Below we’ve compiled a list of our favorite brands ethically producing gorgeous and functional totes, handbags and weekenders for everyday use, summer travels and beyond.
Among this list are American-made, upcyled, vegan and artisan made bags from companies dedicated to both social and environmental good. From travel to work, or a night out, these 17 brands make it easier to fill your closet with ethical, high quality staples for every occasion.
Ethics | Fair trade, artisan made
Best For | Weekender bags
Price Range | $138 – $350
Tribe Alive works to alleviate poverty among women, through fashion and responsible commerce. By providing their employees with fair trade wages, safe working conditions, and training, they are able to provide opportunities for disadvantaged and impoverished women around the world. Each of their handbags are handmade, and represent the culture of the woman who created it – with styles from Guatemala and Haiti, there is truly a look for everyone. Plus, they love customer feedback and use suggestions for their upcoming looks! Hope is their message, and fashion is their medium.
Matt & Nat
Ethics | Vegan, recycled/upcycled materials, fair trade
Best For | Wide selection of handbags (satchels, diaper bags, yoga bags, crossbodies)
Price Range | $50 – $250
You might think Matt & Nat stands for two people, but the name actually represents Mat(t)erial and Nature. Born out of Montreal, Canada in 1995, Matt & Nat believes in living beautifully and appreciating humanity and the world around us. Committed to being sustainable and eco-friendly, all of their bags are made with vegan materials only, including recycled bicycle tires and rubber. In fact, their handbag linings are made with 100% recycled plastic bottles! They also have deep partnerships with the factories who create their beautiful products, and hold them to the highest safety standards. With over 20 different categories for bags, ranging from bowling bags, to men’s shoulder bags, made with beautiful, vivid colors, the opportunities are endless.
Ethics | Artisan made, empowerment of women
Best For | Premium leather
Price Range | $120 – $400
Parker Clay’s values center around being good to one another, creating economic and social empowerment, and making the best products possible. After Ian and Brittany Bentley saw living conditions in Ethiopia for disadvantaged women while adopting their child Selah, they were inspired to do more – Parker Clay’s name comes from their two biological children Parker and Clayton. Today, they work to get women out of the commercial sex industry, and partner with the nonprofit Women At Risk to provide rehabilitation, training, and job opportunities to those in need. Now living in Ethiopia, the Parker Clay duo make this possible by using premium leather to create timeless, professional styles for the public. Their signature totes are sure to be your go-to bag, perfect for a visit to the farmer’s market or day trips to the beach.