Wills does it again! Pictured above is their new unisex Backpack. Made with pebble grain faux leather, this stylish bag looks right at home next to something from Matt and Nat. But we really dig the simplicity and versatility of this one more than any other faux leather bag we’ve seen . As with all Wills products, this is 100% vegan and ethically made in Portugal. It has a front organizer compartment and two interior compartments. We love that the inside is waterproof, in a dope contrast red color. If you’re toting around a laptop, they got you too – this bag fits up to 14″ machines.
Available at Wills for $122 (click on link to site for more pictures too)
Today we are excited to announce a contest – Luca Chiara has partnered with us to give away one Antonio Weekender! This very stylish bag is vegan and PETA approved! The Antonio’s base is made of soft, waterproof synthetic leather. Its straps are industrial strength, box stitched with gunmetal studs for extra protection. The canvas insert (the bag itself) is removable and machine washable. Interior is ripstop nylon. Three small pockets line the interior, as well as a computer/tablet pocket. The bag also comes with an adjustable shoulder strap.
Today we are featuring Luca Chiara, an Italian inspired, vegan shoe and bag label. Founded over 100 years ago, the owner’s great great grandfather opened a shoe store in Italy, then in the US. It was reborn recently in the New York City and Hudson Valley area as an environmentally conscious and animal friendly brand.
A few weeks ago, we had the great fortune of getting hooked up with a sweet Roll Top from our friends at Velo City Bags. This Salt Lake City based brand makes messenger bags, backpacks, and bicycle accessories, and everything is handmade in the US and 100% vegan. We spent some quality time with our Roll Top (small, custom colors) and here’s what we found.
For those who are thinking TL;DR, don’t bother scrolling down. We were very impressed with this bag. It is high quality, practical, and stylish. The materials are built to last, and it has a ton of storage. The design is minimal, but there are a lot of add-ons. One of our favorite features is the vinyl lined main compartment, which makes it waterproof and easy to clean. We also loved how the bag is so customizable, especially the colors. If you want a long lasting bag that holds a lot of stuff, we would definitely recommend. I’ve already replaced my old bag with this one and I don’t think I’ll be needing another for years to come.
We’re very excited to feature some great new product from Cliff Belt‘s expanded lineup this spring. We’ve previously talked up their cork belts, a novel approach to vegan belt making which is also sustainable and quite handsome. They’re coming on stronger in 2014, with new belts, wallets, and now bags. [We’re souped about the messenger bag, but what about a backpack?] Before we go into the stuff, we have a few announcements for those interested in Cliff Belts:
Cliff Belts will be at the IDPop Up Shop in Chelsea Market, NYC, between February 3-9. They’ll be set up across from Amy’s Bread, so be sure to check them out and see them in person.
Free shipping alert! enter VKICKFREESHIP for free shipping on any product listed below, good through March 31st.
UPDATE 10/23/15: Herschel cannot guarantee that ANY of their products are entirely vegan. Please see email from their representative pasted into the comments section below. From now on, avoid any bags with what appear to be leather tabs or straps.
We here at VK have been fans of Herschel Supply Co.’s bags since we first saw them. We really dug the simple designs and how they reminded us of our bags when we were kids. Unfortunately, the leather detailing would turn us away. But the more I looked at pictures and in person, we noticed that the “leather” tabs and straps didn’t look real. Lo and behold, after a random google search, it turns out that almost all of it is synthetic:
3. Are any of Herschel Supply’s products animal free/vegan friendly? All of Herschel Supply’s products are animal free/vegan friendly with the exception of collaboration items, any Cotton Canvas products our Market tote and our Woodlands backpack.
Rejoice! Herschel bags are vegan, with exceptions. Pictured above and below are some of our favorites. But there are so many options, you should check out their shop for all they have to offer.
Yeah, Vegan Kicks is moving beyond kicks. We weren’t planning on branching out. It just happened. Sometimes we see something nice and want to put it on the blog, but it’s not wearable on your feet. We’re hoping we can change that and still keep the site as focused as possible. We will be sticking to clothing – the whole food thing, and animal rights advocacy aspect is being done a thousand times better than I can ever do it. So we’ll stick to posting about things you can buy to impress your friends with unique, yet ethical fashion sensibilities.