10 Vegan Handbags & Purses That Prove You Don't Need Leather To Be Stylish

Stylish Vegan Leather Bags For Every Budget 

For too long, leather bags have reigned supreme in the fashion world. Not anymore—vegan leather is in, and it’s here to stay. While leather requires the skin of animals, faux and vegan leather offer alternatives that keep us looking good and doing good. And not only is it better for the world, but it’s better for our closets and wallets too: vegan leather is almost always cheaper than the real thing, and can be versatile and adapted to whatever our needs are.

Not all vegan leather is created equally, though—when you can, avoid vegan leather created from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC for short. PVC is not biodegradable, but rather ends up creating microplastics that are ingested by fish and other animals. Plus, the production of PVC results in the creation of dioxin, a highly toxic man-made poison that remains in the body for a long time. Add on the fact that PVC isn't easy to recycle and is often mixed with phthalates (cancer-causing chemicals) during production, and we're sold on using it as little as possible.

We’ve found 10 brands who are crafting rocking vegan handbags and purses, proudly wearing that “cruelty-free” badge. These brands opt for upcycled materials, polyurethane leather (vegan leather), and organic cotton/twill instead, for handbags made to complement any outfit or occasion.

If you're wanting to incorporate more vegan goods into your wardrobe, check out our guide to vegan shoes as well!


1. Gunas New York

Based In | Long Island City, NY
Ethics | 100% vegan, cruelty-free, ethically-made, PVC-free
Materials | Nylons, coated canvas, cork, rubber, upcycled polyester, ultra-leather
Price Range |  $75–$275

For nearly 10 years, Gunas has been selling vegan handbags and shoes, making them one of the first fully vegan brands around. Started by Sugandh Agrawal in her Manhattan studio apartment, she wanted to create a fashion brand centered around activism, and she has definitely succeeded. Rather than using leather, Gunas opts for canvas, nylons, upcycled materials and more to craft simple yet durable products in bold colors. They offer a variety of handbags and purses—clutches, totes, and shoulder bags—to name just a few, with dozens of 5-star reviews. No matter what you need, Gunas has options that fit your lifestyle, budget, and love of animals.

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2. Matt & Nat

Based In | Montreal, Canada
Ethics | 100% vegan, recycled materials, ethically-made, cruelty-free
Materials | 100% recycled plastic, cork, rubber, recycled nylon
Price Range | $45–$220

Matt & Nat is a longtime leader in the vegan goods industry, with their 15+ lines of handbags (and many other products!). Based out of Montreal, they have implemented cruelty-free and ethical practices that utilize sustainable materials whenever possible. From wallets to yoga bags to men’s briefcases, they use vegan leather for a polished, high-end look. And they’re more than just being vegan as a fad, they are a “cruelty-free” zone in the office with vegan cupcakes and vegetarian potlucks on a recurring basis. Through and through, Matt & Nat exemplifies what it means to live simply and beautifully.

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3. HFS Collective

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | 100% vegan, cruelty-free, ethically-made, PVC-free
Materials | 100% organic cotton, hemp, recycled plastic bottles, vegan leather, ultra-suede
Price Range | $35–$395

HFS Collective prides themselves on creating high-quality bags that remind us to experience more and hold less. Their hands-free belt bags are perfect for traveling, a full day out, or just running errands—with options in varying sizes and colors. Belt bags not your thing? Don’t worry—they have wallets, crossbodies, and even a wine/water bottle holder, too. Their ethically-made bags are designed with eco-friendly and sustainable materials, right here in the US. They truly are the best of both worlds—HFS Collective is doing good and looking good.

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4. Sole Society

Based In | Culver City, CA
Ethics | Vegan, Eco-Conscious
Materials | Vegan Leather
Price Range | $24.95–$84.95

Sole Society is better known for their shoes, apparel, accessories, and more—but don’t miss out on their vegan handbag options. Their gorgeous bags come in a variety of natural colors like slate, charcoal, and tan, and some brighter, bolder colors to match your mood. Buttery soft yet sturdy, they carry a mix of satchels, totes, weekenders, and backpacks, so it’s a one-stop shop for all of your vegan leather needs. Best of all? They have extremely affordable prices, free shipping on orders over $50+, and styles added continuously.

