On Our Sleeve
Asia Tour (pics!) & West Coast Tour Details (coming this week!) December 01 2013
SEOUL & TOKYO <3
Writing this from Narita airport, terminal 2, waiting to board- it's been a sweet little whirlwind week including sweet potato soy lattes, arriving unexpectedly at Narita same time as Lady Gaga and hearing dozens of people sob for at least an hour, adventure and karaoke with new friends I met in the hotel lobby, and some of the best thrifting sprees, while working from here with my team in NYC (Can't wait to sleep on the plane! I'm so beat. ha) Flew to Seoul last weekend to raise funds & awareness for the animals of Korea as a special guest of C.A.R.E. and Peta-Asia, through a benefit fashion show (hosted by former Miss Korea, Jung Min Lee), with some wonderful live music & an incredible spread of vegan Korean cuisine from Loving Hut. Made my heart so happy. Spoke with press (including VOGUE Korea meep!) about why we don't need to wear animals, and about new fabric development, and that made me even happier, that they cared.
The next day I visited C.A.R.E's Adoption Centers, built above their vegan restaurants that help fund their undercover investigations of dog farms (puppy mills? I asked. no, dog farms-where dogs are raised for meat), and show Korea how wonderful it can be to eat a plant based diet. C.A.R.E.'s center is one of the sweetest spaces I've ever been to- every detail infused with so much love down to the wall of notes to the dogs and cats, written by volunteers and visitors, and the inscribed floor that says, "first, clean the cage. then, empty the cage." And after meeting the wonderful rescued dogs and cats, and their incredible team- I had the hardest time leaving...
Then I hopped a plane to Tokyo for a couple days. Visited the Mori Art Museum and saw the most beautiful view of the city, walked into the observatory right at magic hour.
Missed everyone back home so so much (sending so much love!) but did my best to celebrate Thanksgiving in Tokyo with new friends and a delicious Macrobiotic feast, including this #vegan Strawberry Shortcake. Why are all the desserts in Asia so darn 110% cute?! It's like a mathematical certainty.
So, I'm heading home now and then this week & next I'll be in LA, San Francisco, and Portland for my annual Pop Up Shop tour! I only get a chance to do this like once or twice a year so if you want to see the new stuff or just catch up with me, please holler!
I've got a day or two of appointments in each city, so we can have one on one time. Each appointment is about 20 minutes and I've got tons of new stuff- we finished all the new coats, and I also will bring some beautiful gift ideas (for yourself works too! I won't tell ;))-- satin & velvet dresses, skirts, organic button downs, sherpa mens turtlenecks, art prints, organic headpieces, hats, and more! Anything you particularly would love to see too, let Kaitlin know and she'll see if we can pack it in time, no promises though, I only have a couple bags!
POP UP SHOP DETAILS//
- Special tour only prices, as always! (30% off one coat, 40% off your second, or if you already bought a coat this season any additional coats are 40% off), 25% off all collection pieces and casuals... and that's all take home or immediate ship. <3
- Of course NO pressure to buy, just come to say hi, free hugs, check out stuff in person if you want to see it, feel it, try it on!
- Bring up to 4 friends to shop too or just help you pick out that perfect coat!
- Vegan snacks provided, mmmmmm
*LOS ANGELES POP UP SHOP with Mercy for Animals*
THURSDAY December 5th, 3pm-8pm, by appointment
Email KaitlinVaute@gmail.com with your best two hours and we'll get you your appointment!
Mercy For Animals Headquarters: 7908 Santa Monica Blvd. LA (Updated address, please note!) Phone: (866) 632-6446
And hey! We're donating 10% of sales that day to Mercy for Animals! Come check out their brand new retail space and headquarters, and support the incredible work they do for the animals through groundbreaking undercover investigations and campaigns around the world.
*SAN FRANCISCO POP UP SHOP at the 1st Vegan Shop Up/Brunch (Updated!)
SATURDAY December 7th: 2-5p, by appointment
SUNDAY December 8th: 2 to 6pm, by appointment
Where: the Vegan Shop Up & Brunch
UPDATE- We didn't realize that the Vegan shop Up was the same weekend and I'd love to see everyone who will be there too! So we're just combining to have our SF Pop up there :)
To make an appt- Email KaitlinVaute@gmail.com with your best two hours and we'll get you your appointment! Or stop in for a walk in between appointments :) Details here. omg Miyoko's cheese! Herbivore! It's going to be just like summer camp. I can't wait.
