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an ethical alternative: pastel leather handbags

pastel leather bag

During last week's snow day doldrums, I asked readers to give me prompts for posts. Catherine kindly stepped up to the plate, letting me know she was looking for a pastel handbag similar to the ones shown in Coach's Spring 2015 Collection (she wasn't that detailed, actually, but I read her blog, so I know she's had Coach on her mind). 

Finding an ethically sourced pastel leather bag is more difficult than you'd think. The bags above are the best matches I could find under $500.00. I must admit I haven't done a ton of research on leather production; I know tanning is typically a pretty nasty chemical process and that not all leathers are sourced from livestock used for meat. For this reason, I asked each company to fill me on on their leather sourcing and have listed relevant information below. 

The bags that made the cut are (clockwise from top):

Brynn Capella Pamela Hobo

  • Price: $350.00
  • Handmade in Chicago, IL
  • Donates to various causes, mostly local

Blair Ritchey Pak in Thistle

  • Price: $245.00
  • Handmade in Cleveland, OH
  • Leather sourced from USA

Parker Clay All Leather Purse in Tie-Dye Grey

  • Price: $225.00
  • Handmade in Ethiopia
  • Leather sourced from Ethiopia
  • Byproduct of meat industry

Sseko Designs Leather Citrus Shibori Hobo

  • Price: $189.99
  • Handmade in Ethiopia
  • Sheepskin Leather sourced from Ethiopia
  • Byproduct of meat industry with full animal utilized 
  • Free range

Recommendations from Readers:

  • Vegan Leather Bags from JOYN
  • Leather sourced from cows who have naturally passed from Matr Boomie

Tell me your favorite brands in the comments and I'll add them to this post!