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Vegan Dressing To Make Your Thanksgiving Totally Ethical

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Fashion Editor
Updated: 21 November 2016
Although the origins of Thanksgiving are questionable (after all, the holiday has been celebrated as a whitewashed vision of Native American-colonial cooperation and peace), these days many Americans are more culturally aware when it comes to giving thanks. Mary Herman of the Washington Ethical Society told The Washington Post, “We’re all about deed before creed here. Our members are always looking for ways to walk the walk of our values.” As such, many Americans take Thanksgiving as a time to celebrate family and gratitude and are inclusive of non-native Americans in such sentimental aspirations.

But what about the treatment of your non-human friends? It turns out, many Americans are sensitive to the humane treatment of animals, even at Thanksgiving, a holiday famous for the consumption of turkey. According to The Huffington Post, more Americans are choosing a vegetarian or vegan diet, because of personal ethics. If you’re an animal lover, not only are you against eating meat, you don’t want to wear clothing made from animals either. Enter VAUTE Couture (“Haute” + V for Vegan), the world’s first vegan fashion brand. Culture Trip rounds up five looks from VAUTE to wear to your vegan Thanksgiving, so you can stay true to your ethics and celebrate at the same time.

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Vaute Couture CEO and Creative Direct, Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart | © Julia Cawley

Founded in 2008 by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, who Conde Nast calls a “game-changer, embodying courage, creativity, and conviction,” VAUTE takes animals out of the fashion equation by using innovative, high-tech, sustainable textiles, cut and sewn in New York City’s garment district. Mai-ly Hilgart, who grew up 10 minutes from the McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago, spent her childhood “crying for my animal friends.” With a background in fashion, Mai-ly Hilgart created the world’s first vegan clothing line. To-date,VAUTE has shown at New York Fashion Week, and has its flagship store in NoLita.

Grey Lady

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The Vaute Winter Leggings in Charcoal ($80), The Winter Bodysuit in Charcoal ($128), The Sweater Dress in Apricot ($325), The Cole Felt Hat in Charcoal ($128)

Waist Land

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© Amanda Suarez/Culture Trip

The Reversable Crop Sweater ($292), The A Line Wax Skirt in Olive ($224)

Blue & Cream

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The Felicity Cocoon Sweater in Ivory ($198), The Vaute Winter Leggings in Navy ($80)

Easy Rider

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© Amanda Suarez/Culture Trip

The Wings Heavy Waxed Moto With Combo Sleeve in Navy ($398), The Winter Bodysuit in Charcoal ($128), The Vaute Winter Leggings in Navy ($80), The Cole Felt Hat in Charcoal ($128)

Mellow Yellow

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© Amanda Suarez/Culture Trip

The Reversable Crop Sweater ($292), The A Line Wax Skirt in Olive ($224), The Jess Snow Coat in Yellow ($445)

Visit Vaute Couture online or at their NoLita location:

114 Stanton Street

New York, NY 10002

(917) 388-3995