*PORTLAND POP UP SHOP & WINE/CHEESE PARTY with Herbivore*
WEDNESDAY December 11th, 6-8pm: RSVP HERE on FB
Come hang out and see the new stuff, with all my favorite Portland vegans! (You can buy stuff too of course! But, it's best to come see what you like and then make an appointment for Thursday for serious try-on fests.)
THURSDAY December 12th: Pop Up Shop-Noon to 6pm, by appointment
RSVP by emailing Kaitlin your favorite hour or two. (KaitlinVaute@gmail.com)
Come hang out one on one with me to see all the new styles, pick out what's best for you! Oh and grab some great gifts for the holidays, we'll have all price ranges from $20+
WHERE: at Herbivore: 1211 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97214
If you're from Portland, of course you know Michelle & Josh, founders of Herbivore, but I'm so lucky that I do too! The hosts with the mosts, I can't wait for giggles and fun with these two and all you wonderful people in Portland.
Alright that's it I think!! I'm only in town doing a full pop up once a year so I hope it works out and I can see all of you!
Remember to email Kaitlin to make an appointment (except for the Wine/Cheese Herbivore party, you can RSVP for that here on fb.) Can't wait to see you guys! Any suggestions of favorite food or new finds in each city, you can email me or kaitlin too, I won't be mad. ;)
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, VAUTE Founder (and my new friend from Seoul, strawberry cream oolong tea)https://www.facebook.com/events/179278035599778/?fref=ts
NYC POP UP DAYS! 10/24-27 October 22 2013
Hey sweet ladies and gents et al!
We've finished the production of our very first full RTW (ready-to-wear) collection, which we showed at New York Fashion Week in February and is made in the NYC Garment District here by our cut & sew team, of the sweetest organic velvets, closed loop recycled satins, and waxed canvas (the prettiest better option to leather!) and now you can come shop them all for 20% off, for take home... (special prices are by appointment only! walk ins pay full price) we have a ton of colors that we did limited runs of in the shop that we don't have photos of yet, too- robinsegg blue velvet, cobalt satin, and more. Can't wait to show you!
And in your appointment, if you haven't yet- you can also preorder your winter coat at a special 35% off for one, 40% off your 2nd+. Also if you've already ordered one this season, your 2nd+ will be at 40% off. *Special pricing is for in person appointments only during these NYC Pop Up Days 10/24-10/27.*
We are madly finishing production and your support now helps us pay our Cut & Sew team! xo
::TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT:: Thursday 10/24-Sunday 10/27 2pm-7pm
Email Lisa at LisaVaute@Gmail.com with what date between 10/24 (Thursday) and 10/27 (Sunday) is best for you, and what hours (i.e. 2-4pm) and she'll email you back with your 20 minute time slot! Feel free to bring up to 3 friends to help you pick out the perfect coat, or get their own.
We can't wait to see you!!!
Leanne (this weekend with her favorite boy Sparky at Woodstock Santuary!) & the VC team
VAUTE IS HIRING! October 04 2013
HI YES HI! We are growing super fast, and hiring a few absolutely wonderful people to join our HQ team in Brooklyn. I want to be super clear up front what you're getting into: Please know that with Vaute, every job with us is a high responsibility position, and for any position, we're looking for someone with a very particular problem solving, take charge attitude, who is at once easygoing, positive, and loves to figure things out & make them better. More on that later in this post (see "See if you're a fit for us!") but just so you know the basics right away. <3
Here's an overview of who we are!
VAUTE, named by Business Insider as one of the 25 most innovative companies in NYC, and seen on CNN Breaking News as "Breaking Runway History", in US News & World Report, with owner Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart named the "rebel of Fashion Week" (CNN), 1 of 40 Redefining Green (Grist.org), "a badass businesswoman, informative & inspiring" (Bust Magazine), and chosen as the female Game Changer of the Conde Nast/Mazda Campaign, opposite Bre Pettis (MakerBot, inventor of 3D Printing).
Founded in 2008 to reinvent the winter dress coat to be at once beautiful and protective- using technical fabrics that give the warmth of a winter sports coat, but with finishes, drapes, and cuts of a luxe winter dress coat, all while using new innovative animal free, eco-conscious fabrics, and produced locally, Vaute funded its first production in 2009 via hundreds of preorders, ordered in the middle of summer, by people who had never seen or felt the coats, or met Leanne in person. Vaute moved to NYC in the summer of 2010 to develop & produce in NYC's garment district, and opened its first Flagship Store in March of 2012. In February 2013, Vaute was the first all vegan label to show at New York Fashion Week, and was included on the Fashion Calendar Grid for their first solo debut show- which was covered by W, Lucky, Marie Claire, CNN, US News & World Report, BusinessInsider, & more.
