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Vegan Fashion Night Out

4 Sep

This Vegan Fashion Night Out post originally appeared last week on my column Vegan Vogue I write for I Eat Grass. If you haven’t stopped by I Eat Grass yet, be sure to do so! 

It’s the time of year fashion fans around the world wait for, New York Fashion Week!

As part of the NYFW events every September there’s  Fashion’s Night Out.  FNO is basically a huge shopping event that happens in cities around the world the week of fashion week.  Mashable has a great explanation on the history of the event, as well as how social media played a roll leading into last year’s event.

Even if you don’t want to buy anything, it’s still a great party to attend.  Most brands have free refreshments and big name entertainment on hand to entice fashionistas into their stores.  It’s also a great place to network and meet people who love the same styles, brands and fashions you love.

I took a quick look at the event schedule for this year’s FNO, which will be on September 6th, for some vegan friendly stops.  All of these picks are within walking distance or a very short cab ride of each other, so it’s easy to make your own vegan friendly FNO event tour.

 

MooShoes

78 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002
www.mooshoes.com

7:00 pm

If there is only one FNO event you can attend this year, be sure it’s the MooShoes event.  I attended this one last year and can personally attest to how awesome it is.  All of your favorite vegan fashion brands including Cri de Coeur, Vaute Couture, Brave Gentleman, and more along with vegan treats from Blossom and Vegan Vine make this an event not to miss!

 

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics

174 Ludlow Street New York, NY 10002
www.occmakeup.com

6:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Obsessive Compulsive is an entirely vegan makeup brand with a huge following.  I first sampled their products at last years MooShoes event, and their lip tars are pretty amazing.  Highly pigmented, bright, and fun!  They’ll be doing a preview of their Fall 2012 collection, and have vegan cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on hand while you get glammed up.

 

Free People

99 Spring Street New York , NY 10012
www.freepeople.com

6:00pm to 11:00pm

Free People has been making some waves in the vegan fashion community for their awesome vegan leather collection.  If faux leather is your thing, Free People has some amazing options for you.  They also very recently started carrying vegan Doc Martens and Cri de Coeur.

The first 50 fans to get photographed in their ‘Catch a Dream’ photo booth will receive a Free People iPhone case! Special Free People tote bags + goodies from Mox Botanicals will be given out with every purchase, while supplies last.  I’m not sure if Mox Botanicals products are vegan/cruelty-free so be sure to ask a representative while there.

 

Stella McCartney

112 Green Street New York, NY 10012
www.stellamccartney.com

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Stella has been a lifelong vegetarian and does not design using any fur or leather.  She’s also a supporter of PETA and has recently done a great campaign on the long-term environmental impacts of leather production.

Stella’s shoes and handbags are to die for, and you can check them out in person at their FNO event this year.  You’ll get to sip on “Eco Mojitos” and enjoy DJ sets from Spencer Product. Guests also get to take their best glamour shots in their custom photo booth, and can also design their very own Stella McCartney hand bag, for one night only!

With so many great vegan-friendly options this FNO, which one will you be going to?

Vegan Vogue is a lifestyle and style column focusing on all things in vogue and vegan. More tips from Corrie Feld can be found at her website Brooklyn Bliss. Follow her on Twitter @CorrieFeld

Vegan Versions / Jeffrey Campbell for Convert

29 Aug

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Jeffrey Campbell and Convert have collaborated once again, offering vegan and eco-conscious fashionistas styles from one of the fashion industry’s favorite shoe designers.  All without any leather or animal based glues, and using sustainable materials.

The new collaboration features several new vegan Jeffrey Campbell styles including: Sue Bee, Motown, Night Walk, Rock Me, Anehall, Trudeau, Lane and the 99 Tie.

As in the past, these are special collaborations with Jeffrey Campbell and are unique to Convert. They’re not available anywhere else. And did I mention they’re vegan!

If you’re interested in ordering them, or would like to see other Jeffrey Campbell vegan styles Convert has to offer, go to their eBay Store. In addition to these styles it also looks like they have some vegan Litas in stock, so get them while they have them!

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What’s your favorite? I may pick up a pair of the red Lane “hi” heels myself.

Vegan Vogue / Fall Boot Roundup

22 Aug

This fall boot roundup originally appeared last week on my column Vegan Vogue I write for I Eat Grass.  If you haven’t stopped by I Eat Grass yet, be sure to do so!  There’s a ton of great vegan content over there ranging from recipes, to health and fitness, to even a sex column!

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On the last Vegan Vogue post, I received a request in the comments section from Zoe of Sexy Tofu for some suggestions on vegan boots for fall.  I can’t believe it’s about that time to start thinking about putting away our sandals and bring out the boots!

Here’s my favorite vegan boot picks for this coming fall.

Flat Boots

Okay I’ll admit, my “flat” boot selection also includes some western style ankle boots which are very on trend for Fall 2012, and have an ever so slight heel.  Also, did you know Doc Martens now make a vegan boot?! All these should be very comfortable and perfect for weekend stroll enjoy the crisp fall breeze.

