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The 18 Best Vegan Designer Bags to Delight You in 2024

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Vegan designer bags are becoming more and more popular, but how can you be sure it’s fully vegan? Hermès recently announced the launch of a mushroom leather bag that isn’t even vegan (though it was reported as a vegan bag in the press) – it has calfskin trim. Yikes!

As a longtime vegan of over a decade, I know it can be tricky finding a high-quality, cruelty-free handbag, so I put together this list to help you find a 100% vegan designer bag.

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My top picks of best vegan designer bags:

Our Pick
Stella McCartney handbags

Iconic bags from the famous designer whose whole bag range is vegan.

Shop Stella McCartney

Best for sustainability
Svala handbags

Svala make vegan bags out of innovative, eco-friendly fabrics like vegan pineapple leather, or Mirum, the first plastic-free, biodegradable vegan leather.

Shop Svala

Best for classic styles
Watson & Wolfe handbags

Practical, well-made and always in style, Watson & Wolfe makes classic bags in vegan form.

Shop Watson & Wolfe

Eco-friendly luxury
Frida Rome Bags

These made-to-order bags are handmade in Britain using vegan cactus leather.

Shop Frida Rome

High-end sustainability
Kaila Katherine bags

Kaila Katherine make high-end vegan luxury bags made from eco-friendly materials like vegan cactus leather.

Shop Kaila Katherine

Timeless designs
Angela Roi handbags

With a belief that you shouldn't have to sacrifice personal style for your values, Angela Roi makes timeless designs with vegan materials.

Shop Angela Roi

Best for high-performing vegan leather
von Holzhausen bags

von Holzhausen not just makes beautiful, classic vegan bags, but they make their own high-quality, recycled vegan leather made to outperform animal leather.

Shop von Holzhausen

Made in Spain
Canussa bags

High-quality, durable vegan bags made in Spain and designed in classic styles.

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If you’re looking for designer bags, non leather ones aren’t always the easiest to come by but more and more are available these days.

So, which designer bags are vegan (remember: the previously mentioned Hermès mushroom bag is not actually vegan)?

In this article, I’m outlining some of the best vegan luxury bags from 100% vegan brands, as well as vegan options from some mainstream designers.

The best vegan handbags are not just animal product-free but also eco-friendly and treat workers fairly too, so I’ve noted the sustainability and labour credentials of brands where applicable.

Read on to see the best vegan bags.

1. Stella McCartney vegan bags

Features: vegan-friendly company

My top pick: Falabella tiny tote

Stella McCartney is synonymous with vegan designer handbags, as arguably the biggest mainstream designer who eschews leather and therefore the most famous of all luxury vegan handbag brands.

While her entire collection isn’t vegan, because she uses wool and silk, as a lifelong vegetarian all of Stella McCartney’s bags and shoes are vegan and crafted using cruelty free vegan leather.

Stella McCartney vegan handbags command a high price; that’s because they combine luxury, excellent craftmanship and vegan style. 

Of Stella McCartney’s luxury vegan handbags, my pick is her iconic Falabella bag tiny tote (pictured bottom photo). This shoulder bag has become a classic, and Rihanna, Anne Hathaway and other celebrities have sported it.

The Falabella vegan leather handbag is made with vegan leather made of 70% recycled polyester and lined with 100% recycled polyester, and the strap is the signature diamond-cut chain strap.

There are many variations of the Falabella vegan leather tote bag, but my pick of the vegan luxury handbags is the tiny tote.

One thing to note is that with the large Falabella tote, like many other big tote bags, it can be easy to “lose” items inside the cavernous bag, so I recommend putting essentials in a small zippered pouch.

Or go for a smaller designer vegan bag like the tiny tote or a crossbody.

I was incredibly lucky and found my Stella tote (featured top left above) on ebay at a bargain price – though I did have to repair the handles.

In my opinion, these are the best luxury vegan handbags if you want a bag from a well-known name.

See more Stella McCartney bags here.


2. Alkeme Atelier

Features: 100% vegan, uses sustainable materials

My top pick: Water moon satchel

Alkeme Atelier’s luxury vegan bags aren’t just beautiful, but good for the planet.

Their vegan leather designer bags are made with eco-friendly faux leather such as cactus leather, bamboo and grape leather, made using waste from the wine industry. 

They even make their own leather, Alkeme vegan fiber to use in their designer vegan leather bags, which is made with 70% recycled materials and weighs 1/3 of leather’s weight. It’s also water- and scratch-resistant and made to last longer than animal leather.

My pick is the Water moon satchel (pictured on right above), an eye-catching fan design with circular, gold-toned handles. It has a zipper closure and an interior pocket, and comes in 8 colors, including an eye-catching yellow hue.

The Water Moon satchel probably won’t be your everyday bag (though who knows!) but it’s perfect for when you want to stand out.

See more bags from Alkeme Atelier.


3. Watson & Wolfe non leather designer purses

Features: 100% vegan company

My top pick: Maddox vegan leather tote

Watson & Wolfe make non leather designer bags in classic styles. If you’ve ever looked at high end vegan bags and just wished for one in a style that will never go out of fashion and work with any outfit, Watson & Wolfe is the brand for you.

My top pick of luxury vegan tote bags is the Maddox tote in black with striking cobalt blue accents. It’s large enough to make the perfect work bag, as it will fit your 15 inch laptop.

It’s made of premium Italian vegan leather and lined with fabric made of recycled plastic bottles. There’s an exterior slip pocket and an interior zippered pocket.

Or, if you’re looking for vegan designer crossbody bags, they have classic-style crossbody options too.

If you want an out-there statement piece, then this isn’t the brand for you (try Alkeme Atelier‘s vegan luxury purses), but if you have a classic sense of style, Watson & Wolfe bags will suit you perfectly.

See more styles from Watson & Wolfe.


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7 thoughts on “The 18 Best Vegan Designer Bags to Delight You in 2024”

  1. Love this but just a small note, the Hermes bag isn’t vegan! Yes it’s made from mushroom leather which is fantastic but they’ve still used calfskin for the handles and trim, making the whole concept pointless. They completely missed the mark. :(

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  2. Just as you’d expect to see plant-based leathers, I suggest you check out SEGAN (segan.earth). I know the designers and founders first-hand. They use 100% plant-based and plastic-free leather (I think it’s called Mirum) and even put the name of the person who made the bag on the bag. I’m sure they’d be happy to give you more information.

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    • I believe the main material is waxed canvas (which I’ve heard before is actually the most durable material for bags!) but the trim/handles are leather unfortunately… If you find one without any trim or handles then yes! But just a quick glance on their site I couldn’t find any (even the little pouches say they have calfskin trim). :(

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