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