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5. Stella McCartney

Based In | London, UK
Ethics | Vegan, cruelty-free, ethically-made
Materials | Vegetarian leather, ultra-suede, recycled polyester
Price Range | $385-$1,995

Of all the brands on this list, Stella McCartney takes the cake when it comes to luxury and impact. Their mission statement, ethics, and sustainable practices center around a world that treats people, planet, and animals equally. That’s why they avoid fur, seek out recycled materials, and work to reduce their environmental impact. You wouldn’t know it though at first glance, based on their glamorous and glitzy purses. With patterns that resemble leather or snakeskin, they opt for vegan alternatives that still give off designer vibes. We’re all about brands that will make us look and feel like a million bucks, while helping the planet in the process.

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6. Angela Roi

Based In | New York, NY
Ethics | Vegan, cruelty-free, ethically-made, gives back
Materials | Exquisite polyurethane leather (vegan leather)
Price Range | $85–$265

Angela Roi was born from two co-founders (Angela and Roi, did you guess?) who wanted to bring virtue to an otherwise competitive and wasteful world: fashion. Their vegan leather artisan purses are made ethically with premium materials, while remaining relatively affordable. Bucket bags, pouches, saddlebags—you name it, and they sell it, in stunning colors and with impeccable design. And they give back, too, supporting animals worldwide who otherwise might be mistreated or poached. Talk about a thoughtful brand.

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7. PINKSTIX

Based In | Ontario, Canada
Ethics | Vegan, cruelty-free, ethically-made, gives back
Materials | PETA-approved vegan leather
Price Range | $55-$75

PINKSTIX knows we don’t need to harm anyone or anything for products we love, and the same applies for their line of handbags. Their crossbodies, totes, and wallets come in vibrant colors and eclectic patterns that are sure to stand out above the rest. Using PETA-approved vegan leather, their Toronto-based design studio and Asian production partners collaborate to craft these well-loved bags that will last you a lifetime. And they’re not just about being eco-conscious and animal friendly, they also support a number of women’s empowerment causes, too. So you’ll be supporting causes that truly matter with your new handbag.

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8. Melie Bianco

Based In | Pico Rivera, CA
Ethics | Vegan, cruelty-free, ethically-made
Materials | Polyurethane leather (vegan leather)
Price Range | $34.80-$89.80

Mix together fair trade practices, eco-friendly materials, and a love of design, and you’ll get Melie Bianco. Their vegan handbags are loved by the likes of Marie Claire, Oprah Magazine, and Good Morning America, showing that luxury can still be affordable. With their gorgeous natural colors, designer details like bows and bamboo, and budget pricing for all of their handbags, we wouldn’t be surprised if we became lifelong shoppers for all of our purse needs. Most of all, we love their unparalleled business model, which takes ethical practices to the next level while also encouraging profit sharing amongst the entire team.

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9. Pixie Mood

Based In | Ontario, Canada
Ethics | 100% vegan, cruelty-free, ethically-made, gives back
Materials | Polyurethane leather (vegan leather), cork, faux suede
Price Range | $25-$90

Marrying together fashion and compassion since 2011, Pixie Mood sells simply stunning bags that don’t hurt our furry friends. Instead, they opt for vegan leather and a dash of cork or faux suede to create classic purses with a twist. And for the high-quality product you get, the price is seriously a steal no matter what you buy. Need some extra convincing? They give back to a number of causes as well, ranging from rescue centers to mental health support services. It’s pretty clear: the Pixie Mood team incorporates sustainability, mindfulness, and impact into everything they do.

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10. Hozen

Based In | Los Angeles, CA
Ethics | Vegan, cruelty-free, ethically-made, gives back
Materials | Synthetic leather, faux suede, recycled plastic bottles, natural rubber, organic cotton
Price Range | $135-$445

Made ethically in LA, Hozen bags use premium organic and upcycled materials for purses that are as bold as they are functional. Having perfected their craft with Italian man-made leather, they offer ruffle crossbodies, canteen round purses, drawstring bucket bags, and small duffels in colors that pop. (And 10% of each purchase alone goes to Mercy for Animals, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing cruelty towards animals.) They’re more than just talking the (vegan) talk; they walk the (vegan) walk, too.

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