We are currently a self-funded bootstrapped independent company who focuses on being resourceful so we can continue to grow and put our resources into making an impact on the fashion industry & making a compassionate lifestyle inspiring & accessible. If you love adventure, challenges, and finding out what you're made of- please consider growing with us! <3
How To Apply:
1. Read the descriptions below, send an email to me at Leanne@VauteCouture.com with the job title and your name in the subject, i.e. "Brand Proxy: Kelly McKay"
2. In the email, let me know why you felt compelled to apply- why you'd like to work with us, and why you'd be a good fit for VAUTE.
3. Attach your resume or portfolio, and feel free to include links to your work, whether creative, projects, activism, or whatever you think would make you a great fit for VAUTE.
4. We are swamped right now in production and I'm on tour (hence needing more team members stat!) :) So please don't be upset if we can't get back to you right away. We'll let you know asap if we think it might be a good fit and would like to meet in person.
5. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! It means so much that you'd like to join us! Please check back- we'll continue to add jobs and maybe one will be a great fit for you in the future.
These are the Vaute POSITIONS Currently Open
**INTERNS** We are always looking for wonderful interns, who are looking to see the ins and outs of a small fast growing business and do important work that affects the whole company. There are specializations in Operations, Design/Development, Marketing, and Visual Design. School credit is available. We are super busy this season and looking for two interns (ideally in operations, marketing, or visual design) for immediate hire on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and also for Winter Quarter starting January. Please send an email of why you'd like to intern at Vaute, and what makes you a great fit! with your resume to me at email@example.com. Excited to hear from you!
1. Brand Proxy/Customer Service Specialty (Immediate): A warm people person who loves to listen & connect. Must be a fan of VAUTE and know the line inside and out. We're looking for someone really special, humble, with a talent for people, who cares so much about our mission to change the fashion industry, and loves fashion- fit, styling, & fabrics... someone who will be the person people love to experience Vaute with. Will be representing us on the weekends at the shop, as well as at special events, potentially travel options are available for on tour events too.
Our Proxies not only focuses on creating an experience for all our friends & guests that come in the shop, but also helps run the shop- including handling daily operations like shipping, inventory, research, and coordinating the new customer #VauteLove programs. They also manage and delegate to our wonderful interns so we can accomplish daily projects and plans together.
Customer Service Specialty means you will be working half with people in person, and half via email/phone to create connections through words, and help solve problems for our favorite people, our supporters, to make sure they know how important they are and have a wonderful experience with us! You'll also be working on customer love programs, and potentially programs with nonprofit partners, in store events, tour events, etc. depending on your passions and experience.
Must be amazing with people, humble, able to handle criticism & challenges with a positive attitude, and have a strong desire to connect with others. Must be extremely organized, and enjoy coordinating projects, people, and seeing a vision become a reality.
2. Weekend & Events Brand Representative (Immediate & for Holiday in November-December): A warm people person who sparkles as much as he/she listens. Must be a fan of Vaute and know the line inside and out. We're looking for someone really special, humble, with a talent for people, who cares so much about our mission to change the fashion industry, and loves fashion- fit, styling, & fabrics, who will be the person people love to experience Vaute with. Will be representing us on the weekends at the shop, as well as at weekday and weekend events like the Grand Central Gift Fair (mid Nov-Dec), potentially travel options are available for on tour events too.
3. Team/Project Manager (Not immediate, but we are looking for someone for the near future for this, please contact us!)
We've got a lot going on! Partnerships with nonprofits, events at the shop with brands, local rescues, and artists, daily operations like shipping and customer service, touring to new cities, and of course launching new styles and collections in the store, and on social media! We need someone extremely organized to keep everything on schedule, to problem solve, to prioritize, and strategize, so that our plans are followed through, everyone can do their job, and we are working in tandem as a full team. Must LOVE problem solving, creating processes, routines, managing people, bringing out the best in them, seeing how they work and learn best, and strategizing.
- MUST have experience managing others, ideally in small business or nonprofit settings where your level of responsibility was high, and the outcome of your work was incredibly meaningful.