Wedge Boots

Wedges are not only super comfortable but make it really easy to navigate icy streets without slipping. Here’s some of my picks.

Dress Boots

If you work in a professional environment, you’ve gotta go with a dress boot to keep you warm in the office when temperatures go down.  These boots are also great for dressing up for a night on the town as well

Trendy

Looking for something more trendy?  This fall it’s going to be all about square heels, fold over boots, and a continuation of the cap toe trend we saw on ballet flats and pumps this spring.  Also, anything Jeffrey Campbell is always trendy and he has a pretty fab python pattern boot out that’s coincidentally vegan.

Waterproof

Looking for something waterproof so you can splash around in some puddles?  Good news is almost all rain galoshes are vegan.  Here’s some of my picks.

Have a fashion related topic you’d like to see covered on Vegan Vogue? Let me know!

Vegan Vogue is a lifestyle and style column focusing on all things in vogue and vegan. More tips from Corrie Feld can be found at her website Brooklyn Bliss. Follow her on Twitter @CorrieFeld

Vegan Versions / Graphic Tees

15 Aug

I honestly have never been a huge fan of graphic tees. The last graphic tee I remember wearing regularly was a thrift store find I wore in High School that said “Mañana”. It was before hipster ironic tees were a “thing”.

It’s not to say I don’t like tees. I have a tenancy to like patterned ones with patterns like classic stripes, chevron or leopard. It’s very easy for me to dress them up with a blazer and still make them work appropriate.

Lately while surfing the internet I’ve found some pretty chic vegan centric tees. Graphic tees are a great way to make a statement on what’s important to you, but until recently I never found any I didn’t feel were cheesy. I wouldn’t mind wearing any of these. In fact the “V Gun” one below is at the top of my list to pick up soon. It’s so clever i can’t help myself.  I’m also partial to neon yellow so the “Lettuce Turnip the Beet” one will probably end up in my closet soon after.

Nasty Neon V “Gun” Tee: $20.00 | image credit: www.veggywood.com

 

Lettuce Turnip the Beet Neon Tank from Coup: $25.00

Vaute Couture V is for Vegan Tee: $32.00

Love Peace Vegan “Vegan” Tee: $17.25

 
What are your thoughts on graphic tees?  Are they a fashionable yes, or no?

Transitioning to a Cruelty Free Wardrobe

3 Aug

Today I have a brand new column starting that I’m writing over at iEatGrass! It’s called Vegan Vogue and I’ll be writing about all things stylish and vegan. This is a re-post of my first article, but don’t forget to stop on over there to check it out. They have lots of awesome vegan content over there.

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When first making the decision to go vegan, the first step people think of is eliminating all animal products out of your diet. It usually takes a little bit before new vegans remember their entire wardrobe is packed full of animal products as well.

Shoes, and accessories more often than not made of leather. When winter rolls around, we often forget our coats and sweaters are full of wool. Purging your wardrobe and replacing everything with cruelty free versions is no small task when you’re first starting out.

Being a big fan of fashion, when I myself made this realization, I was pretty overwhelmed. I suddenly felt guilty wearing about half my shoe collection. My handbag collection was my biggest hit. Handbags were my guilty pleasure, and my closet was packed with pricey designer versions. I also tend to prefer more “rocker” type looks, which are very leather heavy. So it was time to start looking for replacements for all my favorite items. I needed money to do this, so I turned all my non-vegan items into cash so I could shop for cruelty free versions.

Good news is now with the help of the Internet, it’s easier than ever to sell your leather and wool items to other stylish ladies and gents who will get use of them, all while making some money so you can go buy yourself a vegan leather wallet. Here we’re some of the websites and stores that made it easy for me to create my now 100% vegan friendly wardrobe.

Fashionphile

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Fashionphile is the place to go if you have super high end, designer items to move. If you’ve ever tried to sell a designer purse on eBay or Craigslist, you’ll appreciate this being its notoriously hard to sell designer bags and accessories because everyone thinks they are fakes.
Fashionphile is a consignment boutique based on the west coast that will evaluate photos of the items you have for sale, and then tell you what they can sell them for. Being they’re an established consignment boutique, fans of designer items trust the items aren’t knockoffs, so they’ll pay a higher price for them than you could selling them on your own through eBay or Craigslist.

The selling process is easy. You set up an online account and send them over the pieces you want to sell. They’ll evaluate then to determine the condition of the pieces, as well that they’re legitimate and if so what they can sell them for you for. If you agree to their conditions, they give you pre-paid shipping labels so you can ship the items to them. Once they sell, they cut and mail you a check. It’s that simple.

Again, this place is best for higher end designer handbags and accessories. During my purge, I sent over 3-4 of my purses, including some Louis Vuittons and they made me close to my Brooklyn rent back. It was well worth the time and effort.

Threadflip-Copious

Threadflip & Copious
Threadflip and Copious are both web platforms that allow fashionistas to sell their gently used items to other fashionistas. Think of it like eBay with a fashion twist, but better curated and more like shopping at an online boutique. Threadflip even has an iPhone app that makes it easy to post and sell items on the fly. They also allow you to take a quick “style quiz”, and the service will recommend other sellers and items to you based on your tastes.

