Fair-wage vegan accessories—you can help make them possible! »
You guessed it! It’s your weekly vegan crowd funding effort. I think you’ll like this one! Miss Manos is a project to help women in Costa Rica make a good wage by making animal friendly handbags! Here’s their mission statement:
Empowering women and improving their quality of life through a shared initiative. A fair-wage sewing venture that creates beautiful eco and animal friendly handbags and accessories.
I know, you’re in love. Well if you want to help, better do it quickly! They have 40-some hours left to meet their goal!
I have to see if I can get that brown one without the flower thing. I love the clutch shape and asymmetrical front flap. Not the flower though. OMG and I love the color!
But there’s lots of fun rewards for donations so check them out and donate if you can/want!
It’s a gigantic Matt & Nat sale and there’s only one day left!
Matt & Nat is a spectacular Canadian company that makes gorgeous vegan handbags, wallets, belts, carryalls, basically any fancy faux-leather accessory a vegan could want to stow their stuff in. We love Matt & Nat! You love Matt & Nat! And through the end of today, Tuesday, Jan. 31, Matt & Nat is having a big old sale! Go buy stuff like this sassy Santogold purse for nearly 40 percent off! That is a deal!
Go forth and shop, and let no one say vegans are anything but the best-dressed. Non? SI.
Fancy dress: Brave Gentleman’s vegan ties! »
Ecouterre brings us wonderful news: Brave Gentleman has a line of vegan ties! They are made of “a blend of organic cotton and recycled hemp, then stiffened with interfacing derived from recycled plastic bottles—a manufacturing first for ties. All eight designs are crafted in New York City’s historic Garment District under fair-labor conditions.”
I’ve heard it’s difficult to find vegan ties, or at least vegan ties that aren’t those hideous, squared-off, knitted monstrosities. These eight designs are not those; they’re neat, basic without being boring, and altogether quite pleasing (except for the wide-wale corduroy. God save us from wide-wale corduroy).
They’ve even got bow ties in two widths, if you’re into that sort of thing. Frankly I feel like we’re still recovering from Tucker Carlson’s nauseating bow tie appropriation of the last decade—outside of a tux, of course—but if you feel confident in a bow tie, then by all means, put one on.
I am super-into these ties. I’m also super-into that J.Crew, casual-preppy, “summer in Kennebunkport” look, and they hit that note perfectly, so maybe that’s it. Regardless, if you have some money to drop on classic, U.S.-made, vegan accessories, Brave Gentleman’s got the neckwear for you.
Threadbared: cement is the new nacre »
You read Threadbared, right? It’s so smart! It makes me feel like I’m always learning something about, and also am really bad at dressing myself, which is fair; those ladies are creative and brilliant.
Today, they found the cleverest not-pearl jewelry since Kaisli Kiuru for Regensi: these cement “pearl” earrings by Metsa Design. Each little not-pearl is hand-cast! And, best part, the color changes with wear, as the porous concrete absorbs who know what when you expose it to the elements, as well as “the oils from your skin.” Wait, consider it; that is actually way more interesting than gross, and kind of a genius thing to have taken into account when making these earrings. Metsa Design is in Toronto, and does take orders from the U.S.—should anyone be interested in wearing these chic little baubles.
Guest review: Sway Noe Valley! »
Sway opened this summer in Noe Valley. It’s a boutique with a selection of affordable clothing chosen by a vegan buyer with great taste. Sway is part of a local chain—there are stores in Alameda, Berkeley, Concord, and Oakland—that reminds me of a less-expensive, less-trendy LF or Urban Outfitters: boho-chic styles like skinny jeans, flowered shirts, dresses, and jumpers, the store caters to the same teen-to-30-something demographic. But what struck me was the variety of vegan fashions for sale.
“We definitely offer a large array of animal-friendly shoes and belts that are fashion-forward,” says buyer Michelle Halprin. “A lot of my vegan friends—especially those coming from out of town—stock up on our non-leather shoes and bags because we are able to get the looks that are often only available in leather.”
Michelle says for as long as she can remember Sway never carried leather or any other animal products. Some of the jackets are wool and the occasional shoes leather due to costumer demand, but she buys vegan fashion whenever possible. Even Sway’s owner is vegetarian.
Not all items at Sway carry Vegan Action’s relatively new "Certified Vegan" label, outside of the purses they carry from Urban Expressions. She hopes more lines will carry the label in the future. For now, Sway’s non-leather brands include Pink Duchess, Miss Me, Soda, Qupid, Dreams, and Breckelles. Purses include sleek, buttery soft ones by Ebisu, Super Trader, Urban Expressions, and Let Them Eat Cake. This fall, find more non-leather purses by Flying Tomato and cool non-leather jackets.
Sway is located at 3979 24th St. at Noe Street. You can also follow the store on Twitter.
This is Vera Churilov’s from Nourish the Spirit's first post at Vegansaurus. Thanks, Vera!
Shiraleah: the vegan hotness »
Three percent of their profits from the handbags go toward helping disabled children in Hanoi, Vietnam: “Our goal is to purchase needed rehabilitation equipment and double each child’s daily food budget to provide a balanced, nutritious diet.” Shweet! They’re also environmentally friendly and all that good crap. I recently got this wallet from them and it’s super-dope. Well made and I’ve stopped losing my credit cards.