I love a good handbag. It’s an item I do not mind investing in, as I need it to be able to handle being stuffed to the gills and carted around the city on a daily basis. In the past, a good quality bag usually meant a leather one. Leather is one of the most durable materials and actually tends to look better with time and wear. As I try to slowly transition to a more ethical lifestyle, this was one area where I wasn’t sure how I could get around not using leather. Luckily I discovered Matt & Nat, a completely vegan and beautifully-made accessories company based in Canada.
Matt & Nat stands for “materials and nature”. Their handbags and accessories are made from polyurethane, which is a type of plastic. It looks and (almost) feels exactly like real leather. Polyurethane is extremely durable and washable, which makes it a great alternative to real leather which, while also very durable, you need to be careful not to get it too wet. Matt & Nat also line all of their accessories with linings made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles. About 21 bottles are recycled for every item that Matt & Nat produces.
About a month ago I was on a mad hunt for the perfect backpack. I wanted something that I could take from classes to my internship and everywhere in between. It needed to be big enough to hold my laptop, but not so big that it felt like I was going camping. I also wanted it to be stylish, as it was going to be my main bag. Luckily I was walking around the Seven Dials in London and popped into the Birkenstock store because I saw some backpacks and bags displayed in the window. Imagine my surprise when I saw that all the bags in the store were Matt & Nat! I quickly laid eyes on the “Brave” backpack and it was love at first sight. The salesperson was kind enough to let me put everything from my bag into this one to see if it could hold everything and it could! The bag rang in at a slightly pricey £98, but like I said, I do not mind paying a bit more for a bag that I know will last and that I absolutely love. And I LOVE IT. I’ve not used another bag since I’ve gotten it. It is the chicest backpack I have ever owned and I get so many compliments on it. I plan to keep this backpack for a looooong time.
And when the time comes that I need another bag, Matt & Nat is the first place I will look. Matt & Nat can be found in boutiques in (and can be shipped to) the U.K, U.S., Canada, Japan, Germany, and Australia.
*This post is not sponsored. All thoughts & opinions are my own.*