Living a vegan and cruelty free lifestyle shouldn’t just begin and end with food. From makeup to homeware and cosmetics to fashion it’s getting easier by the day to cut out animal products from most aspects of daily life.

Today we’re talking fashion with compassion, handbags to be precise! For far too long leather has been the chosen and most popular material for producing bags. Just as killing animals for food is extremely harmful to the planet, not to mention cruel, killing animals or using by-products for fashion also significantly contributes to damaging the environment and, in this modern day, is simply unnecessary.

If you’re on the look-out for a new cruelty-free bag, rather than just opting for a ‘non leather’ version, it’s always best to do some research first as it’s possible that some designs have been produced with non-vegan products, such as animal-based adhesive.

There are many vegan-friendly bags available to choose from so to give you a helping hand, Not To Die For has rounded up a few of our current favourites to help you choose your new compassionate arm candy.

And the other great news about vegan leather handbags, whether high street or designer, they’re often much more affordable than their animal leather counterparts!

  • Ceibo is a vegan handbag-accessory brand created and handmade by Maria Cadena in her Houston, Texas studio and ships worldwide.

    This cruelty free brand is committed to animal friendly fashion. No animal-based materials are used in any product and Ceibo is always looking for using better materials, fabrics or textiles such as polyurethane (PU) and plant-based straws like raffia and toquilla.

    Mini Circle in Coral, $90


  • Mashu London is sustainable and vegan accessories label specialising in handbags, designed in London and made in Greece. Made by London-based designer Ioanna Topouzoglou, the whole range is PETA approved 100% vegan.

    Mashu is committed to using premium sustainable materials and are highly conscious of the health and welfare of the planet.

    Iris Blue Velvet, £285.00


  • LaBante London is beautiful and ethical brand, born out of a combined love of animals, fashion and the wider planet.

    LaBante’s promise is to develop beautiful and stunning designs and provide a range of vegan accessories all made with love and to wear with pride!

    Dawson Taupe Carryall Bag, £149.90


  • Each stunning Jill Milan handbag is made in Italy by world-class artisans, bags are sewn by hand and the metalwork on Jill Milan’s bags is also handmade.

    Jill Milan has a strong commitment to animal welfare charities, and donates to numerous animal welfare organisations, including the rescue and retire or retrain former racehorses.

    Wianno Tote in Olive, £324.00


  • Free People’s vegan range makes going stylishly cruelty-free from head to toe a whole lot easier.

    Faux leather, suede-esque and animal-friendly ingredients are used to create their vegan clothing, bags, shoes and cruelty-free makeup and skincare.

    Golden Valley Vegan Messenger, £68.00