashion world.

But the world is changing as a variety of new and established brands have begun producing vegan leather or faux leather bags.

Above all, the makers of vegan handbags are innovators at the core.

Creators of materials made from recycled plastic bottles, fishing nets, fruit skins, mushrooms, cactuses, and tree bark these designers create vegan bags that are sturdy, sustainable, and above all, stylish.

Not too long ago, vegan bags were seen as ‘crunchy’, tacky and polluting.

Nowadays, they’re just as chic as anything produced by the most exclusive ‘designer’ brands.

And what’s more, these bags act as a badge of honor as finally, you can “wear your ethics on your sleeve”!

And it turns out, what’s right for the animals and the planet is also good for your pocket.




What’s The Verdict?

I hope you’ve enjoyed my top 20 vegan leather handbags.

If still unsure vegan leather bags are for you, remember that while traditional leather handbags are still out there, the world is changing fast.

More bags are made from innovative and high-quality materials.

Nowadays, vegan leather bags are as chic as traditional designer leather bags.

Above all, vegan bags are not only good for animals and the planet but also for your pocket!

Most vegan leather bags come at a better price than their animal leather counterparts.

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