8 Gorgeous Bags You Can Actually Afford

If you’re among the fashion-literate who also read the news, you’ve likely heard tell of the rub between iconic fashion house Hermès and the muse for one of its most sought-after bags, Jane Birkin. After PETA released footage of reptiles slaughtered to create Hermès bags being horribly abused (like skinned alive abused, people), Birkin issued a statement requesting that her name be removed from the satchel exemplar that often boasts a waitlist as hefty as its price tag (hello, $30,000 that I don’t have).

And while we may have differences of opinions on animals being used in fashion (I think you know on which side of the fence I reside), paying homage to the endlessly stylish, durable, lighter (because let’s face it, the Birkin is damn heavy), and cruelty-free alternatives to the hotly contested Birkin will not only spare critters' suffering, but will make your style more meaningful and your conscience a little lighter. Without further ado, here are some vegan bags that are so slick and stylish, they’ll have you forgetting the Birkin and its attendant cruelty. Group hug.
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Made of post-consumer, cruelty-free, vegetable-dyed, eco-friendly faux leather in a rich shade of ruby, this bag will turn heads and stand the test of time, no boas harmed.
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Created from entirely animal-friendly materials in a fair-labor factory, this bag has all of the polished hardware, structure, and color combinations to keep you inspired. And the ad campaign featuring transgender model Seana Steele is pretty groundbreaking, too.
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This pared-down bag oozes Scandinavian simplicity in some of the dreamiest colors of the season.
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Artistic enough to be interesting, but spare enough to work with ensembles for years to come, this bag is an unbeatable classic.
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Not only is this brand entirely cruelty-free, but every purchase supports various charities, depending upon the color of bag you select (proceeds from this deep green beauty support the work of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America). Win/win/win.
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This softly structured tote gives that delicious already-broken-in slouchiness without the years of torturous schlepping.
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As classic as a crisp white shirt and cigarette pants, this bag will give you all the style mileage of a Birkin, without breaking the bank (or animals’ hearts).

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