As consumers, we’re passionate about knowing whether the people that make our clothes and accessories earn fair wages and work in safe, ethical conditions. Below we’ve compiled a list of our favorite brands that check those boxes—and make gorgeous eco-friendly totes, handbags, and weekenders for everyday use, summer travels, and beyond.
Some of these bags and purses are American-made while others are upcycled. The list includes vegan totes and artisan-made handbags, too! (And for secondhand designer bags, check out Vestiaire Collective!)
Best For | Upcycled leather totes, wallets, & duffles
Ethics | Ethically made by women, sustainable practices & materials, competitive wages, Leather Working Group certified
Price Range | $40–$300
Ships To | Worldwide
ABLE understands that when we invest in women, families and communities are lifted up, too. The vast majority of its team is made up of women, including across Ethiopia, Brazil, Mexico, and India; all are paid living wages, paid healthcare, and ownership within the company. When making leather goods, the material is sourced from hides that would have been otherwise discarded, using less energy than it takes to create vegan leather. Find crossbody purses, totes, shoulder bags, backpacks and more, in rich colors like cognac and whiskey.
2. Pixie Mood
Best For | On-trend vegan bags, wallets
Ethics | PETA approved vegan, responsibly made in Asia, biodegradable packaging, climate-positive, recycled & sustainable materials, gives back to 1% For The Planet & other causes
Price Range | $25–$175 CAD, $20–$140 USD
Ships To | Currently US & Canada
Pixie Mood’s handbags are socially responsible, sustainable, and stylish. Since 2010, this brand has crafted functional and fun bags made from recycled and solvent-free vegan leather. Based out of Canada, Pixie Mood has gained worldwide recognition for its standout products—RFID-equipped wallets and cases, monogrammed pouches, and chic crossbodies. With dozens of styles and every color of the rainbow, you’ll be sporting one of these pieces for years to come.