Review: Angela Roi Luxury Vegan Handbags
This ivory cross-body bag has a story. We first spotted it in Reformation in New York, where we fell in love with it. We umm-ed and ahh-ed though, as we weren’t sure about the particular colour stocked there. We decided to go away and think about it, and to return to the store later that week to see if we still loved it.
We sadly never had the chance to go back for it though, because we got caught in Snowmeggadon (NYC's biggest snowstorm in 100 years, which shut down the city) for the rest of our trip. But once we were back in Australia we couldn’t stop thinking about that beautiful little bag. So after much deliberation, we decided to order it online.
SO, WHY ALL THE FUSS
- WHAT'S SO GOOD ABOUT ANGELA ROI?
There may be a lot of non-leather handbags on the market, but many of these are also rather low quality. They often look cheap, and more importantly, are not necessarily ‘ethical’ in nature. They may be made in poor working conditions, and with a total disregard for the environment. Some even contain animal-based glues - no thank you!
Luckily though, there are many companies making beautiful, vegan ethical handbags. Angela Roi are one such company.
The founders - Angela & Roi - started the business out of a desire to make beautifully chic handbags, which don’t conflict with their love for animals.
Their bags are made from high quality polyurethane vegan leather, which is processed multiple times to achieve a soft and smooth texture. The fabric is extremely pliable and matte, giving it an elegant "hand".
The stitching of Angela Roi bags is also quite detailed - which helps give the overall feel of a premium, well-crafted handbag.
In fact, we were so taken with the cross-body bag that we later went and bought a tote from them too, to replace a worn out, animal-leather workbag of old. (Read the review of the Angela Roi Moa Tote here.)
BUT IMPORTANTLY - WHAT OF ANGELA ROI'S
All bags are vegan and use Polyurethane Leather, which is less damaging to the environment than PVC. (Many "non-leather" bags made for the high street stores are made from PVC - whihc is a material better avoided due to its off-gasing.) Angela Roi bags are made in fair working conditions in Korea and Vietnam, and are designed in New York.
And as a bonus, a portion of each bag sale helps support animals in need - as Angela Roi is partnered with the ASPCA (American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
We really do love this chic little cross-body bag, but one thing we should note is that we are also big fans of vegan materials which are inherently more environmentally friendly (such as cork-leather, organic cotton, tencil, hemp, Piñatex and even recycled bottles). We'd be really excited to see a quality manufacturer like Angela Roi exploring some of these materials too.
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Keeping Things Transparent:
We purchased this bag ourselves and we weren't paid to write this review.
The link to Angela Roi's site is an affiliate link though, which means we receive a small commission if you decide you want one of these bags in your life too. (Bloggers have bills too!)
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