Vaute Couture
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Spelled for Haute Couture with a V for Vegan, but said like VOTE—Vaute Couture is an independent fashion house by Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart whose raison d’etre is to develop apparel and fabrics that are better than wearing animals ever could be. In the fall of 2008, Leanne quit her modeling contract with Ford Models and her full ride MBA at DePaul University to do everything she could to create the first winter dress coat that was at once 100% vegan and warm enough for a real winter. It was something she had always wanted for herself, but more than that, she wanted there to be no excuse left to wear animals. With a background in activism and start-ups, not fashion, Leanne approaches development from an invention standpoint. With the challenge of omitting the traditional winter dress coat fabric wool, she developed a line of winter dress coats that are warmer than wool, and also snow resistant, windproof, and heat retaining, while at once made of cutting edge fabrics of recyclable and recycled fibers, and made locally first in Chicago, and later in NYC.

Called the “Rebel of Fashion Week” by CNN Breaking News, and 1 of the Most Innovative Businesses in NYC by BusinessInsider, Leanne told Conde Nast, “Vegan is the future of fashion.”