Hope Apple Leather Vegan Handbag | Black
A timeless piece with a minimal, modern touch. The vegan Hope bag is named with a nod to the future after a period of uncertainty, a celebration of what’s to come.
Ethics and style can go hand in hand with this sophisticated vegan bag that's free from animal skin. The perfect accessory to compliment your outfit, it’s made of Appleskin™ (from the leftover waste of the apple juicing industry). This handmade bag boasts a luxury ‘saffiano’ style textured exterior and a beautifully crafted closure at the front.
The bag comes with a buckle on the shoulder strap and three additional holes to extend the length, making it a versatile piece to wear on one shoulder or across the body.
The interior is made up of two main internal compartments and one zip compartment for additional security. The two small internal compartments also provide extra space to organise your essentials.
Each Story 81 bag embraces the concept of slow, timeless fashion and is crafted to effortlessly integrate into your wardrobe, without the feeling of guilt. With a fewer but better philosophy, each piece is made with integrity and kindness from the highest-quality materials and created by skilled craftsmen. Story 81 don’t use any animal-based materials in the production of our bags. This bag is made of PU (polyurethane), an alternative to leather that avoids animals being killed for their skin. Story 81 bags are also PETA approved.
Composition: 100% vegan; Exterior: Appleskin™; Interior: Recycled plastic bottles.
Colour: Black; Gold-tone brass hardware
Size: L28cm x H23cm x D12cm; 108cm strap length
- Soft textured flap
- Stylish front closure
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- Two main internal compartments; one main zip compartment; two small internal pockets.
- Comes with a dustbag and in a luxury vegan gift box, made using 95% recycled and 100% vegan-friendly materials.
STORY 81 is a contemporary vegan brand for the modern human, which started with a mindful objective: to offer kinder alternatives to leather bags, while staying true to timeless, contemporary style. The brand's effortlessly elegant designs have been selected by the Independent among their 12 Best Vegan Designer Handbags, and have been featured in Stylist and You Magazine.
About the Founder
STORY 81 founder Meeta Bhatt’s appreciation for handbags has been passed to her on by the women who have impacted her life: a mother who loves handbags, and a grandmother who took pride in wearing quality handbags with beautiful finishes. Today, her designs still honour the empowering qualities of style in a contemporary way. With contemporary vegan bags nowhere to be found on the high street, the founder set out on a mission to give conscious-minded consumers like herself an alternative to leather handbags.
“Each bag comes with its own story, a reason why it came about. Each style has been carefully considered, always inspired by what we need and use in our everyday lives.”
Currently working with polyurethane – which is less damaging to the environment than its much more toxic cousin, PVC – the brand is moving towards incorporating apple leather and other naturally based vegan leathers into its ranges.
As a female founder, Meeta is careful that the women in her supply chain are not forced to work extended hours if they are unable to. The brand is also passionate about fair wages for all their workers.
The brand's collections are manufactured in China and Romania.
Beautiful packaging is crucial to STORY 81 – all their accessories come in a protective dust bag and a gift box that can be re-used as a storage box, which is recyclable and 95% recycled. All packaging is vegan.
At the core of STORY 81's values is that animal skin does not need to be used as a fashion statement. With a variety of materials available that are free from animal skin, the brand believes that there is no need to choose between ethics and aesthetics, which is why they are PETA-Approved Vegan.
To discover more like this, visit our vegan bags collection.
As a marketplace, we sell many beautiful vegan and sustainable brands – but we don’t hold stock, so when you order a product from us, the item is shipped from the brand directly. This eliminates needless carbon emissions and use of resources from not having to have the item packaged and shipped to us, and then repackaged and shipped out again to the customer; and not having to run major warehouse operations in addition to those of our brands.
If you have purchased multiple items from different brands at the same time, each item will be sent separately and directly from each individual brand.
We manage all customer communications, so if you have any questions or issues with delivery of your item, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our brands usually dispatch items within 1-2 days of your order. Shipping can take between 3-10 days depending on where you are based and where the brand is based. If an item is made to order, this will be clearly indicated in the product's description.
Delivery Destinations & Costs
We currently ship to the following territories: UK & Europe, North America (US, Canada, and Mexico), Australia, New Zealand, Israel, UAE, Hong Kong, and Japan.
Note: Each of our brands select which countries in the world they deliver to, and they set their own delivery costs for each country (which will vary). If this is not clearly stated on the individual product page, then you will be able to check in the shopping bag before proceeding to payment.
Our brands also select their own couriers, which may also differ by country.
Our Prices, VAT & Import Taxes
If you order an item that ships to you from within your own country, there will be no additional taxes or fees on receipt of goods.
If you order an item that ships to you from another country, your order may be subject to VAT and/or import duties, which are the result of international trade agreements between countries and unfortunately not within our control.
Please note the following scenarios:
Customers within the UK
All products shipped to you from within the UK already include VAT, and there will be no further charges.
Products shipped to you from outside the UK under £135 will also already include VAT, and there will be no further charges.
Products shipped from outside the UK over £135 may be liable to import duties on delivery of the item.
Customers within the EU
All products shipped to you from within your own country already include VAT, and there will be no further charges.
Products shipped to you from outside your country under 150 Euros will also already include VAT, and there will be no further charges.
Products shipped from outside your country over 150 Euros may be liable to import duties on delivery of the item.
