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Carry On! Vegan Handbags Abound at 71st Annual Golden Globes

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Okay. So perhaps abound implies more than we mean, but let’s just say we’re privy to three stylish stars rocking cruelty-free clutches by high-end handbag label Jill Milan. There may have been—and very likely were—many more celebs grasping kind designer duds at the 71st annual Golden Globes on Sunday (Mayim Bialik and Jessica Chastain perhaps?), but this is what we can confirm. And we. are. pleased.

The luxe LA-based brand supplied elegant evening bags to “Parks and Recreation“‘s Rashida Jones, “Scandal”‘s Katie Lowes and actress Bryce Dallas Howard.

“They all looked great,” wrote Jill Milan co-founder Jill Fraser to us in an email yesterday. “It’s not easy preparing for Hollywood events of that magnitude and all three women looked wonderful.”

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Octagon Clutch (carried by Katie Lowes)

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Laurel Canyon Clutch (carried by Bryce Dallas Howard)

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Holland Park Clutch (carried by Rashida Jones)

We couldn’t agree more. And the latest to don Jill Milan—a name inspired by Fraser and her co-founder Milan Lazich—are in good company, joining the ranks of other famous faces who have had the privilege of so selflessly accessorizing. Among those who have sported the harmless hardware are Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington.

Fraser proudly expanded on the latter: “One of the most touching moments was when Kerry Washington carried our bag with an equestrian print dress by Giles Deacon to the “Django Unchained” premiere. Since we contribute to Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue, this was very exciting for us.”

When we asked if she knew why these TV beauties specifically selected her leather-less bags from what must have been an ample pool of options, Fraser kept things succinct, steering clear of speculation.

“Katie has carried our bags a number of times. It really comes down to the right look for a particular actress on a certain night—matching the clutch to the gown.” Aww, shucks. We were hoping she was hip to something we weren’t, like maybe that the trio also ordered the plant-based dinner in addition to showing off vegan bling at the Beverly Hilton. A team can dream.

Regardless, the trio looked lovely, as Fraser alluded to, with Jones in Fausto Puglisi, Lowes in L’Wren Scott and Howard in Oscar de la Renta. The “Scandal” actress even tweeted about her outfit. Accompanying their couture, Jones carried the Holland Park Clutch, Lowes carried the Octagon Clutch and Howard carried the Laurel Canyon Clutch. Swoon!

Beyond being animal-friendly, Jill Milan bags are planet- and people-friendly, too. Crafted in Italy at a family-owned atelier, the coveted products are made by skilled artisans of 100% Italian materials, which are, Fraser explains, “very expensive, but beautiful.” With a chic, modern aesthetic defined by clean lines and reminiscent of the art deco era, Jill Milan might just be our next big bag splurge. Red carpet, here we come!

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  • Jill Milan’s bags are so beautiful and it’s nice to see celebs carrying something that’s ethically made on all fronts. Carry on indeed!

  • m1kesa1m0ns

    Now if they can just start using 100% post-consumer recycled materials for their faux patent… Maybe it is, but I’m not seeing it announced anywhere on her site.


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