Will's Vegan Shoes & Accessories Co.

Chestnut Messenger Bag

Cruelty-Free Ethically Made Handmade Vegan Waste Not | Want Not

Meticulously handcrafted in the highest quality soft Italian micro-leather, the Chestnut Messenger Bag from Will's Vegan Shoes & Accessories Co. is as luxurious as it is practical. With its timeless styling, it's an ethical wardrobe investment that will last you for years and be a pleasure to use every day.

Fully lined in luxurious micro-suede, the bag has handy pockets under the flap and on the rear, for easy access to frequently used items. The secure main compartment fits up to a 15" laptop with ease, while there is also an interior zip pocket. Use the top handle or attach the adjustable strap to wear it over your shoulder or across the body. 

more colours

Also available in Dark Brown and Black.

materials

- Vegan Italian micro leather
- Micro-suede lining
- Solid nickel hardware
- Natural cotton dust bag included
- PETA-approved vegan

Two primary things make footwear and accessories products vegan: (1) they contain no leather or other skins, and (2) they are not made using any animal-based glue.

Various terms are used to describe the materials used for vegan shoes, bags, etc. These include vegan leather/suede, faux leather/suede, and micro-leather/micro-suede These materials are typically made from man-made microfibre.

While historically non-leather alternatives have received a bad rap for their toxicity and poor quality, among other things, modern production techniques mean that today's materials are far less environmentally damaging and of much higher quality. Polyurethane (PU) is commonly used, rather than the more toxic PVC, and many microfibres are produced using at least some portion of recycled materials. Furthermore, the newest forms use a water-based method to apply the PU to the fabric, rather than the highly toxic solvents that were traditionally used.

Microfibre fabric is lightweight, durable, and somewhat water repellant, so it makes a good substitute for leather. Microfibre is also made into Ultrasuede, which is cheaper and easier to clean and sew than natural suede leather.

Although there are some environmental concerns about microfibres entering the oceanic food chain via washing, this is not an issue with footwear and accessories, as these items are not washed.

All of Ecoture's carefully-selected vegan shoes and accessories are made from the highest-quality faux leathers and faux suedes. Our partner brands are focused not only on the vegan and cruelty-free aspects of their products, but also on their ethical and sustainability impacts.

More information on the materials, ethics and sustainability of the footwear industry can be found in our blog post, Is there something wrong with your shoes?

size

Width: 40.5cm
Height: 30.5cm
Depth: 7.5cm
Weight: 800g
Comfortably fits up to a 15" laptop

values

Cruelty-Free, Ethically Made, Handmade, Vegan

shipping + delivery

Please note this item will ship directly from the supplier. Delivery may take up to 7 working days following order confirmation.

Shipping will be additional to the displayed price and will be calculated at checkout.

returns

Can be returned unworn/unused (as the case may be), unmarked and in original packaging with all tags attached, within 30 days of purchase for exchange (e.g. different size/colour, if available) or refund for store credit for the full purchase price (less shipping, if applicable). A cash refund will be processed only if an item is faulty/damaged or has been sent to you in error.

Please refer to our Returns Policy for all applicable returns T&Cs.

#wastenotwantnot

This item is eligible for return under our Waste not, Want not program. For more information on the program, and its T&Cs, please see our WNWN page.

Materials: Kowtow

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. It is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, and the use of genetically-engineered seed is prohibited.

Fairtrade certification

All Kowtow cotton is certified by Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO). Fairtrade empowers farmers to negotiate with buyers to secure better prices for their cotton. Every season, certified farmer groups receive a premium to be spent on community projects such as medical costs, irrigation schemes to conserve rainwater, books and clothes for school children, farmer education, training and upgrades.

Kowtow's cotton is organically farmed and free from genetically modified seeds to benefit the soil, cotton and farmers. Crops are rain-fed and hand-picked. Organic farming is achieved through companion planting, crop rotations and on-site green waste composting to eliminate the use of chemicals harmful to farmers and their families. Cotton is a sustainable, recyclable and biodegradable fiber.

Sustainable trims

Kowtow only uses sustainably sourced trims. The label's buttons are made in Italy from recycled hemp. Its denim tacks and sliders are nickel-free and made in a SA8000-certified factory in Germany. They are tested by OEKO-TEX for harmful substances and come under the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) and ISO 14000 environmental management standard.

GOTS-approved printing, dyeing & washing

Kowtow's prints and fabrics use Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) approved inks and dyes, which are free from chlorine bleach, toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde and aromatic solvents. The brand only uses GOTS-approved washes for its garments, from lightweight jersey to denim. GOTS ensures sustainable use and treatment of water used in these processes.