Matt & Nat Backpacks Elevate Street Style

Matt & Nat backpacks have become the staple accessory for women on the go. The Montreal-based vegan handbag line has found it’s stride in minimalist styles in unique shapes, adding a classic flair to modern purses.

Matt & Nat, named after Mat(t)erial and Nature for their eco-friendly pieces, was founded by Inder Bedi in 1995. Bedi was passionate about his personal vegan diet and decided to extend the lifestyle choice to the bags he used while in school. In 2001, Bedi partnered with current Matt & Nat President and CEO Manny Kohli.

A Matt & Nat wallet.

Kohli cites both Bedi’s and his Indian heritage to his own interest in vegan products. “In our culture, cows are considered a sacred animal,” Kohli explained. “It felt very natural to create a brand that respected this.”

The Matt & Nat brand motto is to “live beautifully” without disrupting nature and practicing social responsibility. The brand uses recycled nylons, cardboard, rubber, recycled tires, and cork to make their products, ranging from backpacks to satchels to belts. Each piece is lined with recycled plastic bottles. The brand reuses on average four million plastic bottles a year to create their bags. The brand hopes to expand into jackets, vegan-made candles, and reusable water bottles. Today, Matt & Nat handbags are available at Urban Outfitters, Nordstrom, and online.

A Matt & Nat vintage-inspired handbag.

Yet the most unique feature for Matt & Nat products is their subtle shades and unexpected nature-inspired hues. It’s no wonder women everywhere are choosing Matt & Nat handbags to accessorize their outfits.

“We want to show that cruelty-free fashion can be chic and stylish and to prove that accessories don’t need to be made of leather to be considered fashionable,” Kohli said.


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