- MUST have experience project managing- whether your own projects or at a nonprofit or business.
- MUST love animals, people, fashion, and Vaute.
4. Operations Director: (Not Immediate- we are looking for a very specific fit, please help us find the right person! xo)
This self-funded venture has been growing quickly and is now looking to hire its first director- the Operations Director, to oversee manufacturing including materials production, as well as shipping and order fulfillment. This includes coordinating production timelines and assortment plans, ordering of materials, importing of fabrics, management of cut and sew production, and delivery and shipment of finished product. Must love a fast paced, small team environment, have an eye for creative but a love for function, and be versed in fashion production and manufacturing, or have a passion for fashion and be able to learn industry very quickly. Happy to discuss how we can create the right package for the right person.
$1,000 retail store credit for the person who refers us to the right person for this position (Operations Director only).
*PLEASE NOTE- Working at a start-up/growing venture/is not for everyone- Read on to see if you're a fit for us!*
I'm going to try to be really clear about this. We are a very small very fast growing venture! It's exciting and it's stressful, we make mistakes daily and everyone's actions have very big impacts on our customers, our company, and our mission. This takes a particular personality and it's totally okay if you aren't that person- but here's what you'll need if you are:
You must be great under pressure, inspired and energized by a change of plan, and can stay positive in stressful, fast-paced, high responsibility situations. You must be both motivated by our mission and your own personal drive for excellence, to figure out where you can be most helpful without being micromanaged. You'll need to be comfortable doing new things daily, making mistakes, learning from them, and asking for help. Humility is key in a fast growing self funded venture- as you'll be constantly learning and feeling a fool (I do, every single day), and must be able to ask for help as well as to admit mistakes, because this will happen daily as we are doing our best with the smartest small team I can build, and we make the most of limited financial and time constraints.
Everyone's job is full of three parts- 1. People. People are everything- customers, partners, vendors- it all comes down to how much you care, value, and appreciate them. 2. Creativity. We are creating a lifestyle, beautiful things, and an experience. If you're a fit for us, seeing a vision go from concept to reality is probably one of your favorite things, and gets you super excited! 3. Function/Daily Operations: Everyone has a huge role daily in making sure our company runs smoothly- whether in daily store functions, inventory, or shipping. We can't create relationships or create anything wonderful or innovative without knowing the basic operations are covered. When we're huge we'll have team members who just focus on each of these aspects, but as it is, you will focus on all three (Sorry!), and therefore I'm looking for a balanced superstar- one who is warm, creative, organized, positive, humble, and a natural problem solver.
Please note, we are self-funded & since we're growing so quickly, we put back as much as possible into the company- meaning, we're bootstrapping. If you are looking for the big bucks at a job that is super specialized and routine- this isn't for you, I'm sorry! (but please keep in touch!) If you'd like to work for a company working its hardest to change the fashion industry and make compassionate living easier and more fun, then please join us! If you're looking for a fulfilling, challenging, exciting opportunity to create change and art, happy moments, and wonderful relationships all over the world with inspiring people, then hi! we'd love to have you! Your work is directly responsible for our success. As we grow, we'll continue to develop your growth at Vaute as we are able to, both in specializing your position to your talents and passions, and increasing your financial compensation as we grow. What you do here is allowing us to be THE pioneer international cult brand that sets the standard for ethical fashion, and aims to inspire mainstream fashion to be better.
Also- we are ALWAYS looking for the most wonderful interns on earth. We can get you class credit! If you're interested, email me with the kind of internship you'd like- marketing, operations, design, visual arts.
Okay, i think that's everything! Really looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks for considering joining us!
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, Founder
Mais oui! <3 VAUTE IS COMING TO EUROPE! PS- NYC days soon! October 04 2013
Hey belles and beaus!
We're coming to Paris for the very first (*official*) time, with our besties Joshua Katcher of BraveGentleMan, James Koroni & Tracey Katoff of Enforced Arch. Come see our show at Paris Vegan Days on 10/11- and then stop by to say hi at our tables at Paris Vegan Day on Saturday 10/12, and stop by in London at our Pop Up Shop (yes, it's on!)
We'll be stopping in London first, and having a little Pop Up Shop at Cock & Bull (I know I know), a sustainable ethical menswear boutique, next Wednesday, 10/9 at 5pm. Stop by to see all the new stuff and preorder your coat, or grab one of our brand new not online let organic ties, embroidered necklaces, new limited edition organic button downs and dresses! Special tour prices oo lala.
