Last summer in our quarterly magazine Action Line we included a feature about Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, creator of NY-based high fashion vegan clothing label Vaute Couture, because she is innovating the fashion world in a way that proves people don’t need to wear animals ever again! Hilgart made history by becoming the first independent fashion house with animal-free built into its brand to show a vegan line during New York fashion week back in 2013. 

We are happy to share the good news that now Vaute Couture’s animal-friendly fashion will be available on the West Coast through October 2015. Vaute Couture Pop-Up Shop, located at 1306 Abbot Kinney Blvd., in Venice, California, opened Aug. 29 and features a pre-fall collection, including the whale print Kelsey dress, printed crops available in bear print, fox print and solids, bear-printed jumpsuits and waxed motorcycle jackets, all made in NYC's garment district with love. 

Back here on the east coast, Vaute Couture moved into a new headquarters in the Bushwick/East Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, right by Dunwell Doughnuts and Champs. The fashion house is doing shopping by appointment only on weekdays, and customers can email to schedule one. Vaute is looking for the perfect spot in Manhattan for a new store, so stay tuned. For information visit their website.  

To read our story about Hilgart, click here. Vaute Couture also designed FoA’s wild horse tee, available in our online store.