I was not compensated for this post. I received a handbag from 88 Handbags in exchange for this review. All opinions are entirely my own.
It should come as no big surprise that I have a bit of a handbag hoarding problem. The other day I went out to eat with a girlfriend and through raised eyebrows she indicated to my bucket bag and asked if it was new.
“NO!” I exclaimed, before chuckling and saying that yes, of course it is and I have a problem and someone needs to admit me to handbag rehab.
Anyway, I know my way around vegan handbags the way Sarah Jessica Parker distinguished between Louboutins. I have a few in my closet that aren’t completely vegan, most of them given to me as gifts, but I always prefer to shop ethically and patronize brands that don’t use animal products when given the chance.
Vegan handbags have come a long way over the years—when I first started buying them (around the time I became a vegetarian in 1997), they never held up very well. The handles would discolor; the edges would fray. Through much trial and tribulation, I’ve comprised a list of the best vegan handbags—based on originality, styles, price, and endurance.
Matt and Nat
I have a few items from Matt and Nat (all given to me by my boyfriend who clearly understands the key to my heart). I love this brand. These are some head-turning purses that hold up very well over time (they are available at a higher price point, so just something to keep in mind).
I actually don’t own any of their bags… yet. I just drool every time I see them pop up on social media and have heard really great things about them. Check out their line here and here’s a pic of a bag I’ve coveting for quite some time now 🙂 PS: They have a sale on their clearance items.
My local South Moon Under sells these handbags, and they have sales frequently so I own quite a few. Very pretty colors (this blue bag is my go-to airplane purse) and they are a very affordable option for anyone looking for a killer vegan purse. I’d give them a 6 out of 10, however, in terms of endurance.
Izzy and Ali
Another purchase from South Moon Under, this is a gorgeous satchel and the caramel color is perfect for the fall. One caveat—the bottom started to fray after the third outing (you can see in the photo), and though I wear it sparingly, it gets compliments wherever I go.
Shop Suey boutique
I actually wrote about this company previously (check out my full review here). I love this purse and it’s HUGE. My only complaint is that the hardware makes it very heavy for everyday use. Or maybe I just need to build up my arm muscles, ha!
A relative newcomer to the scene (at least for me!), 88 Handbags are available for purchase on Amazon and in a lot of specialty boutiques. I am now the proud owner of two of these cute bags and they are unbelievably cute and their prints are a bit different from some of the other handbags on the market. They even offer a line of convertible bags—just pop off the top, replace it with a new one, and voila! It’s like having two handbags for the price of one 🙂
I received the Jessica Color Block Crossbody in Navy, which even came with an extra- long cross body strap—perfect for curvy or tall gals. I really love this little purse, which has been coming with me everywhere lately. It’s a great size for your phone, keys, gloss, and mini wallet—just the essentials.
If you go to 88 Handbags and use coupon code mypixieblog10, you’ll even receive an extra 10% off your order!
Do you have a favorite vegan handbag brand? Please let me know in the comments!