Email me at Leanne@vautecouture.com to set up your 20 minute face to face with me! Come try on new stuff, preorder your coat, or just hang out. Up to 4 people per appointment, so feel free to bring bestie, mom, or whoever to help you pick out your favorite stuff- or to shop as a group. Swamped and traveling so my response will be slow but just let me know what hours are best for you to stop by between 5-10pm on Wednesday, and I'll email back your slot before Wednesday am. (If my internet is insane while traveling-which happens- and you don't hear back, just show up.) Can't wait to see you!
Also- if you have any suggestions of must eats and sees pretty please let me know! Message me direct- firstname.lastname@example.org
NYC friends!! Stay tuned- we're scheduling some Pop Up Days in our Flagship store for you to Preorder your coat and see all the new ones in person, plus the newest dresses, sweaters, etc for holiday and some ready now that aren't on the site yet! Keep an eye on FB for when we start taking appointments.
Also on the calendar- WEST COAST TOUR, Canada, and KOREA coming up in November & December.
Leanne Mai-ly, VAUTE Founder
PREORDERS ARE UP! All the FAQ <3 September 06 2013
HEY BABES & MORE BABES!
So. If you didn't know this- we wouldn't be here without you. It's my FIFTH year (fifth year I can't believe it!) of Vaute Couture!!
In 2009, for my first season I wasn't quite sure what to do in the bottom of the recession... I had started VAUTE to create the perfect winter coat, I knew that if I could make one prettier and warmer than traditional animal based fabrics, then there would be no excuse left to wear animals. But 2008-09 wasn't the easiest time to start- boutiques weren't buying and I didn't know how I'd fund the first run- especially when I had to pay for all these custom fabric runs of special weatherproof & ethical fabrics. So when you all suggested preordering (which would fund production) and then helped me spread the word by sharing with your friends, I couldn't have felt luckier. So many of you have never met me, and you believed in me, and my mission. I'm eternally grateful.
So every year I do the same- our earliest supporters (you!) get 50% off their preordered coat (35% off dresses!), which we'll start making for you!
And this starts TOMORROW. Yes, tomorrow!
Please keep an eye on our FACEBOOK for the moment of launch <3 (Several fabric styles are super limited run, like less than a dozen or two, so if you have a favorite be sure to grab it first!)
And every year you've shared pics of yourself in your Vaute coats (which make me squeeeeal with joy!) and told friends about the launch. And this year, I thought- hey- I want to design a necklace for all of you sweethearts for which I wouldn't be here without.
(Photo from our NYFW debut from the Self Portrait Project. Hi Andy!)
Here is said necklace below...
What you don't like pink?! Me neither! (yes, I do!) Okay well, we'll make you one in gray then :) It's handmade by my friend Kristy (not to be confused with my other friend Christy who also makes necklaces that I design for us! Oh, life, don't be so confusing).
(HOW WE'LL KNOW YOU POSTED) <3
1. When you share the Presale- all you have to do is tag us @VauteCouture on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and then hashtag #VauteLove. (If you post a selfie or a pic of yourself wearing Vaute also hashtag #HowIVaute and we'll repost some favs!)
2. Then, screenshot it over to my girl Nicole at NicoleVaute@gmail.com (this part is really important so we can keep track & get in touch!), and next week when it isn't so insane at Vaute HQ she'll let you know if you were one of the first 50 (starting when we launch) and get all your details to get you your necklace. And if you weren't, you'll still get $10 towards free stuff. details soon!
3. To answer a few Q's! This ends Wednesday September 11th at midnight, and don't forget to include a note about the launch and the 50% off (or 45% off after day 1) coat preorders, with a link, so they know what's going on & where to find us <3
So Hi! and big thanks! I'll spare you the details- It can be rough running an independent label... But you all make life so wonderful, and seeing your pics always makes my day!! So please, keep posting and helping us spread the word! It means the world. <3
<3 <3 <3
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart (at the RedRobinSong GuestHouse in Upstate NY- btw- beautiful vegan B&B of my dreams!)
Anatomy of a Shoot: Behind the Scenes of Our Fall Collection August 15 2013
Here at Vaute we think of the new year just as we always did in school: the fashion year starts with AUTUMN! Things have been extra crazed here as we've been shooting galore for the FW13 Look Book, and our late Summer/early Autumn organic print collection. Here's some behind the scenes of our Monday night (till late!) shoot last week with friends Anthony Two Moons, MUA Candice Crawford using all vegan cruelty free beauty from DeVita, and the giggles a minute sweetheart, model Maggie Geha (Oh and we had a vegan sushi break from the Green Roll too. So. Full. Don't be jels.)
