Compassionate Coats: Feather And Fuzz Free
Published on November 3, 2010 by admin · 12 Comments
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Once you take a peek into the hidden sides of the wool industry or find out how goose and duck down are procured, wool and down-filled coats start to feel cold and cruel. So what is a good girl (or a benevolent boy) to do when the weather gets chilly? People draw the line at different places. Some will wear wool and down if it’s second hand, while others decide to donate their coats and buy cruelty-free versions. Want to go vegan all-the-way down to your winter wear? Vaute Couture as quickly become the gold standard of vegan outerwear fashion. It doesn’t get any greener or more gorgeous than this. Here are several pieces from their Fall 2010 line:
The Audrey, timeless chic;
The Airs, street smart and feminine, an Urban Snow Coat using crazy warm technology from Teijin and Primaloft;
The FW10 Vaute Coat, marvelously modern:
Not to mention all the new men’s coats from this Vaute season! Finally, your Vegsband can sport cruelty-free coats that don’t look straight out of the 99 cents store! And as a wee bonus: Vaute Couture Lovaz: Grab a 35% discount on all new FW10 coats when you tell them GirlieGirl Army sent you!
The Betty Coat from BTC Elements is made from recycled cotton/acrylic blend:
…as is the Esther Coat:
The Erla, a little white riding coat from Juleselin:
Alternative Outfitters sells sweet faux wool coats from the BB Dakota line, like the Beverly:
UK designer Karen Millen offers a surprising number of non-wool options:
This removeable-scarf swing coat from Chadwicks is a very vegan take on the Chanel classic:
Patagonia’s Lidia Parka is a puffy coat made with recycled polyester:
Want more reasons not to wear wool, and to read about more alternatives? Check out this, this, and this piece from our good ‘ole GGA archives! Who knows.. before long, sweaters may be made out of tofu!
Content via Marisa Miller-Wolfson of Vegan At Heart/ Kind Green Planet. Vegan at Heart is a free e-mail coaching program for people who are vegan at heart but not necessarily in practice.
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Here are some of our current must-haves for getting through this winter looking as lovely outside as we feel inside - bearing in mind actual usability. We are busy ladies here at GGA HQ and as much as we wish we were as drag queened out daily as we used to be, it's just not reality in our winter hustle.
Here are our picks for things we'd actually wear regularly;
Adore these faux-sheepskin boots made incredibly well by Italian vegan line Noah (they also make great mens shoes and lovely scarves made from flax!) These boots are as comfy as they seem and up the put-together ante of any lazy leggings and big sweater outfit.
Double the price Stella's also suit your casual winter list;
If you are lucky enough to be a size 7 or 10, these Stella's are on major sale (60% off!) on theoutnet.com right now.
Ditto with these great moto looking suckers from Stella, but you'd need to be a size 6 to get the great price.
Entirely vegan coat line Vaute Couture is made in the USA and is entirely ethically sourced, created, and made. You'll feel warm in your heart (and on your body) knowing you supported this type of business.
I'll admit I used to wrap myself in my Mothers fur coats in the hall closet when I was a little girl. This was before I knew how much more beautiful those skins looked on their living owners! Now there is no excuse not to wear faux when it feels this silky and soft. Fabulous Furs has hundreds of fake furs available, many of them slightly cheesy.. but if you work one of the more vintage-y looking ones right (like the one below) it will look more Grandma's brooch and less Cruella DeVille.
A lovely faux-sheepskin wrap coat gives that great 70's vibe which never goes out of style.
Love Lara Miller's organic knits, all so well made.
Okay maybe not handmade, but they are always affordable and animal fiber free.. hm is a treasure trove of affordable coats, hats, and scarves.
Invoke your inner Kate Bush for all your holiday parties in this dress which can be accessorized ten billion different ways to make endless new looks.
This great BJ bag is perfect for day and night and stores absolutely everything. It's also incredibly festive. Get $15 off your first purchase (of any kind.. including this bag!) at ModCloth with our special GGA link.
This hand beaded necklace is based on a design traditionally worn by the tribes of the southern Philippines. It's a statement piece and can make a plain white long sleeve look fabulous. This necklace supports community co-operatives and indigenous tribespeople. A minimum of 10% of our profits go towards sustainable development projects in the Philippines and Rwanda! Exclusive to GirlieGirl Army, get a $15 credit towards this necklace (or any first purchase from Ethical Ocean.com) when you use this […]
- Couture Vegan Coat Otaku & Discovering Dharma With Vaute CoutureWant to know how and why a successful model and MBA student Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart would ditch it all, go vegan, and dedicate her life to designing couture, eco-friendly, cruelty-free coats with her line Vaute Couture? We asked her.
