It’s your lucky day, because we’ve just made finding the perfect vegan handbags, boots, and shoes for fall easier than ever (cue sighs of relief).
But before we get down to business, can anyone tell me whether or not a 30-year-old woman (who’s like 17-ish at heart) is too old to make a Christmas list? Yes? No? Well, whatever it is, I hope you enjoy my picks as much as we do!
This high-fashion, independent label is touted as being America’s first 100 percent vegan handbag brand, but it doesn’t stop there – this brand also promises that your purchases are also completely sweatshop-free. Started by animal lover Sugandh G. Agrawal in 2009, after quitting her job as an industrial designer at KitchenAid, this handbag line is a trendy, high-end name that all cruelty-free fashion lovers should know. “With styles ranging from totes, satchels, cross-body bags, wallets and backpacks GUNAS has a bag to suit your every mood and lifestyle.” #Yas
1. The Radiance
Because sometimes you just need a dressy clutch. This pretty little purse is perfect for going out, special events, and those times when you want to look glamorous. Crafted from recycled metal hardware, recycled plastic bottle lining, and all vegan textured eco polyurethane, this gem of a bag is a must-have for fall fêtes.
Super feminine, and also on trend with that rose quartz hue, this is such a sweet bag for fall. The dusty color is perfect for brown, tan, and cream pairings, and would work just as well for work as is would for the weekend. The faux leather is actually made from textured eco polyurethane, and 18k gold plated details are made from recycled metal. Carry this bow adorned bag anytime you need a little extra girlyness in your life.
A leader in vegan handbags, and now also featuring a shoe collection, which I’m definitely digging, this cruelty-free company has its head and heart in the right place. Inspired by “Mat(t)erial and Nature,” that is how this business derived its name and vision. Since 1995, the company has been using vegan materials, and since 2007, has been using recycled plastic for handbag liners. Matt & Nat’s designs never disappoint, always upholding the company’s motto to “live beautifully.”
3. The Aki
Referred to as a belt bag by Matt & Nat, let’s just go ahead and call it what it really is: a fanny pack. But, it’s also the hippest waist-slung pouch I’ve seen, and the one you didn’t know you needed…until now. This is the ultimate holiday shopping must-have, not to mention a piece that you can use year round thanks to its sheer convenience factor. The Aki is also, dare I say it, kinda cool. I like this color combo because it’s not in your face with the whole fanny pack idea, lending a chic vibe with sleek lines.
4. The Kishu
Wow, not only is the architecture of this hobo bag striking, but it was super difficult to choose between the colors this beauty comes in. The handbag featured here is in Plum, but there’s also Artichoke, Pimento, Cement, and Black, which you’ll just have to see for yourself on the website. This is the perfect, slightly oversized carry-all bag for fall, and a piece that’s perfect for work or weekend.
5. The Knight
Matt & Nat’s shoes definitely deserved a place on this list, especially because they’re so beautiful, and perfect for the chic, modern woman who would also love the selection of cruelty-free handbags. This cut-out ankle bootie in Chili, boasts a beautiful, warm color, with a keen attention to detail that will definitely set these shoes apart from others this season. Perfect for wearing with jeans, long skirts, and just about anything you can put a pair of tights with. Don’t pass these by!
6. The Potter
Um, yes please! This hip sneaker-boot is for sure on my wish list this year. These would be so freaking cool with skinny jeans and flannels, oversized cableknit sweaters and leggings, and all sorts of other casual outfits, which is how I like to roll in the fall. Holiday shop all day in these vegan lace-ups.
Cri de Coeur has, by far, the hippest selection of vegan shoes around. They just call out to me in a way that not many other shoes do, especially if you’re looking for something statement making or even a little off the cuff. Fortunately, the geniuses behind this brand, whose name happens to translate to “cry from the heart,” have a soft spot for animals that we can all get behind. Gina and Julie are proud of the high quality materials they’ve chosen, the company’s celebrity following, and the manufacturing process, which is described as being “ethically produced from harvest to high-street.”
7. The Lorelei
Yes, yes, and more yes. These super sweet, pointy toe ankle tie flats in vegan suede are the cutest and most unique shoes for fall I’ve seen in a good while. Perfect for pairing with sweater dresses, tights, and even trousers for work, these autumn beauties are just too adorbs to pass up. You can also rest assured that these align with your values, as they contain no animal-derived materials and are made in an ethical, sweatshop-free factory.
8. The Leilana
I was sold at “oxfords,” but with the spotted exterior, these hip shoes that could fall into the menswear category are just so cool and wearable. These all vegan kicks are made from faux calf hair to create that leopard look, but they come in other colors that are a tad more tame. The wood heel is a beautiful contrast, making these surprisingly practical to wear with skater skirts and knee-high socks, slim leg trousers and sweaters for work, and even a pair of cuffed shorts outfitted with opaque tights.
9. The Arden
Vegan boots can be hard to come by, especially when you’re looking for a cruelty pair that reaches or exceeds knee height. Luckily, Cri de Coeur has an awesome selection of really trendy boots and several tall styles to choose from, including this really cool pair of knee-high boots that contain zero animal anything. These are the perfect wear everywhere pair of boots you need for fall.
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