There are SO MANY fantastic vegan purses out there these days. If you can dream it – you can bet some lovely brand has already made it – sustainably and charitably to boot.
From luxe evening clutches to structured messengers and everything in-between, you can fill your wardrobe with a cruelty free look for every occasion, no matter your budget, and I will encourage you every step of the way.
But me personally? I’m not looking for a million different bags – not today at least. I’m just looking for one. THE one. The one I will carry to work every single day because I do not have time to move my life from one bag to another in the mornings. The one that must hold not only my wallet, lipgloss, phone, and keys, but also my lunch, all of my desk-snacks, my favorite hand cream, an emergency hair brush, paperwork, glass water bottle, sometimes my morning smoothie cup, sometimes a sweater, and whatever my son has in his hands as we hobble down my apartment stairs at 7:30 in the morning – me in heels carrying a toddler, his monkey backpack, my bag, and coffee. Always coffee. Make two trips to the car? NEVER.
This year when I get my tax refund (the only day of the year it’s fun to be a broke single mom) I’m going to retire my 10 year old Marc Jacobs (I haven’t always been broke) whose shoulder-strap buckle likes to give out on me at the most in-opportune moments, and invest in something that will make my mornings a little bit nicer.
I have four requirements: 1. It has to be big enough to hold all of my stuff. 2. It has to go over my shoulder somehow. 3. It has to be well made and built to last. 4. It has to go with everything – or at least look so good that it doesn’t matter if it doesn’t match what I’m wearing!
Here are my options…
1. Stella McCartney Falabella:
Haha, just kidding. Maybe in an alternate universe where I made better choices and ended up being a doctor or something… then this would be yet another excellent choice on my part. Well done, bizarro Stefanie.
2. Angela & Roi Sunday Tote:
Now this is more like it – I’ve been dying over this bag for a while now and I was thisclose to splurging when I saw them in person at the PETA shopping event last fall… they are too beautiful for words. Is it finally time get one of my very own?!
3. Leni Penn:
I’ve posted about my love for this bag many times. It just seems like such a great, easy, everyday bag. Looks great too, obviously, and sturdy enough to meet my needs for sure… are you the one, Leni?
4. Freedom of Animals Veronika Tote:
I mean, come on. So elegant. So beautiful. If I carried this everyday I would be the classiest vegan lady in all the land. It’s a bit out of my price range today, but it’s definitely high up there on my someday list. (Detachable shoulder strap not pictured.)
5. Elezar Emma Satchel:
I guess this technically isn’t a “tote,” but I love it anyway. The hardware, the pockets, the zip top with a flap… pretty and functional and handmade in Los Angeles. What more could I want?!
6. Harveys Streamline Tote:
The seatbelt bag is looking so chic these days. The fabric element might make it a little too casual to go with most of my work outfits, but I love it anyway. This would also make an awesome diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag for all of my fellow cool moms.
7. Matt & Nat Baxter:
I love this new bag by Matt & Nat – it’s the perfect combination of soft and sturdy. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap so you can wear it cross body too. Actually, there are A LOT of cute Matt & Nat bags with that handy little feature – too many to list here!
8. Wilby Primrose Tote:
This made in the UK bag is beautiful, made out of sustainable cork, and enormous. Yes, yes, and yes. Please!
Okay. I have no idea how I’m ever going to decide on just one of these bags. Now that I’ve sorted through them all I’m thinking maybe I could somehow justify buying two?? What do you guys think? HELP!