By Vaute Girl,
Gorgeous Maggie gets made up by Candice, using all DeVita- vegan & cruelty free beauty.
Our For the love of Dog top is back in a sweet tank!
Here Anthony captures Maggie wearing the newest color- our fav- black with silver.
Oh Maggie. This girl- cuteness inside and out.
So many pics! Which should we picks!
Here Leanne selects from shots of our new jumpers.
Pssst this is one of my favorite tanks- "Meow or never friends forever"
Candice is busy fixing Maggie's hair-
I'm busy dreaming of owning this pair of shortalls in poppy love organic canvas.
I've seen this coat in my dreams, and now it's available for fall!? YAY.
Made of 100% recycled fibers, made of recycled clouds right?
Peekaboo, it's here! The Belden made from the amazing and cruelty free waxed canvas material.
Our most popular cut is back in waxed, ready for wind, rain, and you!
SUMMER SAMPLE SALE ONLINE/NYC & POP UP SHOP DAYS! June 07 2013
I'm so in Summer Love with this weather- vegan BBQs on patios, camping, visiting Animal Sanctuaries! (Well, it's sprinkly today- but that kind of sprinkle that's sweet, and warm, and makes me want to curl up with a good Anais Nin diary...)
AND ONE MORE THING I LOVE, seeing all of you! So please come this week to the Pop Up Shop to get a one on one appointment and take home spring & summer pieces at special prices, preorder new summer pieces we'll make for you, or come to our Coat Sample Sale on Sunday (June 16th) for free hugs, treats, and the best deal you'll find on a Vaute coat EVER.
Vaute's SUMMER SAMPLE SALE!
WHEN: Online Tuesday June 11th 1pm-Thursday June 13th 1pm/
In Person at our Brooklyn Flagship Store Sunday June 16th 1-8pm
WHERE: VauteCouture.com Online & 234 Grand Street, Brooklyn In Person!
WHAT: 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!
YOU GUYS! We're nearly soldout of most styles of our Signature Winter Dress Coats and Snow Coats, but there are a few left and we'd love for them to get a great home! Get a steal on your own Vaute Coat for 48 hours only online at VauteCouture.com on Tuesday June 11th at 1pm EST to Thursday June 13th 1pm EST, or in person at our Flagship Store on Sunday June 16th from 1-8pm! For 48 hours only, all of the final pieces from the winter styles will be $175 each. And in person on Sunday June 16th, they'll be $175 each or buy one at current sale price and second is $100. These are the most insane prices we have- since they're just a few styles, colors, and sizes left from our previous collections! If you're lucky and they fit you then you get a steal! It's two days only online, and 1 day only in person, no exceptions!
RSVP Pretty Please + Thanks You
RSVP at KristinaVaute@gmail.com so we have a head count, not required but if we fill up it'd be good to be on the list just in case- our shop is tiny so space is limited!
Leanne-Can't wait to see you all at the Sample Sale (I'll be in for some appts too)!
Vaute's SUMMER LOVE POP UP!
June 8th to June 15th at our Brooklyn Flagship Store
We soldout of a lot of sizes already, so I want to make a ton more, in repeat and new prints! Plus I'm making new organic canvas jumpers and shortalls in flower and bird prints! SO, we want to know what to make for you- and we're having our first SUMMER LOVE POP UP SHOP to see you and find out!
By appointment only, you can come in and preorder a dress in a new print, or a soldout size, one of our new summer pieces, or take home something from the store- all at special Favorite Fan prices only (25% off everything that's full price, plus sample sale prices on winter coats)! (Walk ins won't get the same discount you will.) So if you've had your eye on something, like our Waxed Canvas Motorcycle jackets, or tees or sweatshirts, button downs, etc, now's the time to stock up!
WHEN: This Saturday through Next Saturday June 8th-15th BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
WHAT: Fav Fan 25% off pricing on EVERYTHING (and Sample Sale pricing on winter coats), including preorders on new summer pieces, new summer prints, soldout sizes, all special pricing!
