Leather free haulers ---practical, durable and blessed with style---are a chic alternative to animal skin carry-alls. We recently previewed the Spring 2013 collections of two brands that we've favored for a few seasons, Lilypond and Olivia + Joy...both at very accessible prices.The hip factor of going vegan/eco is catching on---Stella McCartney has always had a cruelty free brand of accessories, and now-the luxury Italian label Bottega Veneta---offers up a stunning satchel made from Japanese Washi paper.
Bravo to the consumer demand for leather alternatives even grabs the eyeballs of that leather goods stalwart. Both selections are incredibly expensive though; we are sure there's a reason why- beyond a pricey marketing budget.
Lilypond's bags, totes, and accessories are largely made with recycled PET---aka a recycled fabric named CYCLEPOND™-on the exterior and interior.
|FIREFLY- exterior of CYCLEPOND™ contrast interior, padded interior laptop sleeve, zippered in and outside pockets, dual rolled nylon hand/shoulder wraps. $110|
|easy clean interior---big inside pockets|
|backpack style straps|
|we'd carry this as a day bag----Nightingale Toiletry ---100% recycled CYCLEPOND™ exterior and contrast interior lining, adjustment hook, lots of compartments including mesh, main compartment with loops for secure storage|
|organize essentials, easily.|
|Sunflower-durable 1680 ballistic nylon, zip close top, molded bottom-durable, loads of interior and exterior pockets|
|100% recycled CYCLEPOND™ interior and exterior fabric, ventilated side pockets-great for separating shoes, wet bathing suits, loads of exterior pockets-both sides, three interior pockets|
|yoga mat straps w/velcro close on bottom of bag, adjustable padded shoulder strap|
OUR FAV GYM BAG EVER---SUNDOWN ($99)...for Spring 2013 in persimmon and mariner blue.
Among many accolades---this hauler has a unique zip-top handle closure...easy full opening access.
|Mountaintop -in reef blue---grab handles-on side, top- as well as backpack straps.|
|Cypress Wallet-$45 (l)-spacious interior, 4 zipped pockets, wristlet, Savannah Wallet $39 (r)--- 2 main body zipps, plenty of compartments, Both of CYCLEPOND™|
|LOBO -recycled CYCLEPOND™ exterior/contrast interior, front flap zippered pockets, zipped main compartment, interior slash pocket, magnetic front closure, adjustable shoulder strap-molded back fits for carrying close.$39|
OLIVIA + JOY makes PVC-leather like bags with very urban panache...with enough interior and exterior pockets for essentials---plus.
Solid neutrals, animal prints, and bright neon colors- with gold hardware, shiny and embossed bags satchels, hobo bags and clutches...and over-sized haulers---a NYC fav size...minimalists and blingaholics will both find favor with the selection.
|big flap front closure---pretty!|
|b/w print-with corner patent leather trim---gold hard wear...great satchel|
|nylon bag-with faux leather trim...|