Customers in the rest of the world, including USA & Canada:
The majority of regions outside UK & EU do not have VAT or import duties that apply except for very high value orders – however this differs by country, so please check with your local customs office if you aren't sure.
Payment of VAT & Import Duties
As the customer, you are responsible for paying any duties that apply in your region. These will be charged at point of delivery, and payable through the courier. Please note, you will be required to pay any relevant VAT & duties before your order will be released to you.
Depending on the courier used by the brand, you will have either an option to pay any additional fees online by following the tracking number available once your order is shipped, or directly to your courier upon delivery.
Unfortunately, if you fail to pay these charges and the parcel is returned to sender, we will not be able to refund your original shipping costs, although we will of course refund the cost of your item, when it has been received by the brand.
A delivery confirmation email from Immaculate Vegan will be sent to you as soon as the order has been sent. This email will contain a tracking number and the date the brand dispatched the item.
If you want to know the status of your delivery, please use the tracking number and link in this delivery confirmation email. This is the easiest and quickest way for you to get this information.
If a brand is experiencing a high volume of orders, or other factors such as poor weather or postal strikes, delivery may be delayed by a few days.
If you experience a delivery issue which has not been resolved by the courier, please contact us and we will do our best to resolve this.
Incorrect Address Details
Please ensure your address is completed correctly and a valid phone number is available at order. Immaculate Vegan does not take responsibility for lost or undelivered items if the address is incorrect.
If your order is returned to the brand, the cost of redelivery must be paid before it is despatched again.
Please see our Returns Policy
We hope you love the items you buy from us; we take the utmost care in ensuring our brands and products are of a high quality. Additionally, as shipping goods has an environmental impact, we hope to minimise returns by giving you as much information as possible about each product.
However, we understand that from time to time things might not be quite what you expected. So here is our policy and instructions if you ever need to return a product.
How do I request a return?
Immaculate Vegan is a multi-brand marketplace. That means that we offer products from different brands based in different countries. So you need to return your item directly to the brand supplier, not to Immaculate Vegan.
If you want to return an item, you need to inform Immaculate Vegan, not the brand. Please email us at email@example.com.
How long do I have to return my order?
You have 14 days to inform us of your desire to return an item, and then a further 14 days from the date you notify us to send back the item.
Do you offer free returns?
Unfortunately because they are small, independent businesses, the vast majority of our brands are NOT able to offer free shipping – it would simply make trading unfeasible. An exception is Will's Vegan Store which does offer free returns and exchanges. Please still contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make a return or exchange for Wills, and we will process this for you.
Please note that any delivery costs or import taxes you may have had to pay to receive an item cannot be refunded by us upon the return of that item.
What can be returned?
Any item – regular priced or sale price – may be returned and refunded. This includes items purchased with a promotional or discount code.
However, any custom-made / made to order products cannot be returned and refunded.
What if an item is faulty?
If an item is faulty, the brand is responsible for paying for costs of returning the item. Please inform us if you receive a faulty item as soon as possible, by emailing us at email@example.com. We will ensure you either have a refund or an exchange.
How should I send back my return?
Please ensure you package your return securely to prevent any damage to the items or boxes.
You are responsible for any item being returned until it arrives back at the supplier. We recommend a signed-for and tracked delivery with proof of postage. This is to ensure that if an item goes missing, it can be tracked.
For non-domestic, international returns, please ensure the package is clearly marked as a return, i.e. 'RETURNED GOODS – FAILED SALE'. We ask that you also use a Customs Declaration (like a CN22 form) that allows you to formally mark the package as Returned Goods. Otherwise the brand will incur import charges that you – the customer – will be liable for. This amount will be deducted from your refund as well as any shipping costs. It may be advisable to take a photo of your package in the event of any dispute.
In what condition will you accept returns?
All items returned must be in their original condition – unused, unworn, unwashed, in the original packaging and with original labels and any hygiene stickers attached. All beauty products must be unopened, with all seals in place. Unfortunately, our suppliers will not be able to accept any items that fail to meet these criteria.
Processing your return
Once your returned item is received and inspected, the supplier will notify us, and we will then send you an email confirming this.
If your return is approved, your refund will be processed. We aim to refund you as soon as we can, once your returned item has been processed by the supplier.
We are legally obliged to ensure your money is refunded within 14 working days of receipt of the returned goods in a saleable condition.
Please note that original shipping costs are not refundable unless the delivered item is faulty.
Most of our brand partners allow exchanges, although some only offer a return and refund. If you wish to have an exchange, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have had to pay import duty on a purchase, then you may be able to reclaim that from your local tax office, if you return the goods. Immaculate Vegan is not responsible for any additional customs and taxes applied to an order.
Returns & Damages
Immaculate Vegan is not liable for any items damaged or lost during delivery. If this does occur, please let us know and we will contact the brand and then follow up with you.
Cancellation policy and process
You can cancel an order that you have paid for if it has not yet been dispatched. To do this, please notify us by using the Contact Us form on our website or email us at email@example.com.
If you cancel an order that has been dispatched you are obliged to pay the cost of the return shipping. Note: we are unable to refund this or the original shipping fee.
We aim to process your refund within than 5 days of receipt of goods.
Any custom-made or made-to-order products cannot be cancelled.
This policy applies to products purchased from the www.immaculatevegan.com website only.
If you have any questions about returns or cancellations that we haven’t answered, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.