Just like you don't need to spend a ton on your outfit for it to look expensive, you don't necessarily need to be carrying a real leather bag for it to look luxurious, especially when there are so many vegan alternatives that look just as elevated as the real thing. Some people might turn to faux-leather options to shop on a budget, while others have ethical or environmental concerns with real leather. But regardless of the motivation, there's no denying that shoppers are more curious than ever about vegan leather.
Last year, Lyst reported that interest in "vegan leather" had spiked, as searches for the term had increased 69% from the previous year. In its annual Conscious Fashion Report, Lyst further explained that the term now garners an average of 33,100 online searches monthly. With statistics like that, there's no denying it: Faux leather is happening.
Seeing as it's our duty to bring you the best shopping guides, we started making our own edit of the best vegan handbag brands on the market. Whether you're looking to add a new carryall to your collection or are simply curious to see how these vegan bags compare (hint: they're really chic), keep reading to discover the ten brands that we have to thank for making faux leather look so good.
Known for outfitting cool girls everywhere in its signature laid-back but playful aesthetic, Simon Miller is a major source for some of the coolest vegan-leather handbags out there. Look here for shapes that feel forward, like its Puffin and Bend bags, and a range of fun, anti-boring colors.
One compelling reason to turn to a vegan-leather bag is the attractive price point. JW Pei is a name to know in this space—not just because its price tags look like they're missing a zero at the end but also because the colors, shapes, and trends the brand hits on have fashion insiders reaching for its pieces over designer labels (yes, really).
No conversation about vegan fashion is complete without a mention of Stella McCartney. The iconic London brand was a sustainability leader way before it was top of mind for the rest of the industry, and because of that, its vegan-leather accessories, especially the bags, are impeccably designed.
Another key name in the vegan-leather space is Nanushka. You probably know the brand for its sumptuous knits or faux-leather separates, which are its signatures, but did you know that its bags are also made from leather alternatives? Thanks to the premium design elements and buttery-soft feel, you'd never know.
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Although Senreve's offering does include traditional leather bags, its vegan lineup of structured totes and bucket bags that mirror the design and finish of the main line impresses us. We especially love how realistic the brand's croc-effect bags look.
House of Want
There's definitely a misconception that vegan-leather goods only come in boring earth tones and yawn-inducing styles, but House of Want is banishing that narrative. The line of wallet-friendly bags couldn't be any more trendy or statement-making with its unique elements like resin chain links.
Street Level is a label that was unknown to me until the croissant-inspired baguette bag below jumped out at me as I was scrolling through Nordstrom's new arrivals. It turns out that each of the brand's functional but stylish bags is crafted from faux leather that you'd never guess rings up for under $50.
Matt & Nat
If you're already familiar with shopping for vegan leather, you likely already know Matt & Nat. The brand has made a name for itself with sleek, timeless staples made from faux leather.
Mali + Lili
Another wallet-friendly label we'd recommend is Mali + Lili, whose roomy tote bags will carry you from work to the weekend.