Bags, bags, bags! And more bags! Looking for some sustainable purse options, but vegan isn’t a requirement? This is the list for you. These bags are all made sustainably with eco-consciousness at the forefront in decision making. However, these are brands that do include leather in their production. If you are looking for vegan options check this list, and if you are wondering about the sustainability of leather check out my post on it here.
Handcrafted in East London, Paradise Row preserves an endangered community of artisans, employing and promoting local trade through their beautiful bags. Each one is made with vegetable tanned leather and celebrated the legacy of the East End community.
Aagé wants you to slow down and change your consumption habits and their classic bags reflect this. Each one is made at a family-owned business in Florence with sustainable Italian Dani leather. Why is this leather sustainable you ask? Because the tannery used to make it is one of the world’s most environmentally and socially conscious tanneries.
Family-produced products made to help disadvantaged Cambodian women and provide them with safe, dignified, and sustainable work is what you find with Malia Designs. They partner with artisan cooperatives and use eco-friendly and recycled materials in their products and bags.
Colorful and functional these N’Damus London bags hail from its namesake city. The leather used is sturdy and vegetable tanned and the production is with a facility in the city that is small, handmade, and been in the business for over 20 years.
The Bai Minority still makes their home in Yunnan, China, and still practices some of their traditional crafts like embroidery. Youmeng marries British vegetable tanned leather with the traditional embroidery of the Bai culture she grew up with. The bags are really pieces of artwork that help preserve a culture in an ecologically sound way.
Precise and eco- cautious. Carolina Wong’s bags use engineered weaving techniques and environmentally sound practices. They are made with vegetable tanned leather and organic cotton lining.
Hailing from Austria, these aren’t your average Maria Von Trapp bags. Although, I bet she’d like them too. The bags are roomy and perfect for your daily needs. They are unlined which makes for more space and the straps made vegetable tanned leather. So more environmentally friendly than chrome and better for your skin too.
Known for her signature boxy style, these Sophie Hulme bags are made for a fashionista. The style is elegant, without much embellishment, they definitely embody the less is more motto. Sophie’s Studio also works exclusively with E.U. Tanneries who use vegetable tanned leather. The bags are then produced in Hungary and Italy, both places known for their artisan craftwork.
A brand bringing traditional Southeast Asian craft to the world with their exquisite bags. Kayu partners with female artisans in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The materials are all local and sustainable. Look out for straw, wood, and shell
Antonello was started to preserve the traditions of Italian weaving and do it sustainably. The bags are produced on traditional looms, and the materials include local wool, local natural dyes, and regenerated cotton.
Delicate little purses that are the perfect accessory to any more formal event. The bags are cloth and made with reclaimed vintage kimonos. Aka totally upcycled luxury.
illicia combines traditional craftwork with sustainable sourcing. People have been working with leather for centuries. Artisans use these skills to delicately hand stitch each bag.
Khokho uses sustainable grass reefs from Swaziland. They are water resistant and naturally dyed. The techniques used are the traditional woven panels found in Swaziland.
Based in San Francisco, Future Glory co. sources it’s vegetable tanned leather domestically within the U.S. The entire operation is women only. They also continue to train new crafts women through their paid apprentice program.
Worldwide artisan collaboration. Tribe Alive produces handmade products that let women lift themselves up out of poverty with fair trade wages. They’ve collaborated with artisans in places like Honduras, Texas, and India.
Partnering with some of the world’s most marginalized communities, Mercado Global works to be agents of change for these rural indigenous women. There artisans get to participate in leadership programs and business education workshops.
Mar y Sol– Sustainable 17
Stylish enough to be trendy, cute enough for the trend to last. I love the Pom Pom accents they include. These are handwoven by artisans in Madagascar. Mar y Sol uses responsibly sourced materials like sisal from the island for its bags.
Handmade with natural vachetta leather, a traditionally treated leather using natural bark, leaves, and roots. All Nisolo products are ethically made with fair trade wages, healthcare, and a safe work environment.
Handcrafted in Ghana. AAKS is my go to for bright colors and cool designs and shades. The weaving techniques are traditional and the women weavers are ethically employed.
Designed in Los Angeles and made in Spain with vegetable tanned leather. The leather is also sourced within Spain. The design is simple with few frills, what stands out about VereVerto is the stunning color.
Made in the U.S. from vegetable tanned leather. These totes are perfect for holding bigger essentials like your laptop. They also come with detachable handles that focus on comfort.
Lemur clutched are minimal but robust. They are small but fit all the essentials you need for your day. (There is even a side opening for your phone which is super convenient. They are made in Denmark using vegetable tanned leather.
Functional German Design from Hanover born Philipp Bree. The leather used is E.U. sourced and vegetable tanned and the lining is natural linen.
Responsible production meets minimalism with these handbags. Lutz Morris sources their leather from independent leather tanneries in Germany and donates a portion of their proceeds to Every Mother Counts.
Handmade and classic. That’s what the MYR bag delivers. They are made in workshops in Stockholm and Öland. The leather is Swedish, organic, and vegetable-tanned from a Tärnsjö tannery.