For years, you haven’t been able to open a checkout line tabloid without seeing vegan handbags, accessories, shoes and clothes adorning our celebrities. More and more designers are pushing the limits of sustainability, and in the process giving everyone, not just those of us on the cover of People, a chance to conserve the Earth’s resources by purchasing something that has been elegantly recycled.
Take Sivik Bags. Sivik is a handbag and accessory collection that prides itself in being “entirely vegan.”
Sivan Berger designs the line and has been based in Israel since 2007. You can browse and buy her designs here at Etsy. The black “Meduza” shoulder bag, pictured here, is made from a material labeled as a patent leatherette (leatherette is an artificial leather that is usually remade from chair covers, the lining on the top of desks or other upholstery).
The bag fit great resting on my shoulder and was comfortable and roomy. The Meduza bag, along with the rest of Berger’s line, is heavily influenced by architectural design — modern, clean and structured. This bag and the other styles would look great paired up with a simple look. Jeans and a solid, V-neck shirt, or black skinnies with a bright ruffle blouse would be classic matched with the purse. Kind of perfect for a simple and chic look at the farmer’s market or to compliment an understated evening. At $65, the price is pretty comparable for similarly sized hobos.
Considering the architectural look of her line it’s no surprise that Berger comes from an industrial design background and believes that “fashion can be practical.” With her line of affordable and environmentally conscious bags, Berger delivers on that promise.