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 Constellation Dress in Midnight (left) and the Belden in Dolphin V/Velveteen (right)
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//
To make an appointment,
- 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
email Kaitlin (she just moved here from the Midwest!) at KaitlinVaute@gmail.com with what date, city, and a few hours of options for her to see where you fit in best. She'll email you your time slot, but give her a few days as she organizes it all! :)
*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)