High Fashion. Zero Cruelty – GUNAS Handbags

I became vegan back in 2009 which, lucky for me, was the same year that GUNAS vegan handbags were launched.  I knew then that being vegan didn’t mean giving up style because one thing is certain, GUNAS bags are chock full o style.

The first American designer brand of 100% vegan handbags, GUNAS was started by Sugandh G. Agrawal an animal lover who decided to take here business and design background and use it to create a fashionable, cruelty-free handbag line.  Agarawal’s motto of “people, planet ONLY then profit” is a clear sign that preserving and protecting the animals and the environment are central to the mission of GUNAS.  If creating vegan bags wasn’t enough, GUNAS also does not produce seasonal collections.  This may sound odd to you, but they do this in an effort to stem the overproduction and overconsumption that is such a big part of the environmental crisis that we currently find ourselves in.  I am a big believer that we have too much stuff in this world and that we all need to make an effort to reuse more and consume less.  Good job GUNAS.

GUNAS has a fabulous selection of bags that succeed in being both classic and fashionable.  Let’s start things off with a bang with the Hermit.  Named for the beautiful but highly abused Hermit crab, this bag will carry all of your essentials in addition to the reminder message of how cruel the exotic pet trade is.  My favorite color is the grey faux snakeskin shown below.

The Hermit in grey faux snakeskin

Available in a rainbow of colors and winner of the 2015 Best Green Handbag from InStyle Magazine, you can’t go wrong with the Flamingo.  Structured and lightweight, this bag comes with convenient pockets and zippered compartments so that you can easily keep all of your things nicely organized.  I am particularly fond of this tri-color version below.

The Flamingo in navy, red and white

Have a special night out planned?  Here is the perfect bag to go with your little black dress, the Radiance.  This bag has a snap lock box clutch frame that is beautifully beaded and comes with a detachable chain strap so you can wear it on your shoulder or as a clutch.  Either way, you will make a statement that you are a compassionate fashionista with this bag!

The Radiance

I want to leave you with a real show stopper, the Rebel.  This bag is exquisitely hand beaded with non toxic beads that are lead/nickel free.  Like all of the GUNAS bags, the Rebel’s exterior is made from 100% vegan textured eco polyurethane and the lining from recycled plastic bottles.  This bag was made to stand out from the crowd, just like you.  So go on, go out there and be a rebel with a cause.

The Rebel

Images source and credit for all images: GUNAS

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