17 Best Vegan Bag Styles and Where to Buy Them

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Looking for the best vegan bags and purse styles and where to buy them? We've covered over 17 styles of vegan bags and listed several online stores that are great to shop at if you're looking for one yourself.

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Best Vegan Bag Styles

1. Backpack Purses

Source: Target

Women's backpack purses combine purse structure with backpack functionality for a sleek, modern appeal styled with jeans, dresses and office wear. Many are convertible with attachable shoulder straps. 

Leather is a popular material for these convenient day bags, but faux leather is also easy to find. Designers like Kendall + Kylie and Studio 33 also offer high-end faux leather backpack purses on the cutting edge of fashion.

Head over to Amazon and Target for a range of casual to dressy bags, or check out Asos and Shopbop for the latest trends and funkier looks.

2. Mini Backpacks

Mini backpacks are usually designed for women and can take the form of anything from a school bag to a backpack purse—just miniature.

Like backpack purses, mini backpacks can be convertible to shoulder or crossbody bags. 

In general, vegan mini backpacks are made from canvas, nylon, faux leather and faux suede. Always make sure a leather-looking mini backpack (or bag with leather accents) is

faux and not genuine leather. Here's a tip: sometimes bags listed online as leather are actually synthetic if you read the descriptions.

Topshop, Asos and Amazon are great sources for animal-friendly mini backpacks. 

3. Leather Backpacks


4. Crossbody Bags

The crossbody bag is, quite simply, a bag you wear over one shoulder and across your body so that it sits on the opposite hip. Men's flight bags and women's trendy circle bags with long straps demonstrate the diversity of crossbody bags.

As you'll see on our list of vegan crossbody bags, faux leather, faux fur and faux suede bags of all kinds are available from brands like Express, Adidas and Guess. We like Amazon, Asos, Zappos and Shopbop for plentiful choices. 

5. Messenger Bags

Ah, the messenger bag: sturdy, practical and classic. These everybody bags are usually wide-strapped and worn crossbody-style.

Aside from canvas, messenger bags come in sleek faux leather from designers like Ted Baker, Peter Werth and French Connection via Amazon and Asos. There's even a messenger bag the brand Corkor sells on Amazon made of sustainable, leather-like cork (on our vegan messenger bag resource).

The briefcase-inspired messenger bags are the ones you want to take to work for organization and aesthetic reasons. 

6. Tote Bags

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Tote bags are your shopping friends. They're typically simple in design, large and rectangular or boat-shaped with short straps and ample carrying capacity.

Though the most basic tote bags are unisex and made from cotton canvas or polyester, they can get pretty flashy for both men and women, especially when they're made from (faux) leather and suede.

Amazon has a good variety of casual to dressy choices and Shopbop has vegan totes from top designers.

7. Laptop Bags

There are subtle differences between laptop and messenger bags—mainly internal organization and protective features like padded compartments and extra pockets for tablets, work files and smaller necessities.

You can tailor your laptop bag search to fashion or utility, but lots of laptop bags combine both. Upscale vegan bag brand Matt & Nat makes chic women's laptop bags to wear with business suits and office attire.

We'll introduce you to stylish vegan leather and tweed laptop bags from Revolve, TJ Maxx and Amazon.

8. Bucket Bags

Source: Matt&Nat

9. Birkin Bags

If you follow the Kardashian saga, you probably know the Hermes Birkin bag named after Jane Birkin. You may have also noticed that Birkin bags are not vegan, but Amazon is a treasure trove of vegan Birkin-style bags that won't disappoint.

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Birkin-style bags are small to medium-sized, squarish handbags embellished with faux leather tabs and metal locks. They're the ultimate bodycon dress and belted jumpsuit accessories.

Because Birkin bags are historically made from exotic animal leathers, you'll find cruelty-free, vintage-inspired versions in faux croc, ostrich and alligator leathers on our vegan Birkin bag list.

10. Hobo Bags


Hobo bags are quintessential bohemian shoulder candy. You'll find them slouchy, crescent or square-shaped and commonly made for carrying all your essentials and then some.

From casual to glam, catch all of our picks from Anthropologie, Topshop, Asos, ShoeMall and Amazon on our vegan hobo bag guide.

11. Diaper Bags

What should a good diaper bag have? For starters, insulated bottle and snack pockets, a spacious interior and, of course, a tasteful appearance.

Babymel makes gorgeous vegan leather bags for jeans and bomber jacket days, and don't miss The Honest Company's faux leather diaper backpack for savvy moms and dads on our list.

Try Target, TJ Maxx and Amazon for the most affordable diaper bags and Zappos and Matt & Nat for designer bags that you'll probably want to use for everything, every day.

12. Weekender Bags

If you don't have a bag that's in between a backpack and full-on luggage, get yourself a weekender that's the right size for a few days' worth of outfits and accouterments.

Weekender bags are often unisex, and even the ones marketed specifically to men and women might be totally gender-neutral. Whether you're on a quest for a smart weekender tote or duffel bag, we've got you covered.

13. Fringe Bags

Fringe is the thing for boots and bags. While there's no reason to assume that men's bags aren't ever fringed (decorated with tasseled edges), it's women's bags that tend to be advertised as such.

There are tons of women's fringe bags at Amazon, Anthropologie, Nordstrom Rack and Express that present a whole world of fringed goodies in faux leather, sequins and studs. 

Get your vegan cowgirl boots and biker jackets ready.

14. Boho Bags

Source: Anthropologie

15. Makeup Bags

From petite pouches to toss into your purse to multitiered travel cases, makeup bags are a must for keeping your cosmetics and makeup brushes neat and organized.

Some makeup bags are simple fabric containers, but brands like Lancome and Shany make faux leather train bags and leopard print travel kits with glamour and functionality for days. 

Look for them on Amazon, but do peruse Zappos and Target for vegan makeup bags, too.

16. Saddle Bags

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Saddle bags were originally (and still are) bags to hang on either side of a horse, but we think you're probably interested in saddle purses for women.

A saddle purse is U-shaped and designed with a foldover flap that's traditionally fastened with a buckle. It's also customarily made of leather, but we'll point you in the direction of faux leather saddle bags for work or play from Anthropologie, Asos, Amazon and Target. 

Saddle bags vary widely in terms of composition and flavor, but the Western types make great additions to prairie dresses and bohemian textiles.

17. Travel Bags

Source: ASOS

Travel bags are essentially any luggage transported by shoulder strap, top handles or wheels.

You might need an overnighter or a carry-on bag that satisfies major airline regulations. Whatever your requirements, there's a vegan travel bag out there just for you. 

Asos, Amazon, TJ Maxx and Zappos have plenty of duffel bags, rolling luggage pieces and carryalls to suit virually anyone's taste. As always, allow us to help you find your perfect travel bag with our vegan travel bag compilation.

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