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As we leave the frivolity of the holiday season behind us, and work or university beckons, it’s time to get practical with our accessories. Don’t mourn the departure of your glitzy party clutch (she’ll be back before you know it), and get ready for a brand new season of work-appropriate vegan bags.
When looking for a bag that you’ll carry around five days a week, it’s worth putting time in to find the right one for you. Consider the volume of things that you need to take with you every day – are you a light packer or do you need a roomier bag? Office appropriateness also plays a role here: is your workplace more relaxed, creative or conservative? An everyday bag is an investment piece – while the aforementioned party clutch can be a cheaper indulgence, a work bag needs to be sturdy and resistant, so it could be worth splurging a little extra on. We’ve picked our nine favourites of the season.
Let’s start out with three functional but still very fashionable bags. The backpack is great for your back if you’re a student and need to carry around heavy books or a laptop.
We love Matt & Nat and Stella McCartney for their serious environmental credentials. Matt & Nat use recycled plastic bottles in the linings of their smooth, supple faux-leather designs, and this bag from Stella McCartney is made out of reclaimed fishing nets and other nylon waste.
Perfect if you work in an office, a tote bag often fits more than you think, making it perfect if you have a tendency to carry around your whole life with you. All of these totes come from PETA-approved brands with both ethics and sustainability at heart: Gunas is sweatshop-free and free from PVC, while Bead and Reel is a champion of women-owned businesses and Fair Trade fashion.
If you don’t need to carry too many things around, a smaller design such as a bucket or cross-body bag might suit you. I personally love smaller bags – they’ll easily fit the things I need – phone, wallet, keys, makeup, pens, earphones and some dark chocolate.
Corkor makes everyday designs from lightweight and resistant cork leather, which has a substantially smaller environmental footprint than most faux leathers. Jeane & Jax show they care by ensuring that all employees are provided with a safe, healthy and fair work environment.
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