HOW: By Appointment Only! (Walk Ins won't get to preorder or get special pricing or get to preorder.) Make an appointment by emailing Kristina at KristinaVaute@gmail.com with your ideal day and hour, and we'll email you back with your half hour time slot. You can bring up to 4 friends (to help decide what to get, or shop too!)
(below at maybe just the funnest vegan potluck we just had in Central Park- missed your face if you couldn't make it, hope to see you soon!)
(Pic from my girl Emily Nolan (of MyKindOfLife.com)!)
YOU'RE INVITED, NYC: FASHION, FOOD, & FARM ANIMALS <3 April 23 2013
SO FIRSTLY- Farm Sanctuary is honoring me, WHAT! On Saturday May 4th, we're recreating the New York Fashion Week show of which CNN said on CNN Breaking News-- "Animal Free Clothes Make Runway History" and US News & World Report told the world, "No one missed the leather- or the fur." Farm Sanctuary is one of my favorite favorite nonprofits, their sanctuaries in Watkins Glen, NY and in California are heaven on Earth- a place where animals rescued from the hell of factory farming in America can live out their lives together, in the sunshine. If you get the chance to go, GO. The sanctuary gives people a chance to meet animals like those killed in the billions every year in the United States alone, so that hopefully many will choose differently after spending time with these beautiful souls.
THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY.
Here's the invite below for the show May 4th in NYC! Please come and support Farm Sanctuary!!
Buy your tickets to my Fashion Show for Farm Sanctuary HERE, also featuring accessories by Brave GentleMan, Love is Mighty, Matt & Nat, Hair by Salon Champu, and Makeup by the Body Shop-- all vegan, cruelty free of course! Food by Jay Astafa (below) & Desserts by Fran Costigan.
Also the food will be super delicious h'ors dourves by Jay Astafa, the chef behind the insane vegan menu at Three Brothers. He's also having an incredible pop-up restaurant this Thursday & Friday for two days only! It's almost sold-out! I'll be there Thursday in the kitchen, if you come please stop by to say hi.
YOU GUYS. It's an all vegan 8 course tasting menu including DRAGON CARAMEL POPCORN (yes please!) and a Cheese Plate including aged cashew cheese & brie, strawberry rhubarb compote, orange scented vegan honey with rosemary almond crackers. ARE YOU SERIOUS, JAY! And how old are you? Geez, we all better get moving on our own talents.
More about the Pop Up (from Sparrow Media)
While most NYC vegan attractions revel in their unique abilities to create replications of meat and dairy dishes through the use of soy and wheat-based analogs, jay kitchen will revisit the roots of vegetarian sensibilities and present dishes that celebrate the vegetables themselves. Astafa honors the fact that it was these same soy-heavy vegan comfort foods made 3 Brothers a destination restaurant for vegans across the country, gained him a cult following, and earned him features in The New York Times, and CBS Nightly News, but he also is eager to show the world that vegan fine dining is not only possible …it can also be an amazing experience. Those dining at the jay kitchen pop-up will experience an 8-course tasting menu with brilliant displays of spring vegetables, hand-made cashew bries, butters and pastas (with gluten free options), braided with modern culinary techniques like Astafa’s balsamic caviar (a molecular gastronomy creation) and playful highlights like “smoking” liquid nitrogen infused caramel corn balls (a testimonial to Astafa’s youth amidst a sophisticated dining experience). For dessert courses Astafa will be collaborating with his close friend, vegan pastry chef, Dani McGrath.
TICKETS FOR JAY KITCHEN ARE HERE: http://jaykitchenpopup.eventbrite.com/
Hope to see you Thursday (or the 4th!, or (crazy idea) BOTH)!!
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, VAUTE founder
VAUTE at New York Fashion Week- YOU'RE INVITED! January 31 2013
YOU GUYS!!! (So many exclamation marks I know!)
I'm SO beyond excited/scared/excited to announce that we're doing our first solo show at New York Fashion Week, as the first all vegan label to show at NYFW! And we made the official Fashion Week Grid (Scroll down to the grid- see that teeny tiny type on Wed. February 6th, 11:30-12:30? That's us. Eep.) I'm so excited to have the chance to show the industry that there's no reason to wear animals.
I've had my outerwear & tee line for a few years now, but this past year I've been working on research & development of my first full RTW line, including tops, satin dresses, skirts, pants, and sweaters- made from the latest in vegan and eco fabrics some which have never been shown before or used before in production. This includes luxe organic cotton velvet that's quilted with recycled Thinsulate for colorful whimsical coats with details of metallic vegan leather made of all recycled fibers, printed organic blouses, 100% recycled satin pants, waxed canvas skirts & pants, and more... Including some mens too!
