I'm a girl who loves her handbags. Even before I went vegan, I was grossed out by leather or suede. I'm not Buffalo Bill, I'm not trying to wear skin; animals or humans. So, I always opted for canvas bags. Back in the day, it was hard to find vegan leather that was good quality. It was paper thin and looked tacky. Now, vegan leather is more luxurious than real leather, without the cruel and disgusting practice of wearing animal skin!
I posted before about two bags I got from 88 Handbags. I got the: Pearl Gray Avis Mini Tote Crossbody and the Black/White Stripe Sophie Top Handle Crossbody.
I'm a pretty picky girl with bags. Color is super important. My life revolves around black and gray. I would say 90% of everything I wear contain these two colors. And, I personally find black and white to be the classiest color combo ever. Plus, the stripes are so Beetlejuice, and I'm a Tim Burton fanatic!
Also, size is important to me. I carry a planner with me every single day. My planner is my life. I know people my age are super techy and put everything in their phone, but for me, my planner is my go to for everything. I need to be able to fit my planner, plus all my other essentials.
Lastly, of course, the bag has to be durable while being affordable. Because I carry my pocketbook everywhere, I need it to last. A good pocketbook is a good investment. I think your bag can say a lot about you, so you want a sturdy bag without breaking the bank.
Because I've had my bags for a good few months now, I wanted to do an updated review on them.
I use my Pearl Gray one every day for work. It's my go-to bag. I use my black and white one typically on the weekends and what not.
Both are holding up wonderfully! Even in a houseful of 4 destructive cats lol. They both still look new! Granted I use the gray one more but still, you can clearly tell that both still look brand new!
As you can see, Tabby aka the face of The Vegan Crazy Cat Lady, loves the bag too! She's such a little princess. She's such a girly girl. She loves hanging out when I'm washing my face, and when I'm doing my makeup and my hair, when I'm getting dressed.. and basically anything I do since she's attached to my hip. She's my girl!
There's no tears or stains. The goldware is holding up really well. It's still shiny! No scratches! The stitching is still strong and it's not fraying anywhere.
These bags have been wonderful for me! I absolutely recommend them. Not only do you get great quality, but they're affordable. And there is so many different styles that are on trend, you're bound to find one (or 10) that you like!
Make sure you're following them on Instagram! They post lots of photos of their bags, so you can see them IRL. And, they're doing a giveaway on their Instagram where you can win a bag of your choice! The giveaway ends September 15th!