Monday, September 27, 2010

Weekend Visit with Cow Jones Industrials

Vegan and fair trade offerings at Cow Jones Industrials in Chatham
OlsenHaus shoes, Sarah Donegan hessian tote, and Offhand Designs

I had a lovely visit yesterday with Donna Oakes at her vegan boutique, Cow Jones Industrials in Chatham, NY. It was a magical day to visit this beautifully-curated space as the autumn leaves were kicking up on the country backroads and the fall foliage was beginning to reach its colorful and vibrant peak.

Donna Oakes at Cow Jones Industrials

You might recall my interview with Donna Oakes in August's Mindful Retailing Beyond Urban Zones: Part 1 for Goodlifer. As we all know, the Internet is a great way to connect with like-minded individuals, but honestly, there is no substitute for spending time with someone as knowledgeable and community-oriented as Donna. 

I also was lucky enough to be able to try on some stunning new designs by NaturevsFuture, Popomomo, Cri de Coeur, OlsenHaus, Vaute Couture, GG2G, Matt & NateThe Andean Collection, Wired jewelry, to name a few.

Vaute Couture critter-friendly tank tees
The Andean Collection's tagua bracelets with Wired jewelry

Popomomo Quartz cape made from hemp and recycled poly-denim

My coveted find from yesterday's visit? This super chic and versatile 'Quartz Cape' from Popomomo - perfect for upcoming travel to Europe. Donna was sporting it in the shop as well, and it is the perfect year round layering piece for both rural and urban jaunts.

Cow Jones Industrials will be participating as a fashion sponsor in this weekend's Vegan Fashion Show at the Vegetarian Expo in Albany, NY. Word is that October 2 has become official Vegan Fashion Day on both US coasts, with events being held in both NY State and San Francisco.

Do not miss visiting Cow Jones the next time you follow the Hudson River north. It is well worth the visit and a great way to add to your fashion-with-a-conscience wardrobe in the most relaxing of settings.

(above photos, with the exception of Popomomo, by Abigail Doan)

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