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A Vegan Fashionista’s Paradise: Vegan, Sustainable & Stylish Shoes, Handbags & Accessories All Found in One Place!
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A Vegan Fashionista’s Paradise: Vegan, Sustainable & Stylish Shoes, Handbags & Accessories All Found in One Place!

Because of ethical reasons and my undying love for animals (especially birds), I gave up eating meat over a year and a half ago. Along with my change in diet came a complete change in buying habits. If I was changing my diet, why would I continue to purchase cosmetics, household cleaners, fashions, etc. that were made of animal products?!

Being extremely passionate about fashion, the hardest part of my lifestyle change was actually locating accessories (especially shoes) that were vegan & fashionable. The majority of the selection I found was more granola-esc than my taste. Add on the fact that I'm an advocate for the environment and human rights and my search to find these accessories seemed to become even more impossible!

Often, I had to scour the internet for hours to find stylish vegan shoes that were made ethically out of sustainable materials or from companies that take a proactive stance towards reducing waste/emissions as well as used fair-wage practices. When I did find some stylish vegan styles, they were more "vegan by default", made cheaply out of non-sustainable materials that fall apart easily and labeled as vegan just because they weren't made of leather.

My sister (a vegan for over 5 years) and I shared in this dilemma and we figured others were having the same problem! We set out on a journey to create an online shop that sold products that met all of our criteria: vegan, stylish, sustainable and high quality.

Our e-boutique, Compassion Couture launched in September 2011 with the mission to prove that you don't have to sacrifice your values for your sense of style! We are still in start-up mode but what keeps us going is the fact that we pride ourselves in contributing to making ethical fashion more accessible to those like ourselves and aim to show to everyday consumers that our accessories are just as stylish and high quality as the accessories that they purchase at mainstream department stores.

We handpick all of the items on our site which include a wide array of handbags, shoes, wallets, belts, scarves and sustainable jewelry. Some of our brands include pioneers in the vegan fashion industry, Beyond Skin, Olsen Haus, Matt & Nat, Cri de Coeur and Gunas

Check out our shop at CompassionCoutureShop.com

Read more about our story.

And, if you are in the NYC area, we are co-hosting our first-ever sample sale on June 10, 2011, where we will be selling our items at WHOLESALE prices!!!

Full details are below – we hope that you can make it!!

Save The World In Style – Vegan/Eco Sample Sale

Date: Sunday, June 10th

Time: 11am-3pm

Location: ViraYoga – 580 Broadway (between Houston & Prince), Soho, NY

Event Page.

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  1. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Vote #4 Jill! Love the shoes in the pic, but I can't walk in heels and due to short, wide, thick feet am very hard to fit! Thanks for the info!
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  2. Jill Spiritus
    Thanks so much, Carolyn! Great point - We've gotten a lot of feedback requesting flats for the same reasons and added a lot more recently - You can find all of our flat here: http://www.compassioncoutureshop.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=79 Thanks again!!! :)
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  3. Jam
    Jam
    Love that pic of the shoes so bloody cool...........................
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    1. Jill Spiritus
      Thanks, Jam! Those are one of my favorites for the season - Cri de Coeur's Clio wedge!
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  4. Fifi Leigh
    Fifi Leigh
    cool. i can't find any vegan store for clothes, shoes and accessories in my area. just mostly food, makeup and skin care. maybe you can open a store in the Orange County area, in California, in the future.
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    1. Jill Spiritus
      Thanks, Fifi Leigh! We would LOVE to open a store in Orange County - part of our plan is to open up a physical store in the future.
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  5. Fifi Leigh
    Fifi Leigh
    cool. i can't find any vegan store for clothes, shoes and accessories in my area. just mostly food, makeup and skin care. maybe you can open a store in the Orange County area, in California, in the future.
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  6. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    What a fun post. Sounds like a wonderful business! Voted. Check out my watermelon basil soda post and please vote :)
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    1. Jill Spiritus
      Thanks! Just voted! Looks so yummy!!
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  7. SnakeWitch
    Darn. I'm out of votes for today, but I'll catch you tomorrow. I'm not a purse or make-up person, but am definitely trying to find ecological vegan shoes that fit my tiny, teenage-size feet. I'm a 5 in most models (but a four and a half in others) or a 34 in European sizes. Although it's not impossible to find shoes, my problem is to find eco-vegan ones in my size since most companies start at a size 7. Would you happen to cater to freakishly-small adult feet? If you're interested, check out my two new articles, 'Permaculture for the Environment' and 'Flying Greener' and vote for me! Cheers! And keep up the great work!
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    1. Jill Spiritus
      Thanks!!! The majority of our shoes start at size 6 unfortunately, but I do have a friend that is a 5 and can sometimes fit into Olsen Haus size 6 shoes. I think that company would be your best bet. Also, Beyond Skin's shoes tend to run small. The smallest we carry are a size 36 but they usually run at least a size small. If you check out our website and want me to measure the foot bed of any shoes just email me at jill@compassioncoutureshop.com I will check out your articles too and vote for you!
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      1. SnakeWitch
        I'll keep you in mind! I'm in Colombia right now, so shipping would cost not just an arm and a leg, but an eye as well... grrr!
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        1. Jill Spiritus
          True - might be a little pricey but we've shipped to Australia and Japan for not too much - depends on the size/weight of the item! Enjoy Columbia!!
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  8. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Congrats Jill on making Top Posts!
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    1. Jill Spiritus
      thank you!
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