Vegan phone case+wallet made of cork! »
I’m in love! New Orleans company Queork makes awesome accessories out of cork and has plenty of entirely vegan options. Like… this awesome phone case wallet! Don’t worry, I already bought one. I’m an aficionado of phone case wallets, they have saved my life. I used to lose my phone all the time but I haven’t lost one since I got a phone case wallet! My theory is that most people lose phones in cabs—there are studies!—but if my phone is also my wallet, I need it to pay for the cab so I totally have it in hand. Magic! I’ve been through several plastic, metal and rubber iterations but I was so jealous of my coworker’s leather wallet case. Well shucks to him because now I’ve got a cork one!
As you should well know, cork is an extremely renewable material and the company says the cork material they use feels super soft like leather (without the BLOOD and DEATH!). I’m so excited! And they’re only $39 with free shipping. Booyah!
Update!: There is a note on the Queork site that says they use beeswax to adhere the cork to the fabric backing—I contacted the maker to clarify and the cork fabric she uses to make these phone cases IS NOT made with beeswax. For other products, you’ll have to ask; but this one is a go! Long live phone case wallets!
Get to work: Vegan business accessories! »
A pal of Vegansaurus just got a fancy new job and wants to know what fancy vegan shoes and accessories she should buy, so here are some of my suggestions! This is for chicks. Men, check out my men’s dress shoe round-up from last year because that list was the hotness.
I’ve said it a million times, but Beyond Skin is definitely my favorite vegan shoe brand. Eco-friendly and worker-friendly, they are also beautiful. If you want a simple pump, I love a good kitten heel like the Leona:
I have these and they look sexy, clean, and chic. The low heel makes them good for wearing for extended periods of time. They have limited sizes now (though there’s a few other colors that might be in your size), so get on that if they have yours.
If you want to go with a classic menswear look, I like oxfords like this Antique Brogue from Vegetarian Shoes on Mooshoes:
Very nice. You can go for a Katharine Hepburn style and complete the look! And be awesome!
Sorry for the bitty picture, but I like the Selene from Bourgeois Boheme:
This mary jane comes in black and brown. Black shoes are great for work but you should have at least one pair of brown shoes.
Basically, one pair of brown dress shoes, black heels, and a nice pair of oxfords is a good work shoe collection to start with. Then you can build your collection from there with some more exciting shoes! I love this new Eva flat from Beyond Skin:
I’d expect you have to break these in a little but it will be so worth it! These are very stylish but conservative enough for an office. I love these so very much. Cally says they are great too! So you know they’re great.
If you want to go taller (and cheaper), Lulu’s is a great resource. I like this GoMax Oksana pump:
I doubt I could wear these but women in offices definitely do wear shoes like this. If you can do it, go for it.
Now that we have some nice shoe options, let’s look at bags! Matt and Nat is definitely the best brand for vegan professional looking bags. I really like this laptop bag, the Creed:
This is super-pro. It’s classic but sleek and modern.
Another Matt and Nat bag, the Barnes has that whole lit professor look:
If you have a smaller laptop and want to go more feminine, check out this Taylor Satchel from Reveal:
Very pretty. But my laptop is large and in charge.
As for other things you may need, a belt is nice. I like the Garrison from The Vegan Colleciton because it has a gold buckle and I’m all about gold (silver is 90s!):
For nice wallets, Matt and Nat is again great but I’m also a big fan of Shiraleah. The Sutton wallet by Shiraleah is pretty smart:
I used to have a Shiraleah but I lost it. It was so great though, really good quality. Looks like Shiraleah has a laptop bag or two as well.
CLOSED! Vegansaurus giveaway: TWO awesome Mojito wallets from Malcolm Fontier! »
That’s right friends! We are giving away TWO Mojito wallets from vegan company Malcolm Fontier. We have one in black faux leather with red detail, and one in gray faux leather with purple detail. This wallet is hot! And very slim, which is good because then you can keep it in your pocket while you’re dancing and not lose it like I do with my chunky wallet all the time. Seriously, losing my wallet is my special talent. I’m also excellent at losing my cellphone.
Travel light—for the night, weekend, or for life. Possibly the world’s smallest wallet, the Mojito is for those who hate carrying bulk, or who want a pared down travel wallet. In fact, it’s more like an extra pocket, or a money clip—without the clip. The Mojito holds up to six cards and has a light elastic strap to ensure that, no matter where you’re going, your cards are staying with you.
And this is extra-special because these are some of the brand-new colors Malcolm Fontier has released. You can see all the colors on their site.
TO WIN: Comment on this post and tell me about that one time you lost your wallet/credit card/ID/etc. Or tell me if you’ve never lost any of those and how you do that! PLUS, specify which color you want, red or purple. I will pick a winner for each color next Thursday, so get to it!
What the fuck is this and why don’t I own it? I am so pissed right now, WTF YOU GUYS?! How has this wallet been MADE FOR ME and nobody thought to purchase it for me! It’s like you all just REFUSE TO GIVE ME FREE SHIT.
I can’t take it anymore! All I do is bitch and whine and beg for free stuff that I don’t deserve and not one of you has heard my pleas. You’re all busy giving your money to charities and other useless shit! I can’t take it!
Also, who else thinks the Meatless Monday Unicorn should get his/her/its face on a wallet? EVERY SMART PERSON EVER, that’s who!
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.
Vegan Black Friday PS! »
One more Black Friday special for all you Vegansaurs: Berkeley-based Petals Purses is offering free domestic shipping through Monday!
Petals is a 1-woman operation — everything is designed and hand-made by Jodie, a dear friend of Vegansaurus. All her products are vegan, with no leather ever, and as much recycled fabrics as possible (a few products do contain recycled, vintage wool — so ask if that matters to you).
Making things even more Vegansaurus appropriate: there are lots of cute critters all over her purses and wallets, and she makes some freakin’ adorable stuffed animals, as well. Most of her bags are reversible, too, giving you more bang for your buck.