The best vegan leather bags to buy now

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Susan B. Anthony, this emblematic fighter for women’s rights, would she carry her positions in a shiny calfskin briefcase? Did Mary Shelley, who not only was supposed to avoid meat but had her leading man, Frankenstein, opine, “My food is not man’s; I do not destroy lamb and kid to satisfy myself; acorns and berries provide me with ample nourishment,” do you prefer a buckskin bucket bag?

Did Tolstoy, Gandhi, Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, George Bernard Shaw and Pythagoras invade Bergdorf Goodman’s handbag aisles, snatching up suede schoolbags and cowhide clutches?

Certainly not! Don’t think so!

All these people, and many more – maybe you! – were vegetarians, and some were vegan. But just because you have firm principles, just because skins aren’t hiding in your closet, doesn’t mean you have to hold something depressing and unchic in your slender, sexy hand.

Don’t compromise! In our wonderful pluralistic world, there are plenty of designers offering great alternatives, from Stella McCartney’s floral bucket bag to the satchel to Freedom of Animals’ mini tassel number with an evocative name.

Above, our pick of the best no-leather beauties.

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