Beyond Burlap: Sophisticated Vegan Purses
By Marisa Steinberg, August 1st, 2012
Between last fall’s fur vest moment and, like, every season’s leather motorcycle jacket craze, being an animal activist in fashion can be kind of a bummer. Thankfully, no matter which way the fashion winds blow, there will likely be a slew of designers putting an animal-friendly twist on the latest trends. Although the thought of being animal-conscious in the purse department once meant shapeless burlap sacks and casual carryalls, vegan purses are finally shaping up for occasions beyond the farmer’s market. The latest incarnation of leather-free bags are taking form as structured satchels and sleek clutches garnished in metallic hardware, proving that you can be as chic as you are compassionate. Take a look at our favorite vegan bags, imitating every creature from alligator to ostrich.
Stella McCartney Fold-Over Snake-Printed Clutch; $925, neimanmarcus.com
Lulu’s Sophisticated Lady Yellow Handbag; $52, lulus.com
Nasty Gal Spiked Crossbody Bag; $88, nastygal.com
Heather Belle Audrey Foldover Clutch; $325, heatherbelleco.com
Matt & Nat Beat Wristlet; $12, mattandnat.com