I am excited to announce that every Friday Ecco*Eco will feature cruelty-free fashion and news stories as a way to explore the progress made in ethical fashion and our ongoing compassion for the animal kingdom. I am not a devout vegan, but quite a few of my dearest friends are, and as part of my research on 'fashioning self and the environment', I feel that it is critical to highlight this vital component of the ethical fashion dialogue.
First up in this regular feature is Cow Jones Industrials Boutique in Chatham, New York. Thoughtfully curated by owner and devoted animal rights activist, Donna Oakes, this smart vegan outpost is a must visit for anyone traveling through the beautiful Hudson Valley. I was lucky enough to visit Donna this past Monday, and I have highlighted some of my favorite finds and designers, available at the shop as well as online.
A Perfume Organic fragrances sitting pretty at Cow Jones
GG2G Gyoza clutch in black made from salvaged restaurant seating
My favorite purchase during my visit was Vaute Couture's 'Widen the Circle' tee, already a huge hit at this week's yoga class. You can follow stories and promotions posted by Cow Jones Industrials on their Facebook page. Do not miss their current fundraising collaboration with Liz Marshall for her upcoming documentary, The Ghosts In Our Machine.