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Why everyone needs a vegan bag

We couldn’t be more excited at G&S HQ about the latest arrival of Matt&Nat bags. After the runaway success of the Brave backpack and shoe collection last season we know that the brand resonates with you, our style savvy customers. And it’s not hard to see why.

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Inspired by nature, Matt&Nat is a vegan accessories brand really breathes its core value of “Living Beautifully”. According to Matt &Nat “Living beautifully means appreciating the humanity, creativity and positivity found in all of us. Our values include social responsibility, excellence, inclusiveness, integrity, learning, authenticity and, of course, love.”

With those values in mind Matt&Nat, since 1995, has produced vegan bags free of animal cruelty and has been developing increasingly environmentally friendly methods of production. The lining of every single Matt&Nat is made from 100% recycled bottles. The brand uses eco-friendly materials wherever possible including sustainably sourced cork the results of which are beautiful. Knowing the harm that leather production can have on the environment (in 2010 the UN reported the best way to protect the environment is to adopt a vegan/ vegetarian diet), we are delighted to have found such a brilliant alternative. 

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Ok, so the eco-credentials of Matt&Nat are top notch but arguably even more importantly, these bags look AWSOME and there really is a style for everyone. Take the Brave backpack - chic and practical - it continues to be a bestseller for very good reason. It will sharpen your look and protect your back from lugging your laptop around on a shoulder bag. The July backpack, new this season comes in a slightly softer Carbon grey and with a more rounded shape has a slightly more feminine feel. 

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For the fashion crowd we love the Livia bucket bag which has a slightly nineties vibe and the iconic Kintia cork bag - the texture and warmth of the cork paired with a timeless satchel bag design that can be worn on the shoulder or with the short handles is a modern classic. For Mum’s to be Percio is the only nappy bag you will ever need - not a hint of chintz in sight with this slick black number that will have you as organised as you can hope to be in those first whirlwind months of new motherhood. Lastly, if you are bored at throwing ludicrous amounts of money at the latest ‘designer’ wallet offerings take a look at Matt&Nat’s wallets - sophisticated and practical they won’t leave a whole in your pocket and we think they are a great gift idea. Hint hint husbands, boyfriends. 

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Leather done properly is and will remain a luxury product - brands that take care and work with traditional methods (see TINCT and Danielle Foster for great examples) produce beautiful heritage items that will stand the test of time. But there is a definite need to cut down and when the alternative looks this good there is every reason to shop vegan and shop the wonderful Matt&Nat. 

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