Chic vegan handbags

The chicest vegan leather bags to upgrade your spring wardrobe

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From breakout new brands to old favourites, shopping for a new season vegan bag never felt this good. 

There was a moment in time when ’vegan’ and ‘style’ was a contradiction in terms, and those looking to make cruelty-free fashion choices were left with a selection of canvas bags, canvas bags and yes, you guessed it, more canvas bags. When it came to choosing a luxurious love-forever bag, finding a faux-leather style was virtually impossible. But those days are well and truly over. Vegan style has never been more influential and in 2020 fashion brands have taken heed. 

Powerhouse brands like Chanel, Gucci, Burberry and Versace are no longer working with exotic animal skins and a whole host of luxury labels are producing chic, fashion-forward accessories that are completely cruelty free. 

Some of fashion’s most prolific, most desired brands like Stella McCartney and Nanushka are taking that ethos a step further by only offering their sell-out designs in vegan leather options. 

So, whether you’ve been plant-based for a number of years, or have resolved to make 2020 your most sustainable (and stylish) year yet, Stylist has rounded up the vegan leather bags that look and feel every bit as luxurious as the real deal. 

  • JW Pei shoulder bag

    Introducing the chic tan handbag that you’ll be wearing all summer long. The vintage-inspired design hits the sweet spot between elegant and laidback, making it the perfect day-to-night bag. Constructed from a vegan leather that’s made from recycled plastic bottles, this must-have shoulder bag is as stylish as it is sustainable. 

    Shop Stella shoulder bag at JW Pei, £45

  • Nanushka belt bag

    Practical and stylish (yes, it is possible!), our love for the belt bag shows no signs of dimming. If you’ve longed to invest in a luxe belt bag but have been struggling to find cruelty-free designs then prepare yourself to fall hard for this sleek, black faux-leather design from Nanushka, the design-led label that just so happens to be vegan. 

    Shop Nanushka Lubo faux-leather belt bag at Matches Fashion, £300

  • Matt & Nat backpack

    Made for the woman who does it all, Matt & Nat’s vegan leather backpack is big enough for a 13” laptop, plus all your other everyday essentials. This light shade of blush makes for a fresh, spring-ready alternative to black and navy styles. 

    Shop Fabi backpack at Matt & Nat, £140

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