Top Picks: 17 Chic and Functional Vegan Backpack Purses

The mini backpack aka the backpack purse is making quite a comeback these days. And it is not surprising as some of the most fashion forward Instagram celebrities have been seen hands-free lately. The concept of  mini backpacks isn’t new. In fact this type of bag has been around for quite a while and was largely popular in the 90s. Now, thanks to Selena Gomez, Bella Hadid and the Kardashians, the little backpacks, that can easily be turned into purses have earned a spot at your favorite retailer again. We love how many of the bags can be worn as a backpack or as a crossbody, which makes them very versatile. Pictured below is one of our picks by MeDusa.


Scroll through our selection below to see whether a vegan pack purse is gonna make your shopping list this fall. We’ll definitely add one to ours!

1. Matt & Nat Chanda Dwell Backpack

The Matt & Nat Chanda Dwell Backpack has adjustable shoulder straps. It also features expandable gussets at the top to allow for easy access to your essentials. The interior has a practical zipper pocket for your wallet and a smartphone pocket. A tab embossed with the Dwell logo can be found on the inside as well.

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2. Minkee Blue “Chelsea” Backpack

The Minkee Blue Chelsea Backpack is perfect for a woman on the go. It stands out due to its modern and somewhat futuristic design. The inside of this bag features two inside patch pockets, a zipper pcket and a slip pocket. The shoulder straps are also adjustable.

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3. LaBante London ‘Agnes’ Vegan Backpack Purse for Women

The LaBante London ‘Agnes’ Backpack is not only made from vegan leather, but comes with linings, dustbags and hangtags, that are made from 100% recycled materials. The bag is big enough to fit a small laptop. The straps of this backpack are adjustable, the golden hardware is of high quality.

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4. MeDusa Rio Backpack & Shoulder Bag

MeDusa is a fun and edgy Israeli vegan designer bag brand. The MeDusa Rio Backpack and Shoulder Bag comes with an adjustable shoulder strap. It can be closed with a drawstring closing, features two innter pockets and one zipper pocket. The unusal color combination and fun-looking bottom makes this bag stand out. It is available in many other color combinations.

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5. Humble Chic Vegan Leather Backpack & Purse

This Vegan Leather Backpack & Purse by Humble Chic combines an elegant look with functionality. It features multiple compartments and pockets to help you stay organized on the go. It is made from high-quality vegan leather.

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6. Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack in Caramel/Black

This Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack is perfect as a diaper bag. It is very spacious, has lots of pockets on the inside and even comes with a removable diaper changing pad. Besides all the pockets on the interior is also features a zipper pocket on the back for added security. the bag comes with adjustable straps and can be worn as a backpack or crossbody bag.

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7. Corkor Vegan Backpack and Handbag For Women

This Vegan Backpack by Corkor has a simple and sophisticated look. It is made from cork, 100% vegan and PETA approved. This bag comes in a number of different colors, so you can pick the one that best fits your style.

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8. LOVE MOSCHINO Logo Print Backpack with Keychain Charm

This LOVE MOSCHINO Backpack falls into the “accidentally vegan category, but that doesn’t make us love it any less. The bag is perfect for those looking to turn some heads. It prominently features the brand’s logo on the front. the bas is available in other colors like black, if red isn’t for you.

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9. Brangio Italy “Twinkle Star” Women’s Coated Canvas Backpack

Brangio Italy’s “Twinkle Star” Women’s Backpack comes in a number of different patterns and finishes. The one shown above is a floral patterned with rhinestone crystals embossed on the coated canvas that’s formed with 100% began leather.

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10. Matt & Nat Kiara Handbag, Vintage Collection, Black (Black)


Geometrical shapes are one of the big trends this fall, so if you decide to go with Natt & Nat’s “Kira” Backpack and Handbag, you’ve definitly made a great choice. The structured round backpack comes with adjustable straps and has a main zipper closure on top. The lining is made from 100% recycled materials.

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11. HARVEYS’ Seatbelt Bag for Women – Collector’s Series


If you’re looking for a fun bag, that will definitely turn some heads, you should add this backpack by HARVEYS made from seatbelts to your list. It’s part of their Collectors Series. It’s cute, but also functional as it comes with adjustable straps, a flat bottom and three slip pockets on the inside. All HARVEY products are made in the USA.

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12. Marsi Bond Stylish Backpack for Women

This Marsi Bond Backpack for Women is made from vegan leather (PU). The contrasting black lining is made from 100% polyester and can be zipped out for washing. The bag is also available in a number of different colors. It’s your perfect companion to the office to school or to that coffee date.

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13. Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack for Everyday Use in Deep Violet

The eco-friendly Kanken Mini bags are made from recycled materials. This brand’s popularity has skyrocketed over the past year. The bag is availalble in pretty much all the colors of the rainbow. It’s very functional, but also the perfect bag for a relaxed, yet hip look.

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14. Urban Expressions “Lennon” Backpack


Urban Expression’s “Lennon” Backpack is perfect for the urban, hip fashionista. It’s made from pebbled vegan leather and features a front and back zipper pocket. It’s relaxed shape mades this bad stand out. It is availavle in a number of different colors, besides the grey shown above.

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15. Nanette Lepore “Arabelle” Convertible Shoulder Handbag

Nanette Lepore’s “Arabelle” Backpack is medium sized. It has an inside zipper pocket. The flap’s shape reminds one of a deconstructed bow, which is a stylish detail. The bag is lined and can be carried as a handbag or backpack, thanks to its convertible and adjustable straps.

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16. KEDDO Backpack for Woman.

KEDDO’s Ec0o-friendly Backpack for Women is stylish cool and feminine at the same time. It is the perfect bag for the urban jungle. The zip closure in combination with the silver-y strap down the front makes this bag an eye-catcher. If your closet is missing just a touch of futurism, this bag might be perfect for you!

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17. Urban Originals Forbidden Backpack

If you’re looking for a cool, laid-back look, this Urban Originals “Forbidden” Backpack might be perfect for you. The bag is lined, has a drawstring closure and is finished with polished metal hardware. It stands out because of its fringe detail both on the backpack itself and on the drawstring with tassel ends. The bag is available in various colors.

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How to style a mini backpack

You like the bag in theory, but aren’t sure if it’s for you? Watch the video below for some inspiration!


If you’re still unsure, whether this style is right for you, head on over to check out our selection of crossbody bags, to see, if those are a better match for your style!

Or if you’re just looking for more variety, head on over to Amazon. Choice is huge!

(Image by MeDusa)

Hi! I'm Kathrin and I want to introduce you to the world of vegan designer bags! I write about trends, bags and designers, that use cruelty-free materials.

2 Comments

  1. can I buy these items also in europe ? I prefere amazon.de as german-speaking 🙂
    regards irene

    • We will hopefully soon “internationalize” a little more! Stay tuned! 🙂

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