The hardy backpack is not just for those who like a practical solution to carrying around all their stuff (and it definitely isn’t only for hikers either). This vegan backpack selection includes some of the most stylish bags around, so as well as giving your posture a break, you’ll have a thing of beauty on your back. You just may not be able to see the admiring glances though! If you can’t find the colour you want, check out the brands mentioned, as all offer a wider range of colours not shown here. And of course there’s always more inspiration to be had from the Immaculate Vegan Shop page. Happy browsing.
Miley Small Vegan Backpack in Bordeaux (featured image)
The Miley backpack from LaBante London is a beautiful structured backpack in a rich Bordeaux sumptuous faux leather. British brand LaBante London is a labour of love, which founder Vanita created when she saw a gap in the market for high quality vegan fashion products that were not only beautiful and vied for, but were also cruelty-free and sustainable, and at the same time accessible. She decided to start LaBante in 2009, with an ethos of ‘Fashion With Respect’, producing bags and jewellery that were covetable but also vegan, environmentally-friendly and ethically produced.
The company grew and quickly gained the interest of fashion buyers, as well as press – they were named by The Telegraph and The Independent, among others, as one of the top vegan fashion brands to watch. LaBante’s aim is to give consumers the experience of luxury and of the finest craftsmanship, while respecting our natural world. This means that their suppliers need to confirm to strict manufacturing standards (they must have a SGS certification, and undergo a social audit) and all materials are ethically sourced. They aim to change people’s opinion of faux leather handbags, showing that they can be just as sumptuous and ‘buttery’ as real leather, while being humane – and the team travel wide to source the softest and best quality faux leather they can find. They also use recycled products wherever possible – all their bag linings are made of recycled polyester, and their dust bags and swing tags use recycled materials.
Dean Vegan Backpack in Olive by Matt and Nat
This backpack from the Vintage Collection by Canadian vegan brand Matt and Nat is a style that’s crossed over from last season (it’s a bit of a classic) and no wonder. It’s super roomy (it fits a 13″ laptop) and has several compartments, including side pockets, a front zipper pocket and internal zipper and smart phone pockets. Plus its boxy style says ‘modern’ and ‘high fashion’. It also comes in black and tan.
Zip Detail Vegan Backpack in Black by The Lovely Things
This backpack keeps selling out it’s so popular – but it does get restocked, so if it’s not available, just keep an eye out for its return. It’s a slim design, with simple gold hardware and a zip decoration at either side, plus several compartments inside and out. The Lovely Things is a British vegan brand that’s known for its incredibly good value products (the prices are so affordable I challenge you to only buy one thing), and it’s just launched a new line of cork crossbody bags and wallets in simple minimalist styles. It also has a small line of clothing, jewellery and other accessories (like scarves), and brings in new styles all the time, so it’s always worth having a look to see what’s just come in.
Metropolitan Vegan Backpack in Brown by Lee Coren
This backpack is a city backpack that’s described as being ‘for your daily get-things-done needs, but also for travel, commuting and exploring’. The lust for travel and adventures permeates much of this Israeli designer’s ethos and her sumptious bag collection, which is really varied and includes some amazing luxurious prints, as well as more minimalist designs. This rucksack is really light, but still roomy and able to carry a lot, while a hidden compartment in the back secures your belongings on the go.
Drawstring Vegan Backpack in Blush by JW Pei
This backpack comes in five other colours, but this delicate peachy-pink is my favourite, as it’s feminine whilst not being too sickly sweet, and still works as a neutral. It’s made by JW Pei’s signature ultra-microfibre luxury vegan leather, which offers a soft touch, superior durability and luxurious texture. They say it has a similar structure to leather, with all of leather’s great properties – but of course none of the cruelty. It’s also extremely lightweight: at 750g (approx. 1.6lbs), it’s about 40% lighter than similar leather bags.
Bali Vegan Backpack in Pine by Matt & Nat
To be honest it was hard to pick only two vegan backpacks from the new Matt and Nat collection, as they have such a wide range of styles, sizes, shapes and colours. However, I think this rounded Bali style is a nice contrast to the boxier Dean design shown earlier. This backpack comes from their Loom collection, and has adjustable shoulder straps, a top zipper closure, a front zipper pocket and a small zipper pocket on the back for security. It also comes in five other colours.
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