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7 Gorgeous Cruelty-Free ‘Snake Skin’ Bags


Snakes are stunning creatures...

Their smooth, scaly skin slithering across the earth is an image which fills humans with both fear and fascination. The admiration of the beauty of snakes has become so extreme that luxury fashion houses slaughter snakes so that their elegant and uniquely patterned skin can be turned into shoes, bags and wallets.

Snakes, being so different from humans or other mammals who clearly communicate through facial expressions and sound, are often misunderstood. However, snakes have been found to have friends, and many of the systems within their brain are similar to ours. Knowing how truly individual and lively snakes are, makes the reality of snake skin farming far more confronting. Pythons, the snakes often slaughtered for their skin, can live to be over 30 years old, however they are killed well before then, and often in agonisingly painful ways. 

Luckily, there are plenty of cruelty and animal free bags that look just as good, showing that we can admire and mimic the beautiful appearance of snakes, without harming and killing them. See some below!

Poppy Lissiman

Made by a completely skin-free brand, produced ethically in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, China. The brand has stated that all their lining is recycled, too.

Denise Roobol

This brand is certified vegan by Peta, and apparently ships their products (lined with biodegradable cotton) in sustainable packaging. The vegan materials used instead of leather and snakeskin are produced ethically in Hong Kong.


This certified vegan brand exclusively uses environmentally friendly materials, like cork, a material from cork trees which is harvested without cutting down the trees. The bags are made ethically in the United Kingdom.

Kinds of Grace

This certified vegan luxury brand is made ethically near Hong Kong, where the designer, Grace, is from. The bags are lined with vegan silk, and the vegan snake skin and leather is made from polyurethane. The brand never uses PVC, which is an unsustainable material. The company also donates 20% of profits to wildlife charities.


This vegan brand produces all their bags ethically in Los Angeles. The brand uses sustainable materials including those which are recycled as well as Pinatex, cork and polyurethane produced sustainably in Italy. 10% of the profits made by Svala are donated to charity, and the brand carbon offsets their shipping carbon footprint.

Sans Beast

Another Peta certified vegan brand, Sans Beast donates profits from their charity items to Edgar’s Mission animal sanctuary. The bags are made ethically in Dongguan, China, from polyurethane which reaches all the required eco-standards of production.

Urban Originals

This brand uses certified vegan alternative skin materials like polyurethane, and never uses PVC which is more environmentally destructive. The bags are designed in Sydney and made ethically in China.


Author credit - many thanks to vegan model and founder of Willow Creative Co, Emma Hakansson for authoring this piece.  Emma is on Instagram @hakamme

Who is Kinds of Grace?

I’m Grace, a vegan fashion designer from Hong Kong, now living in Melbourne Australia and with my team on a journey to create a world leading cruelty free bag company.

Our mission is to help the planet shift to accessories that are kinder on the planet and nature. We donate 10% of profits to fund wild animal protection charities with our Kinds of Grace Fund.

Wild Beauty. Zero Cruelty

I love to design luxurious couture bags with the latest vegan materials.

  • Gentler on the planet
  • Kinder on the animals
  • Handcrafted by artisans
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Fashionista Love

Love this amazing, ethical, vegan handbag - I take it everywhere with me.

Jessica Sargeant, Australia

Vegan Influencer

I’m in love with the feel of the tweed and vegan leather!

Mia Sabathy, Hong Kong

Runner Up of Asia’s Next Top Model

Love the animal-friendly snakeskin! Fab to support new #veganfashion #womenowned sustainable businesses.

Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, U.S.A.

Founder of VAUTE - first vegan fashion line to appear at New York Fashion Week

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