Spring has sprung, and it’s time to get out with a style that swaps winter’s saturated hues for something lighter and brighter. No matter what adventures you’re planning this spring, you’ll need a cute bag to carry all the necessities. Spring trends include soft florals, pale tones, understated patterns, and unexpected details—but the runways are buzzing with an even more important style standard. Animal-friendly luxury fashion is quickly wiping out the antiquated practice of supporting torture by wearing the skins and furs of animals. Vegan leather is dominating the racks, and luxury designers such as Stella McCartney are leading by example. Thankfully, luxury vegan handbags are affordable, for the simple reason that you’re paying for style rather than slaughter.
To help you choose from the hottest bags, we’ve selected some of our favorites so that you can get yours before they sell out:
Gucci has teamed up with singer and animal activist Billie Eilish for the launch of a vegan version of its asymmetrical Horsebit 1955 bag, made with Demetra, Gucci’s in-house vegan material. Demetra—vegan leather made from a blend of viscose, wood pulp, and corn-based plastics—is a much better choice for animals and the environment. By leaving leather and exotic skins in the past, luxury brands like Gucci can spare the lives of countless cows, snakes, alligators, and other animals while making fashion-forward goods.
PETA Honorary Director Pamela Anderson has teamed up with vegan handbag brand ASHOKA Paris for a new collection featuring biodegradable vegan leather made from apple skins. This “PETA-Approved Vegan” collection includes four bag styles: the Pamela Box, Pamela Pouch, Pamela Backpack, and Pamela Shopping Bag. Each is available in four luxurious colors: black, nude, terracotta, and red.
Lost Woods offers handcrafted vegan leather bags made of MIRUM, a plastic-free alternative to animal skins. The material is durable, water-resistant, and of excellent quality. These bags are Earth-friendly and attentively made by a small team of artisans in Portugal.
Luxury brand Fossil launched the Kier tote collection as part of its “Make Time for Good” initiative to use more sustainable materials—that means more animal-free materials. This bag is made with cactus leather from Mexican company Desserto, which is a “PETA-Approved Vegan” material that helps protect both cows and the environment. The bag comes in four colors—black, brown, pine green, and espresso—which are great for any season.
OG vegan brand Matt & Nat offers an impressive variety of handbag styles in on-trend colors. The playful shape of the ERIKA manages to look both youthful and effortlessly chic. Made of durable recycled vegan leather, this bag sits comfortably at your side and holds a lot more than its compact shape might lead you to believe.
Nothing is quite as timeless as a casual crossbody bag. This bucket bag is simple, stylish, and made by a PETA Business Friend that supports animal rights efforts worldwide.
Stand out like a flamingo with the vegan Ostrich Luxury Gym Bag in Pink by PETA Business Friend Nevele11:
Doshi has a trove of high-quality vegan handbags, wallets, backpacks, and briefcases for the compassionate fashionista. The Doshi Large Classic Brief is a stylish and functional bag with a scratch-resistant vegan leather shell that’s perfect for wherever your adventures take you.
Check out this cute vegan handbag from De-Vesi, a PETA Business Friend:
Whether you’re going glamping or visiting family for the weekend, a tote is a necessity. The Sadie Tote by vegan designer Pixie Mood even has an additional inner pouch, so you can be sure you’ll have the space to pack everything you need.
This tote by Svala is made of gold-speckled cork. Svala is at the forefront of sustainable fashion, using other innovative materials, too, like Piñatex and recycled materials. These materials are much better for the environment than leather made of animal skin, and they’re durable and chic.
Vegan fashion house Jeane & Jax is chock-full of swoon-worthy choices. One of our favorites is the KENNEDY Croco Trim Satchel:
If springtime activities have you pining for smaller accessories, the slim and sleek Bora bag by Portuguese eco-boutique Eve is just what you need. It combines natural cork with a geometric pattern, adding sophisticated detail to any outfit.
Whether you choose one of our luxury vegan handbag picks or want to explore the countless other options online and in stores, you can be proud to promote compassion with fashion that feels as good as it looks. For more information on the world of animal-friendly fashion, check out PETA’s fashion guide: