Vaute Here

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Vaute Here
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Since starting her line of vegan, fair-trade winter coats in 2009, Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart has developed a full line of eco-conscious women’s apparel. Now Hilgart finally has a space to house her ethical creations in this 500-square-foot flagship, playfully outfitted with chalkboard walls, a light box projecting stars on the back of the fitting rooms, and refurbished yellow lockers that display hand-printed jersey tees ($26–$32), emblazoned with phrases such as “V Is for Vegan” or “I can’t even look at you in that fur.” A “Yes your puppy is welcome, no your fur is not” sign hangs on the front door, and handmade paper animal heads rest on the mannequins to complete the shop’s critter-friendly feel. Among the highlights are printed organic-cotton and recycled-crepe dresses ($185), bamboo jersey rompers ($85) and hemp-and-organic-cotton denim overalls ($185).


Venue name: Vaute Here
Address: 234 Grand St
New York

Cross street: at Driggs Ave
Opening hours: Tue–Sun 1–8pm
Transport: Subway: J, M to Marcy Ave; L to Bedford Ave or Lorimer St
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