Samples Sales Rule The Weekend

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There are some great sample sales happening this weekend if you’re in the NYC area. It’s the perfect time to get big discounts on awesome sustainable brands like Vaute, Rogan and Loomstate:

“Our craziest prices on the final pieces from our winter coat collections. If you can find your size, color, and style, this will be quite a steal for you. Friends welcome!”



“Shop ROGAN men’s and women’s styles at 50-80% off original prices! Plus, our friends Loomstate, Surf Bazaar and Ulla Johnson will be there.”

Prospector, Treeline, Uniforms for the Dedicated




Treeline Cheese is a cashew-based, aged, artisan cheese that ripens in upstate New York’s Catskill mountains. Whether you stuff a date with it, eat it on sliced fruit, mix it into rice or pasta, or use it to top-off any dish that would call for a fine cheese, it seems there’s no way to go wrong with fine vegan cheeses. Sometimes, though, nothing is better than enjoying a glass of wine while simply letting one small wedge at a time slowly melt in your mouth.



Every season, Mercy and Wild will make a 5-piece unisex t-shirt collection around a charitable cause. They then commission an illustrator to portray their take on the theme, with 25% of the proceeds going to said charity. The shirts are “100% organic cotton, made at a small solar-powered factory in India which meets the Fair Wear Foundation standard regarding worker’s hours and pay – our t-shirts are even shipped over to us by boat to keep our Carbon Footprint low”. They use “water-based Soil Association certified inks and all waste products from the workshop are recycled where possible”.

Cardigan, a small town in Wales, has a population of around 4,000. For three decades, 400 of them made 35,000 pairs of jeans a week. Due to outsourcing, all of them lost their jobs. David Hieatt, a cardigan native, and his wife Clare intend to eventually employ all 400 of them again. Thus, Hiut Denim was created. So far they produce a line of both raw organic and Japanese selvedge denim. Due to such a high demand, they are currently not taking orders in most styles in order to work through the backlog.

They are committed to doing one thing, and doing it very well. No shirts, no accessories, just jeans. This way all of their artisans are doing exactly what they are good at, with no distractions. “We make jeans. We will only ever make jeans.”

In order to keep in line with their vision, they plan on staying independent. To keep their quality, any expansion will be slow and deliberate. They are not taking bank loans, so no debt, and only sell non-voting shares. But there is one shareholder in particular that they do keep in mind:

“We should run our business knowing that there is a silent shareholder called planet earth. And we have to keep that shareholder happy too.”

The jeans are fairly modern as well. The coin pocket has been replaced with one to fit an iPhone. Each pair comes with a unique history tag, so that you can upload pictures of your memories with them. This not only allows for you to look back at all that you’ve done in them, but should you pass them on to anyone, they too will be able to see their history.

I emailed them asking whether or not the jeans are vegan: “…labels are leather. We can make without the label. And I am sure we will do one with a paper card label one day for sure,”.

Steve Alan, Every Man Jack & Food Deliveries

• This Organic Cotton/ Flax (90/10) “Oliver Blazer” from Steve Alan comes in three handsome colors: black and white glen check, white/gray, and beige.

• Most of the Every Man Jack products are suitable for vegans, even the super-soft, synthetic shave brush (Do steer clear of the hair-styling products and lip-balms, which have beeswax in them). And right now you can get a great deal on them at GILT City. Get $50 worth of products for $25 or $30 worth for $15. If you’re not a member of GILT, click here for your invite.

• GILT taste also offers some great deals on vegan food (ignore all the meat and cheese glorification on their homepage and click here!) Get doughnuts, cupcakes, loaves, breads, tons of produce and even vegetable-based gelatin delivered to your door!
photo of Vegetable Gelatinphoto of Baked Doughnut Assortmentphoto of CSA-style Seasonal Vegetables and Herbsphoto of Mushroom Medley


Banuq & Bananas

Banuq is a menswear label inspired by classics. In addition to only using organic textiles, creators Davide Grazioli and Mauro Pavesi claim that they have ongoing investment in “creating the first fully African ethical and organic supply-chain, all the way through the low mileage limited editions, like the Made in Italy heritage part of the collection” and “social improvement, support of traditional craftsmanship, promotion of low water consumption crops like hemp, use of accessories made out of waste materials like coconut shell buttons, use of the latest G.O.T.S., vegetal and mineral dyeing techniques, use of reclaimed, recycled or up-cycled materials. ” Check out Banuq’s lookbook (PDF)!

• GILT City i offering 40-50% off the amazing, guilt-free frozen fruit-based soft-serve from The Soft Serve Fruit Co. GILT City is member-only, so click here to join.

The shop features tastes of every season—banana, strawberry, mango, cranberry, pear, apple and pumpkin—and such toppings as fresh-cut fruit, hot peanut butter, pretzels, chocolate sauce and maple syrup.

The Soft Serve Fruit Co
Union Square  –  25 East 17th St, NYC
Upper East Side – 1371 Third Ave. (at 78th st.)