Archive for: December, 2010

Vaute Couture, Making Headlines & Veganizing Fashion

We’ve all heard someone say lightheartedly that they “fell in love” with a new article of clothing or some similar object, but has a coat ever made you literally fall in love? what about it’s designer? what about her message?

Love is a central theme in Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart’s design sensibilities and that is reflected in her label, Vaute Couture. From fashion-forward, animal-free and ethically manufactured vegan pea coats that benefit the Farm Animal Sanctuary to her blog On Our Sleeve Leanne radiates something solar that makes the press gush floral review copy.

Sparrow has teamed up with Leanne to subvert fashion and lifestyle press with a simple message that compassion is in fashion, it’s fashion-forward, forward thinking and in the case of Vaute Couture compassion can also be effortlessly elegant high style. This week Ari Solomon owner of the vegan candle company A Scent of Scandal and part time muckraker over at The Huffington Post interviewed Leanne on Vaute Couture, her activism, and her design sensibilities for a feature in The Huffington Post’s style column.  Ari’s writing and interview is coupled with a beautiful slideshow of Leanne’s designs and a one-on-one video with Leanne. Please check out the piece here, then share it with your friends on facebook, twitter, tumblr, etc!

Also this week, The Coolture, a fashion magazine published out of Paris and Madrid, profiled Leanne and Vaute Couture in their magazine right along side some of the fashion industry’s most influential tastemakers. You can check out the piece here.

recent press…

Feature Ed. in The Times of India
Mention on Choosing Raw Blog
Feature & Interview in The Coolture
Mention in Second City Vegan Blog
Feature & Interview in The Huffington Post
Feature in Veggie Love (Germany)
Feature on Discerning Brute Blog
Feature on Treehugger Website
Feature on Sneaky Vegan Blog
Green Shows Recap on Meta Cafe
Feature in Univerisity of Illinois – Green Observer (TK)
Feature in Upscale Magazine (TK, April, Green Issue)

Sparrow is excited to be partnering with Leanne and Vaute Couture to bring her message of compassionate, animal, eco, and labor-friendly design to the masses.

Announcing Vegan Corner, Vegan Outreach 2.0

The Sparrow Project is pleased to announce  Two weeks ago we broke the seal on the rumor jar confirming that there would in fact be an all-vegan alternative to the popular reviews website “yelp*”  After a year of coding, programming, and countless bottomless cups of fair-trade coffee, Adrianna and Nathan Pope did it! Vegan Corner is the fruit of their labors, an interactive social media platform that exists to make vegan food, vegan culture, and vegan fashion more accessible to the public. Vegan Corner helps you find the nearest vegan cafe, the cutest wool-free winter coat, and connects you with the events of an ever-growing ethical subculture!

Long Beach, CA; entrepreneurs and animal-rights advocates Nathan & Adriana Pope have announced their company, Vegan Corner ( to launch on December 1st, 2010. Vegan Corner is the world’s largest vegan business directory, with a comprehensive listing of every vegan and vegan-friendly business worldwide, complete with reviews written by fellow plant eaters and health-conscious foodies alike. With user-friendly interactive reviews, listings and resources, Vegan Corner is destined to be the biggest thing to hit the vegetarian community since the invention of tofu.   To see how Vegan Corner works please visit –


Co-founder, Adriana Pope stated, “Vegan Corner fills the void within the online review website sphere by creating a site that specifically caters to vegans, complete with ratings and reviews written exclusively by vegans. We stepped it up a notch in order to be the ultimate guide. Best of all, Vegan Corner benefits the animals by donating 10% of profits every month to an animal charity.”


Vegan Corner is a great way to connect aficionados with their favorite tastes and interests by locating all the best places and events to be at.


Tim Rusmisel, a vegan and owner of Tim Rusmisel’s Art Gallery in San Juan Capistrano, California stated, “I think a lot of people have been waiting for something like this to come around. As the owner of an art gallery, it’s great to be able to see my business listed online with pictures and reviews because it allows people to discover a local place that they might have not known exists.”


Vegan Corner also has an extensive listing of all cruelty-free products to boot. Need to find the perfect gluten-free chocolate cake mix? Searching for a soothing lip balm? Or how about a yummy treat for your spoiled pup? It’s all here in one spot. In fact, Vegan Corner exclusively lists only companies that do not test on animals, so you won’t have to worry about desperately searching for the cruelty-free symbol when you’re at the market.

Vegan Corner is an amazing new structure for connecting ethical businesses with those who care about living a lifestyle that makes the world a better place for animals… it’s a great way to directly get us in touch and grow the vegan market to show the world how wonderful and easy it is to be compassionate and cruelty free.” says Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, owner of Vaute Couture, the first vegan fashion label for winter dress coats warm enough for below freezing weather.


As if it can’t get any better, Vegan Corner currently has a i-Phone application in the works! Being an “on-the-go” vegan just got easier. Two weeks and counting, and the vegan world will surely be impacted when convenience meets social networking at its finest. Find new places to go to, write reviews, and connect with other people in your city. Don’t delay, sign up at right now and be the first to review your favorite and not-so-favorite place on December 1st.


For additional information, email Andy Stepanian at andy(at)sparrowmedia(dot)net or contact pr(at)vegancorner(dot)com. For bloggers who wish to cross-promote with Vegan Corner for free, please email admin(at)vegancorner(dot)com with “LINK SWAP” in the subject heading., an online business directory exclusively for vegans searching for a cruelty-free place to dine, shop or hang out at, is scheduled to launch on the first of December, and benefits the animals by donating 10% of profits every month to a charity.