For both services you can sell and receive credits to purchase items from other sellers. This is great if you lets say wanted to get rid of a pair of leather pumps, and replace them with a pair of vegan ones. Several sellers on both platforms even tag items as being vegan so they are easy to find. I found these neon blue, pointed toe flats on Copious the week before last.

To make your items stand out, make sure your photography is on point! The better the pieces are presented either as part of an outfit, or on a unique background (like my new neon flats were) the quicker they’ll sell.

eBay

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eBay is now a household name, and we all know what their service does. They still remain a great way to purge leather and wool items out of your closet.

Buffalo Exchange-Crossroads

Recycled Fashion Stores- Like Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads Trading Company
If you are fortunate enough to live a Buffalo Exchange, Crossroads Trading Company, or similar store, you’ll soon learn they are the easiest and fastest way to clear out our wardrobe (vegan or not!), and replenish it with brand new, eco-friendly styles you love. The way it works is you bring in your gently used items and they’ll buy them from you for either store credit or cash.

Any time I feel like doing some guilt-free shopping, I hit up my closet, grab a few items I no longer wear and head on over. I always sell for credit and then use the credit to buy new items to freshen up my wardrobe.

When selling at a recycled fashion boutique, always remember the season you are in. These stores don’t really keep a stock inventory and will only buy what they can move immediately. So if it’s the middle of summer, don’t bring them all your wool sweaters. Call in advance to see what they are currently buying, or you can check their website as well.

I purged the majority of my mainstream handbags, shoes, accessories and clothes of leather and wool just by bringing them to Buffalo Exchange. Fun part was I racked up a ton of credit, which means I get to shop until I drop now!

Have you transitioned your wardrobe to be 100% cruelty-free? Share you tips in the comments!

Vegan Versions / Jeffrey Campbell Lita Boots #3

5 Apr

My vegan wannabe JC Lita's arrived today! So stoked! #vegan
My brand spankin’ new wannabe Litas! (Finally!)

After months and months of looking up vegan options for the coveted Jeffrey Campbell Lita boot, I found a third option which is the one I finally decided to get.  I was searching Lulu’s vegan shoe selection one day and low and behold, there they were!

Unfortunately it looks like they must have sold out, because they’re no longer on the website.  I’m really thankful I ordered them when I did.  There’s a very similar one you can get here while they’re still available.  There’s also always the chance Lulu’s will restock them so keep an eye out.

Also, as a quick tip for vegan fashionistas in the UK, a follower informed me via Twitter that you can get another great vegan Lita option at boohoo.com.

I am so freaking excited to wear the hell out of these.

Vegan Versions / DVF Opal Wedges

30 Mar

Today’s vegan versions is courtesy of the Budget Babe.  I was so happy she posted about these because I was looking to upgrade my wedges to an all black pair this spring, and these were perfect for me.

I love how chunky and edgy the DVF wedges are.  They were exactly what I was looking for.  The Target Mossimo ones are almost an exact match!  I already ordered and got mine and have been wearing them non-stop in this beautiful, early spring weather we’ve been experiencing the past week and a half in NYC.

Vegan Versions / Cambridge Satchel

7 Mar

Here’s a quick vegan versions for you. I’ve always loved the neon Cambridge Satchels you see all over the street style bloggersphere. I hadn’t to date been able to really find a decent non-leather version, but did come across this adorable, super in-expensive version from Old Navy of all places.  The Old Navy version is a bit smaller and only comes in neon yellow, black and white but for $14 who the heck cares!

Vegan Versions / Celine Luggage Tote

1 Mar


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This has been a vegan versions in the works for quite a while now.  The currently coveted Celine Luggage Tote was the arm candy of choice through most of Fall 2012 fashion week earlier this month.  It comes in a large assortment of colors, including neon, a few color blocked versions and several size options.

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All in all, since I first saw it I loved the shape of the bag.  For me it would be a great bag for both work and play.  I don’t really like to switch up my day to day bag, and this bag would work perfect for me if it wasn’t leather.  I thought all hope was lost, until I saw a very similar bag on Mayte’s blog.

Upon further research, it’s  all man made materials!  You can find this version at Bijou Fashion Jewelery Store. I ordered mine today.

Granted, this bag is a blatant knockoff but it has the same style and shape as the original, plus it’s man-made so I’m happy.  What are your thoughts on knock-offs?  I’m curious if other vegans feel the same way I do about them.  I don’t care as long as the style looks the same and it’s cruelty free.

Vegan Versions / Leather Leggings

30 Nov

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There is something about leather leggings that is so chic to me. I love how they have the comfort of a standard legging, but make even a sweatshirt and chucks look super polished and put together.

Most leather leggings are really expensive, but nowadays there are so many great vegan ones on the market that are much less expensive as well as cruelty free. Here’s a few of my picks. I was fortunate enough to pick up the Express pair, albeit a size too large at a local thrift store.

 

Black Denim Vegan Faux Leather Leggings $84.00

Express (Minus the) Leather Legging $59.90

Romeo & Juliette Couture $44.99