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Vaute Couture’s Vegan Coats Combine Elegance, Whimsy for Fall 2012

This season, Vaute Couture is introducing a waterproof canvas, made in New York City and waxed with an all-organic, vegan wax.

Story by Jasmin Malik Chua - Source: http://www.ecouterre.com/

Photo ©Anthony TwoMoons

Growing up in Chicago, where she battled many a bitter winter, Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart knows cold. As the mastermind behind the first high-performance vegan dress coat, she also knows you don’t have to cocoon yourself in animal pelts to keep frostbite at bay. Now in its third year, Hilgart’s Vaute Couture label has honed cruelty-free luxury to an art. Its Fall/Winter 2012 outwear collection combines classic silhouettes with weather-resistant technical fabrics derived from recycled and recyclable fibers.

Photo ©Anthony TwoMoons

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Constructed in New York City, where Hilgart is now based, the critter-friendly toppers are as warm as they are “super crazy soft,” according to the designer. While she admits that the fabrics are “not perfect,” they’re on their way. “I will keep trying and trying and trying to better them more and more, I promise you. We are getting there,” she says.

This season, Vaute Couture is introducing a waterproof canvas, made in New York City and waxed with an all-organic, vegan wax.

Hilgart focused on timeless silhouettes for good reason. “Since we wear our coats for months on end in the winter, I want to create pieces that feel dressed up even when it’s gray out and you’re in a tee and leggings underneath,” Hilgart tells Ecouterre.

Inspired—and named for—some of Vaute Couture’s favorite customers, each piece combines recyclable, American-made Polartec fabric and Teijin’s Recycled Closed Loop Zero Waste Satin Ripstop with deadstock metal buttons or fastenings made from engraved tagua nut.

This season, Vaute Couture is introducing a waterproof canvas, made in New York City and waxed with an all-organic, vegan wax. “It’s a great alternative to leather with that sexy, vintage one-of-a-kind look from wear and crinkle,” Hilgart says.

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