Obsessed. You could definitely say that I am obsessed with vegan coats- specifically warm and adorable vegan coats. First it was finding them. Now it's creating them.
Why? Why spend a year of 60-80 hour weeks, no income, my and my husband's savings, quit my full ride MBA and modeling contract in Asia to develop a line of coats? I can barely sew and yes, now you can call me crazy. So let's start with how I got here.
Modeling in Taipei three years ago, I finished reading all the books I had packed from the States (living with 8 sixteen year old European models can get lonely), and found the nearest secondhand bookstore. I picked up the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra. In there, I discovered the Law of Dharma- that where your unique talents meet the needs of the world is abundance, and your life purpose.
At the time, I was in what I now call my Period of Lost... after deciding not to follow the career on my college diploma I began the search & journey of finding a new path- wondering what I could be doing differently, what I should change, how to make myself good enough-better- and so on and so forth, driving myself mad and then I stopped. It took another trip halfway around the world (Hong Kong), doing something that I just kind of liked & wasn't really that good at, to realize that who I've always been- who 6 year old Leanne was- (loves animals & strangers, starting things, and draws a lot) is who I could be now too. The path I needed was the one I was already on, I didn't need to change to fit on someone else's. And each step had its part: every challenge, tangent, love, loss, and friend, I could take all the things inside and create something unique to share. I was so scared and so sure. I couldn't not do it. It was like love- full speed ahead.
So sheep. Have you ever met a sheep? Everyone loves sheep at first thought- so sweet, often the victim in children's tales, the reason Lisa Simpson went vegetarian, definitely in the top 3 on that cute and cuddly animal list with baby seals and itty bitty chicks. So why the except wool deal? Why do so many vegetarians/vegans/animal lovers who would never wear leather, or eat meat, or drink milk, wear wool? And why the heck not?
I personally believe that animals are not ours for any reason. Animals have their own reasons for being here, for existing. I do not need to use their bodies to live my life, and in many cases I'm better off for not anyway. Okay but maybe you don't feel that way- so why else not, right?
Here's the deal. Wool is, for the most part, factory farmed, just like meat, eggs, and milk. This means all the awful cruel and disgusting cost cutting soul ignoring practices of factory farms for food are also the case for sheep raised for wool. I'll spare you the details (if you're part of the GirlieGirlArmy, then I think you know about factory farms.) But here's the final slice- the sheep, raised for wool don't go to a pasture to live out their life in the sunshine and grass once they're done being productive. They are slaughtered. Yes- killed. For meat and/or shearling (skin). The wool industry IS the meat industry. This is the zinger.
I went vegan at 17 when I realized the dairy industry was the veal industry was the dairy industry. And hell no would I ever eat veal. So why in the world was I eating cheese for breakfast lunch and dinner? (hey, my dad grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm and HE told me I ate too much cheese when I stopped, he was pretty relieved for my health.)
Now a sidenote- sometimes I'm asked why I don't just use organic wool- well, besides the fact that I don't believe in using animals for luxury or profit, I also have to mention why I created Vaute Couture- not to be a single conscientious business, but to push the industry towards solutions we can use to eliminate the need for animal fabrics in fashion. Sentient beings don't fit well into the cost-equations of business because their sentient nature is never part of the equation to begin with- I aim to cut out the risk of cruelty entirely by developing new solutions that don't involve using animals to begin with.
These Vaute Couture coats are proof that style and compassion go hand-in-hand, now available here for 30% off with code "GirlieGirlArmy"!
Going vegetarian then vegan was the first major decision in my life that was a no-brainer. There are some things that once you discover them, you recognize them, they've been a part of you all along, and you know they are who you are. Vegan isn't about being perfect or what you can't have, it's about empowering yourself to choose what you support with your everyday choices. And how those choices add up.
Is it cool if I leave with three words I wish I told myself at 22? You are enough.
Let us each go out and make the world a better place in only the way each of us can.
Leanne is founder & creative director of Vaute Couture, a new vegan fashion house that she created to be a voice for the animals in the industry and push towards animal-free fabrics & processes. She spent a year developing the first line of high style & ethics & performance coats- now available here for 30% off (thru 10/27) with code "GirlieGirlArmy". Leanne has been named 20 under 30 by VegNews Magazine for her animal activism from an early age. She is also a Ford model, MBA drop-out, and plays classical trumpet.
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The Ariel Trench from Delia's rocks a Double-breasted military-style with gold buttons.
This Double-breasted coat with black piping and oversized button snaps is only $50 and perfect for casual outings.
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