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Olsenhaus: A Designer Vegan Shoe Brand

olsenhaus vegan shoes

I am coming at you all today with a cruelty-free vegan shoe brand called Olsenhaus. Elizabeth Olsen (no, not that one) founded this brand in 2008. She has an unwavering commitment to the ethics of producing fabrics and materials and more specifically, to the treatment of animals. Under “The Truth” in her website, you will find a rather graphic explanation of how leather goods and other garments made of animals are made. Beware, it contains truly unsettling images of animal torture but it is an important truth and wake-up call.

Olsenhaus vegan sandal

Elizabeth Olsen has worked for notable brands such as Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, which shows her design repertoire is quite impressive. In addition to being a great shoe designer,  she’s also an activist in the fashion community – leading the fight against animal cruelty. Her art is her message and luckily, many magazines and celebrities have been taken by her designs. Her latest fans? Gwyneth Paltrow followed by a long string of A-listers.

Olsenhaus vegan shoe

Olsenhaus merges great, fun designs with socially responsible ethics. Check out her spring collection for 2014 — let me tell you, it is good. Prints galore for a stylish spring!

All of her shoes are priced around $150-$200 and are available online and in select stores! You can even find her shoes @

related: more eco-friendly shoes featured on The Alternative Consumer

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

eco conscious fashion brand made in brooklyn

brooklyn industries

I recently came across an eco conscious fashion brand, Brooklyn Industries, that makes hip clothes and offers an array of bags and accessories for men, women and kids.

made in brooklyn tee

Their t-shirts and tops are made of 100% organic cotton, and half of their t-shirts are made domestically within a 150 mile radius of Brooklyn. The t-shirts being sold are printed locally in New York to reduce Brooklyn Industry’s carbon footprint, and 35% of their t-shirts are made with yarns that are organic, recycled, or a combination of both.

eco messenger bags

Their bags are made of both recycled and repurposed material. An example of the materials used for bags are: jute coffee bean sacks, leather scraps, and salvaged denim in bags. The Dumbo City messenger bag shown above, is hand sewed in their factory using recycled billboard vinyl for the inner linings, and is priced at either $59.99 or $88 depending on color selection.

brooklyn kid fashion

There are currently 16 retails stores, which are all designed with sustainable materials such as wood from certified sustainable forests, and filled with fixtures from repurposed wooden pallets, and vintage furniture. Furthering their sustainability effort, Brooklyn Industries powers its store locations and office headquarters with 100% National Wind power.

Here’s where to find more of their eco-friendly finds.

related: more eco fashion on

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