I’ve put together a list of the best ethical handbags, separating leather from vegan, for those with preferences.
Mamuye Tote from Able
The makers of Able bags are women who have overcome extraordinary circumstances and have been empowered to work in a job with dignity. Able hold transparency with utmost importance and share the true impact of each purchase. Their bags are perfect staples for all types of occasions.
Your favourite ethical basics and wardrobe staples brand also do handbags. Everlane is transparent in their costs, supply chain and partners with ethical factories which are given compliance audits ensure fair and safe working conditions. Much like their apparel Everlane’s bags are well made, stylish and functional.
Nisolo’s mission is to change the fashion industry into one that respects and uplifts people and the planet. They offer side bags, pouches, weekender bags, and totes, made ethically from the highest quality leathers and canvas. Nisolo keeps a close relationship with their partners in Peru, Mexico, and locations throughout Africa where their independent artisans are based.
Designed in California, made in Ethiopia. Parker Clay works with traditional tanneries that source leather as a by-product of the livestock industry and recycle all the water used in the tanning process. You’ll find bags for both men and women, of all shapes, sizes, and colours.
Cuyana classic shoulder bag
Totes, cross bodies, saddlebags, and even backpacks. Cuyana works with artisans in both Italy and the USA to create the highest quality bags that will last you a lifetime. Cuyana’s lean closet program also encourages customers to buy less, but better items.
Duffle & Co.
Duffle & Co. use small local suppliers, to help them expand their workshops and create more fair, safe, jobs in the community. The handbags are handmade, and the team is always looking out to improve their products and reduce their impact on the planet. Duffle & Co. also give back to two charities with each sale made.
The Loyal Workshop
The Loyal Workshop is a team working to stop sex trafficking. They rescue women from the sex trade and employ them to make beautiful leather satchels, and join a community who support them. The founders are New Zealanders with a passion for justice.
Raven & Lily
Rich brown and dark black leather staples, Raven & Lily offer a range of beautiful designs. Every bag they sell helps to support microloans for female entrepreneurs, whilst growing a thriving ecosystem of fair wages, health care, sustainable incomes, and tools to thrive.