New York Fashion Week gets vegan with Vaute! »
Leanne says the collection was inspired by Sailor Moon so I was expecting a lot of wackiness, but it was actually rather understated. But there were a lot of fun little details like the heart cutout in the dress below and various interesting buttons and such. There was a lot of purple like the jacket above—I’m in love with purple so I’m stoked about that. Purple is just flattering on practically everyone. Or…at least on me! But yes, purple was the dominant color surrounded by variations of white and beige.
I love the sweater below so much. I love the shoulders and sleeves and it’s hard to see but there’s this little abstract silver design on the front. So great.
There was plenty of menswear as well. And look who I saw, my friend David Raphael Hildebrand was in the show! Did you know this multi-talented author/model/Pisces is now writing pieces for The Discerning Brute? Well he is. Joshua Katcher was of course at the show as well and I believe those are a pair of his Brave GentleMan shoes on David.
The Humane Society of New York represented at the show and brought doggie models! ADOPTABLE doggie models! Look at the handsome lady below. What a cutie!
Pup model backstage:
Here’s more purple:
The picture below is terrible but I wanted to show you the cute star cutout on the back of the purple dress.
Leanne was obviously the woman of the hour so I wasn’t able to get that close for a pic but here she is posing with some of the models. I absolutely love the dress she wore, all red with its little heart cutout.
The quotes they’re holding in the picture are all from Sailor Moon. I’m not sure I ever watched that show but Leanne was telling me all about it recently. Apparently the girl gets to be Sailor Moon because she rescues a stray cat from some neighborhood bullies? So AR.
In summary, I think the first-ever vegan NYC Fashion Week show was a hit! Rescue pups, sweets from Vegan Treats, and amazing clothes! Leanne is really helping to usher us vegans into a new era, one in which omnivores envy us instead of ostracize us. Fashion may not be your thing but it is a lot of people’s thing and if veganism is going to solidify its place in mainstream culture, it’s one arena we need to tackle. I think we are well on our way! The future is bright, my friends.
Hey pals, check out this cute tank top from Etsy store Lamotif01! I’m into it. It’s simple but sexy. Plus, shouldn’t the world know you’re vegan? I mean, I tell everyone and their mom but then it would be like, “I know she SAID she’s vegan but wow, she really MUST be vegan with a shirt like that!” Oh you guys, people are so silly, never believing me and whatnot.
Treewool: new vegan clothing line made by rad vegan lady! »
Yes! More vegans to support and get something awesome out of it! Treewool, brought to us by the lovely Kristin Blackmore, is making its debut on Etsy! Bringing an organic, ethically sourced, adorable line of knitwear to the people! We’re particularly enamored with EVERYTHING but are loving this vest (and the model! hot stuff!!):
And that’s just the beginning! There’s so much more cuteness and we’re sure that Kristen, being an adorable design-and-textile vegan, will continue to bring the adorability and functionality and radness and yeah, everything good! And when she continues to bring it, there will be a plus-sized line and I will be the model because I’m really cute and LOVE FASHION and don’t want to be relegated to shopping exclusively at the Hefty Hideaway. Or maybe I do, HELLO FRINGE!
Design a shirt with Monkey + Seal and raise money for Harvest Home Sanctuary! »
This is so ridiculously awesome and if you don’t participate, I’ll cut off your balls.
Two of our most favorite people, Rick and Eve of Monkey + Seal, are the super-cutest, most talented design duo in history. You might remember Rick from creating the most bad-ass watercolor illustration of Vegansaurus saving a chicken? Well, these two geniuses want to create a vegan-related/anti-animal-cruelty t-shirt, and they want you to give them ideas for what should be on the shirt! If your idea is chosen, not only will you see your vision printed onto many, many t-shirts and sold INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE (you’re a total hustler) but you’ll also get a shirt for free. What’s more! 20 percent of the $18 retail price of the shirt ($3.60) will go to wonderful farm animal sanctuary/adoption service/education center Harvest Home Sanctuary, to take care of Tracy and the rest of the awesome crew. This is reason enough alone to put on your creative thinking caps and come up with the best design idea in history!
AND MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE:
(It is a NARWAHL and a UNICORN finding each other after years and years of rejection because of their
creepy adorable horns. I love this shirt more than I love my own life. AND I LOVE TO BE LIVIN, PEOPLE.)
