Wouldn’t it be amazing if you could spend your money on something that looks stylish and visually appealing but also made the world a better place? There are many handbags brands available in the market. We all aspire to look and feel fashionable, and spend thousands purchasing from these handbag brands, but what about the story behind them? Do you know where they are made and by whom, what materials are used and if they have harmed an innocent? These questions can cast unnerving thoughts, which is why so many choose to turn a blind eye and stay ignorant, but this only does more harm than good.
Confession: before I became Vegan I lacked compassion for most things, but once I regained my humanity and realised what I was doing to innocent animals, it lead me on a path of concern for the planet also. (This is the great thing about Veganism, you regain your compassion you didn’t even realise you had lost.) The mission of Eternally Elle is to inspire women to be the queen of her own life and I believe this is achieved through not only gaining confidence and class but practicing acts of compassion with a dedication to make the world a better place.
With an aim to empower women through creating a closet fit for a conqueror, the main building block is consuming consciously because every time you spend your money, you’re actively casting a vote for the kind of world you want to live in.
I can confirm through personal experience, that you will never feel more euphoric than choosing to support ethical brands over fast fashion. It is an act of love; for yourself, the planet and all of it’s inhabitants. This is why I’m so excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with Expressions NYC. An American designer creating luxury handbags that not only look exquisite but have beautiful stories behind them. With a mission to change the world through small steps in reducing pollution and proving that killing an animal is unjustifiable, this is a brand to watch and one which I am eager to support.
Here is my honest review on sustainable vegan bag brand, Expressions NYC.
Expressions NYC have kindly allowed me to choose three of their bags, from the new collection, to inspect and of course, give my honest feedback to my readers. This review is focused on the bag I am wearing in this photoshoot but also takes into consideration the other two bags I was sent, which gives me a solid grasp on the consistency of their products.
The Ethical Mantra
It’s no secret that the world is drowning in plastic and we have a global crisis on our hands. Expressions NYC have taken an incredible step forward and use recycled plastic bottles in the lining material of their bags (Seriously, how incredible is that!?) and I couldn’t be more excited about this approach to fashion. This is a brand whom are opening new doors for the fashion industry and hopefully leading the way to a more sustainable future.
Of course, being featured on Eternally Elle, this is a vegan brand whom ensure that their materials are sourced from certified, high quality faux leather. Expressions NYC are a peta approved brand and hold the same belief as mine; a bag which you buy, should be worthy of your investment. How awesome is that?
This bag measures at 8 inches for both height and width, which I think works as the ideal size for a small sized bag. This bag hits at 4.5 inches deep and therefore, can fit all the necessities in; phone, keys, purse, lipstick, headphones… This, I think, is a great design decision as most small bags can be very limiting. The gold chain strap is removable with a length of approximately 22 inches, hitting around hip length, with a top carry handle also that comes with a removable faux fur cover. This is a feature I never thought I’d love, however, over the past few months I’ve been starting to really enjoy a touch of faux fur and this handle cover really elevates the luxurious feel to the bag. Despite this, I am disappointed and rather confused as to why I received a black cover as the product images reveal a beige cover. Nonetheless, I prefer the black cover as this is more discrete but this is something to take not of as I can’t guarantee you’re going to get the same faux cover as shown on the website.
The bag closes with a magnetic closure flat which is very secure. A great element I have noticed from the other two bags I received from the brand, also. This Broome St Cross Body bag comes in three other colours; blush, tan and camel, all of which are tastefully timeless. One thing Expressions NYC does wonderfully is their colour choices for each bag design which is exquisitely chosen. To confirm, the product images are true to real life so the colours you see on screen are genuine.
Whilst I am happy to support a brand with such incredible ethics, it’s also important that their products will stand the tests of time so as to not create waste by falling apart after a few months. Therefore, quality control is a very important part of any purchase I personally make and I’m pleased to confirm that the overall quality of Expressions NYC is very high. The materials used seem durable and of great quality, despite this, the fabric seems a tad flimsy and not as solid as other bags I have used. However, I believe this is due to the sustainable lining choice. This particular bag has studs on the bottom, which as you all know, I love as this prevents the bottom from wearing-away when you’re setting the bag down on various areas.
The biggest downfall with this bag is that the small rectangular piece of fabric over the metal decoration on the flap has been poorly glued on and unfortunately decreases the quality of the overall design. This feels like a huge shame as the rest of the bag is immaculate. Despite the above, I still think you’re getting your money’s worth and if I wasn’t against hoarding, I’d purchase this bag in the blush and tan without a moments notice.
Shop the outfit
As you may have already noticed, Expressions NYC offer slick bags which are timeless and classy. Each collection is diverse containing designs ranging from minimal and chic to fun and edgy, all of which are done tastefully and promise to never age against the fad trends of fast fashion. Therefore, any bag from this brand is going to offer a lot of diversity, offering a ‘no fuss’ guarantee and easily matching any outfit, you choose to wear.
I’ve been surprising myself recently, fascinated by faux fur for the first time since I were a child and obsessed with 101 Dalmatians. A good example on why I recommend staying open minded when developing your personal style. I adore the faux fur cover on this bags strap as it increases the luxury factor and elevates the overall design. Therefore, I went for a luxurious approach to my styling, curating an outfit that vocalizes everything I desire in an outfit; polished, glamorous, elegant and timeless.
Tailored pieces in neutral colours will easily achieve a look which appears expensive but is quite the contrary. This darling collared dress creates a ladylike flare. Further enhanced by my favourite Autumnal accessory, this Vegan friendly, faux wool beret elevates the look and the bow detail adds a feminine touch. For added classiness, I’ve added my current favourite PU leather stiletto oxfords for a polished finish. A pair of white shoes adds more interest than black and achieves a more dignified look to a monochromatic outfit.
To top it all off, I added delicate gold jewellery to match the bag and my favourite red lipstick, Midnight by Illamasqua to compliment my signature cat eye. A red lip is a great choice for a luxurious look and works as the perfect statement for a black and white outfit.
* in collaboration with Expressions NYC.
Please note that I will never work with a brand that I do not believe in and I will always share my honest, genuine thoughts no matter what.
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