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Vaute Couture’s Contest Winning Coat Now Available

When former model, Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, couldn’t find a warm winter coat to match her vegan lifestyle, she launched Vaute Couture. She started with a design challenge and an offer to produce the contest winning garments with portion of proceeds going to Farm Sanctuary. 108 entries, 20 finalists, and over 8,000 votes later, one of the three winning designs is now available for purchase.

The Awe Coat is a couture inspired creation made from non-traditional vegan and eco materials. It was produced using a fair trade seamstress and tailor center in Chicago, home of Vaute Couture’s headquarters. Inspired by the artwork of Julianna Luther, Chicago fashion illustrator at the SAIC, and interpreted by Catherine Furio, this piece is being custom made to measure and is constructed of shimmery organic fair trade bamboo and cotton velvet, with a vegan satin lining.  Available in Windy City Gray or Lake Effect White, you can expect your coat in 4 to 6 weeks and optional fittings are available in Chicago.


Due to a desire to make the other two designs in a more affordable price range than the special occasion Awe Coat, the Vaute pea coat and the El Chicago coat will be available next fall with the first Vaute Couture line being developed for boutiques. Rest assured, these pieces will also be produced in Chicago with eco friendly vegan materials using fair trade practices.

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Written by Melissa Elliott

Melissa Elliott is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. Her personal blog,, documents her culinary adventures from her kitchen to vegan food around the world. When she's not glued to her computer or on the road, she loves to spend time with her husband, Ryan, cats Beamish & Scurvy, and beloved chihuahua, Strummer.

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