My show is sponsored partially by the amazing Humane Society of the United States, because they work so hard to educate the fashion industry about the cruelties of fur and using animals in fashion. If you haven't seen their video by Woody Harrelson yet, here it is. Also sponsored by our awesome makeup team doing all vegan makeup from DeVita, & amazing hair will be by Champu Salon in NYC, who uses all vegan products. Cutest sweets designed just for the show in my fav flavors (like matcha & strawberry) are being whipped up by noneother than the grossly talented Danielle Konya and her Vegan Treats team. I LOVE her (is an understatement)... plus music spun by DJ Diggy Lloyd, her cuteness will also stun you.Oh & adoptable puppies dogs (might) be on site as a few of the models? We'll see! Sh!
SO- the most important news of all- I WANT YOU TO COME! Fashion Week is an industry thing... it's for editors and buyers, that's why it's on a weekday during the day (Sorry the show is daytime, but since it's 11:30-12:30 so if you work in the city, maybe you can take an early lunch?). BUT, what would I be without you guys? How could we be showing the world that people care about animals and not wearing them if not for you? So please- if you can make it to NYC for the show (this coming Wednesday February 6th, 11:30am-12:30pm), then you can get exclusive tickets one of two ways://HOW YOU CAN ATTEND VAUTE'S FIRST SOLO FASHION WEEK SHOW//
1. Post a photo of yourself wearing anything VAUTE (now through Sunday 10pm EST)... a tee, a necklace, a coat, or at the store! If you already have a photo, or want to take a new one- whatever you'd like. Then post & tag us (Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook, @VauteCouture) with why you're excited about us showing at fashion week! Or maybe a favorite quote that helps you keep going when life's not so fun/easy/... or just a heart? haha Then send the link to your post (or if it's on FB we'll see it on our page, so just let us know that's you!) to KristinaVaute@Gmail.com with your email address & full name. We'll pick our favs to put on the list at the door, and we'll get you the full invite. Make sure you can be available for the show in NYC at 11:30 on 2/6, oh and you can bring a friend/coworker if you'd like but no need to! (Most people go solo to Fashion Week events.)
2. Stop in to see us at the shop this weekend! We love seeing you!! Starting tomorrow (Friday) through Sunday- we're open 1-8pm each day, and we'll hand you an invite. We're at 234 Grand Street (& Driggs), in Williamsburg Brooklyn between the Marcy JMZ, Bedford L, and Metropolitan G, and across fro the new Williamsburg Cinemas and near lots of yummy vegan food! So stop in, say hi, and say you'd like to come! We have lots of new tops too in that aren't on the site yet so you can check those out if you'd be so inclined.
Can't wait to see all of your faces (in photos and in person!) And if
you can't make it to the show but want to post- you'll get $10 off any
thing (we have a ton of new tops we are posting in a week or so as soon
as I get a breather from all this fashion week crazy), just send us the
link to KristinaVaute@gmail.com, and you can use it once throughout
2013. (If you've already posted before just send us the link!)
Okay now check out the calendar & the inspiration below... and hope we will see you there!
The collection is inspired by Sailor Moon- whose fit & flare, in your face style I've always been in love with- but even more, whose story of an ordinary earth girl saved by a magical cat to become a soldier of love & justice for all beings of the universe- makes me, um, pretty happy.
Here are some Sailor Moon quotes that I'm freaking out over (a little bit, okay a LOT):
"I told you... That I would protect everyone." -Sailor Moon
"If you have a little more courage than normal people, anyone can be a soldier. If you have a caring heart for others, anyone can be a Messiah. Even if your heart becomes evil, please don't forget that we'll take care of you. And we'll definitely help you!"
"Hi! As long as a bad guys appears in this world, I can reach you like pizza delivery! I am the agent of love and justice, Sailor Moon!"
How true is that?! Oh Sailor Moon, I want to be you when I grow up.
Oh hey! Here's a preview of one of the dresses (with detachable bow) in the first stage of the development process- in the practice fabric.
Okay so back to work... I hope this post made sense, because I'm pretty sure my brain isn't half right at this point (dear naps, I would love if we could get back together, mmmk? thanks!)
Sending hugs! Thanks always for the amazing thoughtful kind words- it really keeps me going (way more than you know).
Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart (heart you guys!!)