Black jackets, and white coats, and grey tank tops with absolutely no harm done to lions, and tigers, and bears – oh my!

The aim of Vaute Couture designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart is to create highly stylish and highly functional winter outer wear that does not harm animals.  She uses fabrics which are more functional than traditional wool and silk.  Shadow figure animal images with one heart placed on each drawing form her line’s logo.

What’s not to love? I “heart” this concept.  We need warm outer wear; we do not need to hurt animals. Hurray for vegan eco outerwear!

The models were attired in garments which would be at home in my closet.  The standard looking black pea coats and the long white coats could appropriately be a typical component of anyone’s wardrobe. Hilgart’s grey sweat shirts and tanks (with frayed edges!) resemble my trusty running clothes.  A cute short yellow ski jacket festooned with an orange flower design was the collection’s standout.

The fabrics Hilgart uses are the most impressive part of her creations. Her new technology shell fabric is machine washable, heat retaining, and made from recycled material. She is responsible for the “first vegan
eco-conscious insulated coat designed for extreme style in extreme winter made of recycled technologically insulating down alternative fibers.”  Her gloves are made of vegan leather!  Her knits are made from soy bean farming waste!  Soy bean farming waste?  Who knew?  This is “all made in NYC with lots of love.”

I love Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart’s work. All of us – even New Yorkers – can join the sheep and say “bah” to clothes which harm the environment and animals.

– Marleen

Photos by Emma Grady, via TreeHugger.