So, now you see what they can do. What are your ideas?? Leave them in the comments (or if you’re shy, email me and I’ll pass them on!). Use that big, beautiful brain of yours and come up with something (or somethingS! enter more than one idea!) magical and amazing! For inspiration, listen to this on repeat.
LAURA M IS THE WINNER! Girlfriend, email me and I’ll get you your shirt!
It’s a Vegansaurus giveaway, y’all!!!!
It’s a saucy red t-shirt in a women’s large (but this is American Apparel large so think, about a size 00). I got this as a gift but it doesn’t fit and I’m not planning on losing a full person anytime soon so MY REFUSING TO LOSE IS YOUR GAIN. If you’re a big fat fatty too (or a dude) (or a big fat fatty dude), you could totally cut this up and wear it as bra top or patch on your jeans or as an loincloth. Whatever, you’re gonna love it.
For a chance to win, put your age in the comment field. If you don’t know it, just put a number. ANY NUMBER. Winner will be chosen sometime next week and it’ll be totally random unless my bestie enters and then she’s totally winning. AT LEAST I DON’T LIE TO YOU!!
p.s. the shirt doesn’t smell like smoke or dog. TOO MUCH. I kid, it’s clean. ish.
Unaffordable Vegan Winter Coats »
[Ed.: I will say that they use hella high-quality materials and they do cost less than say, Stella McCartney, and they are super-cute, so vegans with money, BUY THEM FOR THOSE OF US WHO CAN’T. But yeah, I’d love to see some more affordable vegan winter coats…anyone up for a round-up!?]
Sugar Beat Sweets, the San Francisco vegan bakery that will soon have a storefront (!!!), is selling limited edition t-shirts that are beyond awesome. They’re designed by the good folks at Herbivore Clothing so you know, pretty great. Pre-orders will start later this week, with shirts shipping by the end of November.
Now, please excuse me, while I try to get this bit of genius out of my head all day.
Store review: Micio Mambo! »
Micio Mambo is an awesome all-vegan boutique off of Grand Avenue in Oakland. I wrote this hilarious epic review about them but then Firefox fucking crashed and since Tumblr doesn’t auto-save, I don’t have it anymore. I’m so pissed, I hate the internet SO FUCKING MUCH. The review was funny and touching and marvelous, nothing like it has been written, before or since or ever. My genius is lost and it’s freezing in this house, I’m so cold. So, so cold.
Okay so Micio Mambo. Cruelty-free and environmentally friendly shop filled with shoes, bags, bath and body stuff, jewelery, shirts and much more. Everything is very reasonably priced and Ursula, the super friendly and adorable owner has a good eye for cute shit and you’ll want all of it. If they don’t have something you’re looking for, mention it to her and I bet she can order it. She’s super.
So the first time I came to Micio Mambo it was for an East Bay Animal Advocate’s* fundraiser party. At this benefit, I met Pia the chicken. It was my first time meeting a chicken nose to beak and it was GREAT. Pia was a sassy little girl who preferred observing the activity from the safety of her crate and after what she’d been through, you couldn’t blame her. EBAA had recently saved Pia and a bunch of other chicks that were discovered at a post office in Oakland en route from an evil Santa Cruz hatchery to an evil “farm” in Washington state. They were ONE DAY OLD. They were found in SHIPPING BOXES. FUCKING A. When people argue about whether humans are inherently good or evil, I just want to rip my hair out. Humans are an awful fucking plague on this earth. Seriously, how did it get this bad? It’s like we’re living in the alternate 1985 from Back to the Future Part II when Biff is in charge and the streets are on fire and gangs of hoodlums roam the city just shooting at nuns and babies and your dad is dead and your alcoholic mom is trapped in a relationship with an abusive psychopath and you’re too much of a good for nothing delinquent that you can’t do anything to help her OH AND THE DELORIAN ISN’T WORKING AND YOU (read: the entire human race) ARE SCREWED! Seriously, that future is now and the future is fucked.
What I’m trying to say here is that if I lived through what Pia lived through, I wouldn’t be the lovely, sassy lady that she was. I’d be pecking out eyes and karate-chopping fools in the balls and shit. That’s all I’m trying to say.
*Now stop reading this and go give them all your money. They are one of the few groups that are actively pursuing real change for animals. So instead of getting up at the 3 a.m. on Black Friday to stand outside in the freezing cold just to buy more hideous shit you don’t need from TJ Maxx, why don’t you stop by Micio Mambo and support a great local business and then make a donation to EBAA?! ‘Tis the seasons, motherfuckers!