I was a vegan for 10 years from the age of fifteen. I wasn´t so strict as to not wear leather shoes (and I even ate honey!) but I certainly did not own any superfluous leather goods.
Now that I´m married to Fernando things have changed. I´m now vegetarian, not vegan and I have a leather passport holder, a leather glasses case, a leather-bound diary, a leather purse, a leather pencil case, a leather camera case, a leather mobile phone holder, a leather briefcase and three leather shoulder bags!
My argument has always been that leather is a by-product of the meat industry and that the animal is not killed just for its hide. I hope I can still convince myself as to the truth of this, the more I find out about it!