Eco-Fashion Update: Vegan Wool

By Ecouterre

This winter, stay toasty with cruelty-free wool jackets by New York designer Vaute. The brainchild of Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, the Vaute winter coat line features plush vegan fabrics developed by Hilgart herself. The beautiful coats, and chunky sweaters, take animals out of the fashion equation, proving that style and warmth can be completely cruelty-free.

Faced with the cold winters of her hometown of Chicago, Hilgart sought out to find a wool alternative that would satisfy wintry standards. Her love of animals- particularly sheep, sent her on a hunt to create warm and water resistant clothing that comparable to wool. After eight months of researching high-tech mills, Hilgart developed a line of eco-conscious fabrics made from organic and recycled fibers.

Hilgart was inspired to seek wool alternatives when learning of the cruel and inhumane practices used in farming wool from sheep. Many animals are shorn without care, causing cuts and gashes when skin is shorn off along with wool.

Vaute’s line include durable parkas, long weather-proof coats, and cozy sweaters for both guys and girls. Although the pieces in Vaute’s line can guard against the winter chill, they aren’t bulky like many winter clothing pieces can be. Vaute’s line is known to be sleek and chic, allowing movement and style with warmth.

By choosing Vaute’s faux-wool, fashionistas are sending the message that animal-free clothing can keep people warm, fashionable and ethical.



Ecouterre is a website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design. We’re dedicated to showcasing and supporting designers who not only contemplate cut, form, and drape, but also a garment’s social and environmental impact, from the cultivation of its fibers to its use and disposal. Our ethos: To follow the evolution of the apparel industry toward a more environmentally sound future, as well as facilitate a conversation about why sustainable fashion matters.



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