8 Ethical Handbag Brands For Every Style
Whether you’re fond of a clutch, cross-body, holdall or backpack, we’ve tracked down some of the best in brands when it comes to your bag.
A familiar name to many, McCartney is reframing the meaning of sustainability on a mainstream level. Quality and considered design is part of the brands identity, while being cautious about the fabric impact and the conditions for garment workers.
Created by artisans who have decades of experience in leather production, Issara was created to help communities and make quality leather goods. They use full grain leather and their bags "are crafted from a combination of luxurious twill, polished hardware and smooth Japanese zippers."
Using eco leather and hand woven cotton this bag, amongst many others, make Slate + Salt an eco fashion consumers dream. They work closely with Fair Trade Organisations to ensure that the quality of their products matches the quality of the lives of the people making them.
The Nisolo collection comprises of some of the most elegant and staple styles we found. They use contemporary design and ethical practices to make wearable styles in a range of colours. In this particular style they use Vachetta. "Natural vachetta leather is vegetable tanned leather with a natural or unfinished surface that develops a patina over time."
Matt & Nat is a vegan brand that prides itself on only using 100% recycled plastic for their bag linings. In sourcing for their products they also often use cork and rubber, to lessen their impact on the environment. Their factories also operate by the SA8000 standard.
Made in Italy, these bags support a cottage industry amongst people in Lucca. They are made by "using a cultivated fibre and does not contribute to deforestation. Paper that washes like fabric holding it’s form so it can be used over and over again promoting sustainability perfect for catering and homewares."
Raven + Lily bags are dyed using responsibly sourced natural vegetable dyes. The products are made in Addis Ababa, "Located in the capital of Ethiopia, our artisans in Addis Ababa cut, sew, stamp and package, our one-of-a-kind leather goods."Holding shot: Matt & Nat, 2017