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Vegan + Recycled

IYASU luxury vegan medical bags are made of eco-friendly PU vegan leather while the lining is made of recycled plastic bottles. At IYASU, we believe that neither people, animals nor the world should be harmed by fashion. Sustainable, ethical fashion is at the heart of what we do.

For Women in Healthcare

The iconic Gladstone doctor’s bag has been the traditional carrycase for medical equipment for 150 years. But, the Gladstone bag was designed in a bygone time when men dominated the medical profession. Nowadays, over 50% of medical students, and even more GP trainees, are female. That’s why Dr Catherine Fernando designed the IYASU range of luxury vegan medical bags: To reflect the styles and values of today’s female doctors.

IYASU is a Japanese word that means‘to heal’

We only use
and vegan
to leather.


Catherine is the founder and CEO of IYASU Vegan Medical Bags. She grew up in the quiet and beautiful village of Comrie in Perthshire, Scotland. A 2001 graduate of Aberdeen Medical School, she now works as a GP in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland. Catherine is married to Kevin (Co-Director of IYASU) and is a mother of 4 children. She cares deeply about her family and her career and is passionate about education, access to healthcare and being kind to the planet. These values are reflected in the brand ethos of IYASU.

Catherine has designed a sustainable fashion brand to bring the world of doctor’s bags up to date and meet the needs of the growing numbers of women in healthcare. IYASU uses only vegan and recycled materials to create its medical bags, making it a kinder choice for the environment. The company donates a percentage of profits from each bag to charities which promote education and healthcare. Find out more about our story, women medical pioneers that inspired Dr Catherine Fernando or have a look at our luxury vegan medical bags!

We do not
participate in the
exploitation of our planet.

IYASU is a cruelty-free brand for female healthcare professionals.