Britain’s Cambridge Satchel Co. has teamed up with the good folks at Melissa to create a cruelty-free version of the former’s signature cross-body carryall, which is typically rendered in leather. Composed of Melissa’s PVC-esque Melflex material, which the Brazilian company says is weatherproof, hypoallergenic, and completely recyclable, the 11-inch satchel comes in black, fire-engine red, and a limited-edition “holographic” edition. Each bag also features Melissa’s distinctive bubblegum scent. “A collaboration needs two strong partners with unique design elements; taking our timeless shape and mixing it with Melissa’s iconic raw material makes perfect sense,” Julie Deane, CEO of the Cambridge Satchel Co., said in a statement. “We are also happy that this partnership offers a vegan alternative to our customers. Moreover, the PVC used is recyclable [and] 99 percent of the factory’s industrial waste is recycled.”
The collaboration—Cambridge Satchel Co.’s first non-leather product—has received praise from no less than People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which looks forward to a “new era of stylish vegan offerings” from the bag-maker.
“Top designers such as Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood have been offering vegan-friendly accessories for years for those who want to keep skins out of their wardrobes,” she added. “Even high-street stores like Dr. Martens, Esprit, and Vagabond now have vegan collections.”
Appealing to animal lovers and the fashion-forward alike, the new satchel retails at $155 and ships for free.