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08/25/2009

The fancy-fancy: Vegans in faux-furs  »

The LA Times ran a nice little feature on “vegan fashion” on Sunday. Inside, a number of young designers and boutique owners explain why they run cruelty-free businesses, and it touches on reasons that consumers would want to buy vegan clothing, shoes, and accessories. Seriously, it’s decent, and only a little bit giggle-at-the-loonies. The designers—including Elizabeth Olsen of OlsenHaus, Inder Bendi of Matt & Nat, and Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture—are all middle-priced brands, less dear than Stella McCartney,* but of higher quality than “polyurethane flats from Payless.” Ew, Payless, que naco. Nothing stylish ever came out of that place.

If you’ve wished you could buy more clothes only to be stymied by all the death and destruction found in even a simple pair of underpants, do not despair: there is more out there for us than cotton and plastics. Today, Vegansaurus introduces a new feature: The Fancy-Fancy, in which we discuss fashion! Because 100 percent of us love clothes a lot, and 100 percent of us take a lot of care to ensure that what we wear reflects our beliefs as much as what we eat. Also, because this is a “living guide” as well as an “eating guide,” and you can’t say you’re really living if you don’t look good.

*Problematic, this one. She’s the only major designer I can think of who doesn’t use any leather, and of course she doesn’t use fur, but she does use wool and silk.  Presumably from well cared-for sheep and goats, like those of the Hudson Valley Fiber Farm, but I can’t find confirmation.

12/18/2008

“ The holiday potluck may seem like an innocent, inexpensive way to throw a party, where friends and colleagues can share favorite recipes, savor an unusual dish or indulge a sweet tooth. But for some people, it’s a minefield of food-poisoning bacteria waiting to wreak havoc. „

The LA TImes is ‘Grossed out by Holiday Potlucks’. We at Vegansaurus would like to point out that at vegan potlucks—the best potlucks of all!—there is little to no risk of contracting food poisoning, as neither the dishes nor the kitchens they were prepared in are carriers of bacteria from dead animals.

(When we are feeling particularly vicious and sad, we like to think of food poisoning as punishment for eating animal bodies, such that meat = suffering for them and you. But that’s just between you and us and the wall.)

Host a vegan potluck! You will eat all sorts of delicious food, and your fears of dying of Salmonella poisoning will be (nearly) unfounded. Vegansaurus is proud to be the online home of San Francisco’s own Vegan Brunch Cartel.

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