Vaute Couture A/W 2010

Yesterday, the Green Shows in NYC featured the A/W 2010 collection from Vaute Couture, which included some amazingly tailored men’s outerwear and accessories. Leanne is the first designer to ever showcase menswear at the Green Shows, and it was definitely my favorite collection. You may remember when I gave you a sneak peek of this line back in early January. The finished pieces are meticulously crafted with origami-inspired top-stitching, classic, and looked striking coming down the runway. The designer, Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, has done some incredible textile research and development, and some accessories that the models wore included vegan-leather gloves made from recycled fibers, and soy-yarn knits made from soybean waste, which will be available for purchase. At the core of Leanne’s business is compassion for animals and the environment, and all of her designs are 100% cruelty-free and vegan (no wool), in addition to being eco-conscious. Check back later for my interview video with Leanne.

Photos by Jun Lee and Joshua Katcher

Woll-less Waistcoats, Easy Sneaks & Flexitarians

Sometimes it can be tough avoiding the the wool industry when looking for a decent waistcoat. Here’s a couple wool-free options by Topman. And if you think wool is just a haircut, check out our pal Gary Smith’s article Pulling the Wool over our Eyes at Elephant Journal.


Grey suit waistcoatBlack Striped WaiscoatGreen tartan waistcoat announced that it will no longer sell products made from exotic skins. According to company officials, the Salt Lake City-based online retailer “has removed from its site all apparel and accessory products which feature exotic animal skins, including snake, alligator, crocodile, lizard, ostrich, stingray, eel, shark or kangaroo and will no longer sell such products.” Thanks to PETA for cluing them in.

These sneaks are made of 100% organic cotton. Spring is just around the (very long, cold) corner!

White Organic TrainersBlue Organic Cotton Trainers

The world’s largest food service company, Compass Group, launched it’s Flexitarian initiative, which is aimed at expanding the variety and supply of meat-free options for its customers—promoting healthier, more sustainable and more humane eating.A “flexitarian” is someone who actively integrates meatless meals into his or her diet when possible but isn’t a full-time vegetarian.