“Maybe you’re trying too hard.”
That’s tugboat man’s sage response to my rhetorical question, “why is it so hard to find the perfect vegan pursepack?”
It’s my new mission/obsession/desire.
With all this travelling we’ve embarked upon lately, not all of it is strictly camping — like last week when we ended up in San Fran to see son/DIL and we were walking around the city — too much walking for a traditional purse (deffo not my Channies) nor a crossbody bag as we ended up at Lands End, and not rugged enough for my REI backpack, so I decided to go off on one of my totes obsesh mish to locate the PERFECT designer VEGAN small pursebackpack.
This is not an easy task.
More handbag companies need to design small pursepacks for their collections.
In my opinion, it’s the next big TREND.
- Safety: I need it to have zippers for safety and security. There are lots of cute backpacks with flaps and drawstrings, but that’s not practical. It’s just asking for a criminal type to stick a thieving hand in and steal my wallet, phone, and camera.
- Size: It can’t be too big nor too small. I don’t want to carry the weight of the world on my back, just the essentials.
- Style: Classy, not childish (no Hello Kitty this time); able to look good with nice jeans or a maxi dress.
Here’s what I found in the marketplace:
For high (priced) fashion, there’s Stella McCartney but hub said NO in a very loud voice to a vegan backpack that’s around eleven hundred dollars, so…no Stella, unfortunately. Much love to her for not using any leather or fur in her designs. (Although if she’s reading this, please send one, OKAY??) http://www.stellamccartney.com
I found Gunas…High Fashion. Zero Cruelty. They have a really cool website and a decent quantity of well-designed backpacks in the one to two-hundred dollar range. 100% vegan and ethically made. Awesome! http://www.gunasthebrand.com/
Very cute backpack designs carried at Nordstrom by Matt & Nat…Ethics, sustainability, transparency. Committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials in their designs, experimenting with different recycled materials such as recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber, and cork. Since 2007, they use linings only made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles. http://mattandnat.com
Nasty Gal offers a variety of vegan handbag/backpack but not all of their other lines (like shoes) are vegan.
As I strolled the aisles at TJ Maxx after the gym, I discovered an adorably simple and functional backpack by a company I had never before heard of, Violet Ray, so I did a little research.
Designed in the midst of New York’s fast paced high stress fashion industry, Violet Ray’s practical, utility-meets-trend approach, shines through. Classic shapes with modern purpose; polished custom hardware, varied textures juxtaposed; & embellishment that maintains function. A mecca of ideas & inspirations relayed into a streamlined product. Violet Ray invokes a familiar mood, while reconfiguring those ideas to portray a progressive, contemporary edge. Designs are ambitious at a attainable price point.”
Sounds good to me!
Here’s what I brought home: Blaire Zip Flap Backpack in navy (but it looks lighter than navy.)
Regularly priced at $88.00; on sale at TJ Maxx for $35.00.
It’s crafted from a smooth faux suede snakeskin material and has two front zipper pockets for extra storage. Its unique front zipper opening gives it a sassy flare and has adjustable backpack straps.
Zippers, comfort, function, style, VEGAN, and of course I added a little embellishment ‘cos that’s what I DO. This backpack is perfect for the essentials and more grownup looking than most of my accessories.#vegan #veganbackpack #veganlifestyle