Say eco-bag, and most people visualize a hemp sack full of health-food store groceries or hippie wares. Look no further for exception to the general rule (e.g. designer opulence and eco-practices) than Vegan Queen. This brand uses sustainable practices and environmentally friendly materials to create cruelty-free, cutting edge designs. For instance, the No. 5 diamond bag (pictured above) is a perfectly lux example, made of eco-leather and organic cotton liner, with PVC-free eco-polymers. Let's just say it wouldn't look out of place at the toniest of venues. And, you'll be able to say with complete conviction, that chemically treated logos on Italian leather are soooooo passé.

This article originally appeared in "Plenty" in December 2008.

Copyright Environ Press 2008