I just asked ChatGPT to define the “it bag”. Here’s what it said:
An “it bag” is a term used to describe a highly desirable and fashionable handbag that becomes popular and trendy among a particular group of people or fashion enthusiasts. It is typically a designer bag that is well-crafted, stylish, and recognizable by its unique design and brand.
The chatbot goes on to list some of the more coveted ones – Fendi Baguette, Hermès Birkin, Chanel 2.55. Why is it that none of the It Bags are sustainably made? We’ve rounded up 6 bags with all the quality craftsmanship and style of their more famous counterparts – just add ethical production and take away the years-long waitlist.
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Santos by Monica operates on a made-to-order business model to eliminate overstock. That said, it’s hard to imagine there would ever be leftovers of the Pilar Hobo bag. The sleek black and white cactus leather is timelessly chic, and its roomy interior – lined with organic cotton – makes it an excellent option for day to day. The label also partners with One Tree Planted, so every handbag sold means a new tree planted.
The “luxury leftovers” brand reclaims discarded leather from luxury brands as well as deadstock leather from industry manufacturers. The Luxe Cinch Bucket is made from the former, so you get the same supple quality of a Birkin without burning a hole in your wallet or the ozone layer. The adjustable strap takes it from crossover to book bag in a cinch, making it the perfect carry-all for day-to-day.
Clutch, crossover, fanny pack, over-the-shoulder, or even an interior wallet – this versatile little bag has it all. The Certified B Corp company uses Leather Working Group tannery leather, and follows universal standards on ethical production. Classic, structured design details like the half-moon flap add an element of elegance, making it suitable to style for day or night.
New York based brand Behno (Hindi for ‘sister’) partners with MSA Ethos to employ artisanal leather workers who receive family support, worker benefits, and fair wages. The certified Leather Working Group’s ethos are matched only by their aesthetics – details like knotting and sharp folds set these bags apart. Whether you opt for the electric blue version or a more classic color option, this mini saddle is sure to make you stand out.
Recently restocked, Ganni’s Small Banner Crossbody bag brings the Scandi brand’s signature cool girl style to the classic tote. The carry-all is made from recycled leather and comes in black, white, and vibrant orange options. The not-so-subtle logo embossed detail sets it apart from the crowd, so #gannigirls can spot each other from afar, wherever they are.
Without an appearance from Stella McCartney – the OG of eco-friendly luxury fashion – no sustainable handbag list would be complete. Made from the label’s signature grained vegan Shaggy Deer fabric, this delicate tote is hand laced with GOTS-certified cotton lacing. The iconic chain link piping is made from nickel-free recycled brass and aluminum.
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