Vegan Leather? Matt & Nat Archive Bag Review

In my never ending quest for the perfect laptop bag, I stumbled across a French Canadian company called Matt & Nat who have an entire line of soft goods but it was their Archive bag that caught my eye. It’s all vegan leather which is an oxymoron so just think of it as faux leather – really good faux leather. Hit the jump for me review.

For a faux leather bag that commands an almost “real” leather price tag, quality better be good. Thankfully Matt & Nat’s quality is top tier. It looks like leather, feels like leather, and smells like leather. The grain is smooth without the nasty cracking. It’s incredibly soft and when placed right next to a Louis Vuitton bag, you’d be hard pressed to differentiate quality.

The Archive has a light grey faux suede lining, tone on tone stitching, and brushed nickel hardware. Utilitarian fans rejoice because there are enough zip enclosures, pockets, flaps, nooks and crannies to carry everything from a 17″ laptop to cables, mobile phone, stationary, and accessories. I’ve been toting it around with my MacBook Pro for a month and it still looks brand new. The only noticeable change is the bag getting softer which I’m all for. There’s a detachable shoulder strap too but I prefer to carry it as a briefcase or manbag – whatever you want to call it.

There are 3 colors to choose from, white, grey, and black. The Archive measure 19″ X 16″ X 3.75″ and costs $315. If you need something that’s functional and stylish, leave the ordinary laptop carriers at home. Splurge and get the Archive. It’s absolutely gorgeous inside and out.

Designer: Matt & Nat (Buy It Here)

10 Comments

  • Jecks says:

    Matt and Nat produce excellent laptop bags. I have a brown one to carry my laptop about and i have plenty of room to carry adapters and books as there are side pockets, interior pockets to fit in equipment. They also come with pen/pencil holder and a place to put you key ring. I am even able to pack some clothes in there without it all getting too heavy.

    The quality is spot in as it should be for the price tag!

  • Tom says:

    I think the grey suede linking is what really pushes this piece over the top. It looks fantastic, and I’d hardly call $315 a real leather price tag… Well, at least not real designer leather.

    Great review, thanks for turning me on to this company!

  • gatchagatcha says:

    http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/media/press-releases/poisons-underfoot

    “Other chemicals found in the vinyl samples include phthalates used as softeners in PVC. Two of them, BBP [6] and DINP have already been banned in the EU from use in chewy children’s toys because of their potential health effects.”

    “…vinyl contained tributyltin (TBT) which is both toxic to animals and is known to have caused sex changes in marine wildlife. ”

    According to the Royal Society (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals. Document 06/00 June 2000) the organotin TBT is responsible for “abundant, undisputed, and world-wide population-level effects in wildlife”.

    Vegan leather = vinyl = beware.

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  • fatcat says:

    A couple of things: 1. Matt & Nat isn't French Canadian. They are located in Montreal but neither owner is French Canadian. In fact, they do not provide hardly any customer support in French.
    2 . See gatchagatcha's comment above. "Vegan Leather" is very clever marketing-speak for PLASTIC. Their bags are mostly made of PVC. PVC is harmful to the environment and to people.
    3. These bags are made in China. I wonder how much money their paying their factory workers there, with the bags priced so highly? I bet not nearly enough.

  • fatcat says:

    A couple of things: 1. Matt & Nat isn't French Canadian. They are located in Montreal but neither owner is French Canadian. In fact, they do not provide hardly any customer support in French.
    2 . See gatchagatcha's comment above. “Vegan Leather” is very clever marketing-speak for PLASTIC. Their bags are mostly made of PVC. PVC is harmful to the environment and to people.
    3. These bags are made in China. I wonder how much money their paying their factory workers there, with the bags priced so highly? I bet not nearly enough.

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