Where would we be without a purse or wallet? Whether it’s a compact card holder for that travel pass, a coin purse for a night out, a last-forever wallet or a stuffed-to-breaking-point purse, it’s the one accessory we rely on to keep us organised.
The high street is full of leather designs, but what’s the alternative? Thankfully, plenty! From fabric and PU styles, right the way through to state-of-the-art vegan materials, shoppers are spoilt for choice, whatever your budget. Ready to shop?
Sarah Dawson hits the shops to find the very best vegan-friendly wallets around.
Oliver Bonas has long been the go-to high street shop for modern homeware, fashion and jewellery, but it’s their chic, vegan-friendly wallets that have really caught our eye recently. Simple styles are given a modern makeover with vibrant chevrons, painterly prints and cool colour-blocking, all coming in at under £30.
If you’re after something a little different, make sure you check out their range of purses made from cork – fashion-forward and kind to the environment. They do carry leather styles too, so just make sure you check the material information on each design before you treat yourself. Available both in store and online.
Matt & Nat
Pioneers of vegan-friendly fashion, Canadian label Matt & Nat have been designing covetable, leather-free accessories for over 23 years. Their wallet collection is a masterclass in understated, timeless style that screams luxury. Each of their sleek designs come in an impressive choice of colourways, covering every shade from cornflower blue to fire engine red.
With a head-spinning number of styles available for both men and women, the only problem you’re going to have is picking just one to add to your collection! Urban Outfitters carry a good selection of designs on the high street, but for the full range head online.
A PETA Vegan Fashion Awards winner, US label Brave GentleMan is serious about creating ethical and sustainable fashion, with a focus on quality. Their hand-cut wallet, available in brown, black and tan, is artisan-crafted in New York’s famous Garment District, using Italian future-leather – a 100% vegan material that is guaranteed to last.
Although they’re not cheap, these luxe wallets are a classic and durable alternative to leather versions – super-stylish and animal-friendly, they are totally worth the investment. Currently available from UK website.
Fans of all things vintage will love Cath Kidston’s inimitable modern take on nostalgia. Polka dots, ditzy florals and fun signature prints add character to their great range of coin purses, classic wallets, card holders and pouches, made from coated cotton.
Although the collection isn’t exclusively vegan, the majority of designs and styles are available in cruelty-free materials. With prices starting at under £10, it’s an affordable way to celebrate a beloved British brand. Available in store and online.
If you’re after a quick, purse-friendly fashion hit, New Look ticks all the boxes. As you’d expect from this high street favourite, their ever-changing collection of purses channel the latest trends in mostly vegan materials – they do stock a handful of real leather styles, so check before you buy.
Funky faux fur, folksy embroidery, contemporary laser-cut and cheeky slogans all make an appearance in the latest drop, so you’re sure to find something to match your style. The best bit? Everything comes in at under £15, with some designs starting at just £3.99 – bargain! Available both in store and online.