We consciously design timeless pieces which transcend the seasons, like our best-selling black vegan crossbody bag
. We want you to enjoy your handbag for as long as possible, and by making seasonless styles, we support the movement against fast fashion. This slow-fashion approach also aims to reduce waste and our use of the planet’s natural resources.
Our collections are all PETA-approved vegan.
Every handbag is handmade with low-impact materials that are more sustainable than animal leather and linings that require fewer natural resources. Our collection is handmade in small factories with ethical working practices.
Embrace the harmony of luxury and sustainability, making a statement that resonates far beyond fashion. Choose conscious craftsmanship. Choose Watson & Wolfe.
Our handbag collection is made using a high-quality, low impact alternatives to leather. The exact materials used on each bag are given in the description. Materials we use include.
Corn Leather: The composition of the material is up to 45% bio plant content. The raw material if obtained from renewable sources and the final material is durable, scratch resistant and long lasting. You will find this material on the Wilton Crossbody Bag and the Maddox Vegan Tote Bag
Silicone Leather: This material saves energy, resources, is pollution-free, safe and reliable, and is high-performing. The material is soft, scratch resistant and stain resistant, making it extremely easy to maintain and long lasting. The production process is solvent free, and the material does not contain PVC or PU elements. You will find this material used on the Florence navy blue bag
Recycled Bottle Lining: made from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. The material is soft and strong like polyester, but unlike virgin polyester, recycled PET fabric has a significantly lower impact on the environment. It uses 94% less water, 60 less energy and 32% less CO2 to manufacture.
Recycled Nylon Lining: recycled nylon interiors are made using pre-consumer waste material, which comes from industrial processes and includes scraps of material from factories that would have otherwise been downcycled, downgraded or sent to a landfill. These fibres are collected and regenerated into new rolls of nylon fabric.
A vegan bag is any handbag, pouch or bag which is made with non-animal derived components. For a bag to be vegan, all the materials and processes must be totally animal free. This prohibits the use of materials such leather, fur, wool and feathers. The processes must also be cruelty free and without any testing on animals.Are vegan bags good quality?
Times have changed when it comes to quality. For decades cheap PVC
and PU formed the basis of vegan accessories, but these days, as innovators and consumers become more aware of the environmental gain of using next-generation leather alternatives, the quality of vegan materials has improved beyond recognition.Are there more sustainable options?
Innovative materials such as cactus leather
, wine leather, pineapple leather
and corn leather should not be put in the same category as the cheaper materials. The new materials we use are designed and engineered to be strong, durable, and luxurious with the added benefit of using waste organic material, less water and less chemicals. Innovation and sustainability come at a cost and these next-generation materials cost roughly the same as a metre of animal leather.
Many handbag styles, especially those from luxury brands are typically made from leather. Most leather comes from bovine animals such as cows and buffalo, but also from sheep and goats. The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that around 3.8 billion cows and other bovine animals are used in leather production each year. That’s a staggering one animal for every two people on the planet.
Add to this the other hides which are used on a smaller scale for luxury goods, such as snake, alligator, crocodile, kangaroo, ostrich, deer, and fish. Some of these species are intentionally farmed just for their skins. Living their lives, from birth in cramped conditions and only ever in captivity. It is estimated that 2.5 million exotic animals are used in the global leather industry each year.
A common misconception is that leather is a by-product of the meat industry. It’s actually a co-product—farmers sell every part of an animal to maximize profit, and the skin accounts for roughly 10 percent of the animal’s total value.
Not only does leather harm the animals, but it also hurts the environment and the workers who manufacture it, due to the toxic chemicals used in the production process. About 250 chemicals are used in the leather tanning process. These chemicals include arsenic, coal tar, formaldehyde, cyanide, mercury, and pesticide residue, which pollute the water, soil, and air, and cause skin diseases and respiratory illnesses in tannery workers. The toxic chemicals remain in the soil and groundwater around tanneries for decades.
Choosing a non-leather bag is not about being vegan or being plant based, it has to do with making a positive choice for the environment. It is being part of a change. The fashion industry is broken, with more than 72% of the total environmental footprint of fashion brands coming from raw materials.
Taking care of your new vegan handbag could not be easier.
The surface of the material can be wiped clean with a clean, damp cloth. There is no need to use any chemicals and we strongly advise against using any solvents or bleaches.
As with any other material, you are advised not to store your bag in direct sunlight as this could cause discolouration.
The lining can be lightly wiped with a damp cloth and a little soap if you have makeup spills.
Weight limits: Handbags are designed to hold a sensible number of items. Overloading your bag may cause premature wear and tear.