Thursday, February 24, 2011

Loving Fall 2011 Already!

About another month before winter is out the door- am pretty over the snow, sleet & cold. Definitely ready for some sprightly spring weather, but this weekend surprisingly gave me some red hot fall/winter desire...

Was helping out my friend, Elizabeth & her fabulous vegan line, Olsenhaus at the NOW Showcase. Was really fun to hang & meet some cool people- designers & store owners are all about eco-friendly, sustainable fashion. And added bonus, got to see the hot new Olsenhaus fall line. Olsenhaus is debuting bags in the Awakening Collection/Fall 2011 and boy, am I coveting hard.

This gorgeous, ultrasuede giant tote is screaming to be in my closet or balanced in the crook of my elbow heading to brunch or clutched in my hand going away for the's super roomy and the best part, it's got little feet- bags like these need feet, who wants to be setting down this gorgeousness on the filthy floor. Yes, I must admit I have some dirt my pre-vegan years, I used to set a cloth napkin on the floor at fancy Cipriani for my precious Celine bag. When I was 3yrs old, me the obnoxious, privileged American kid, would not set foot in Laos because it was dirt, not sidewalks- my parents carried me for two weeks.

Anyway, I love this bag, the Olsenhaus Bjorn Tote- reminds me of a way more compassionate & eco Hermes Birkin and for a fraction of the cost at $330. Some may balk at this price, but it's valid for the quality, eco-friendly, non-sweatshop production. I just love that there is yet another high-quality, fab vegan bag line! Yay!
Here's a peek at some of the other bags- one is embossed linen croc print....
This was the space the show was in over at The Terminal Building by the West Side Highway.
Look how hot this wooden platform wedge is- perfect for girls like me that need more height, but not wanting to balance on spindly heels which I happily did in my twenties....yep, age is catching up- but this Olsenhaus platform wedge is perfect for old ladies like me...
There were wallets, and heels and loafers...oh my! Even sequined "Toms" type loafers!

At the end of the day, there was a wine & cocktail hour, which also featured delicious snacks.There was super yummy salsas from The Brooklyn Salsa Company- especially yummy was Queens, The Tropical- it had coconut milk...yum!
I also got to sample Zhena's Gypsy Fair Trade Coconut Chai with soymilk, delicious!
There was also my favorite vegan snack ever, The Regal Vegan's Faux Gras, which is the most awesome stuff ever that's healthy & delicious. Made from walnuts & lentils, it is the cruelty-free version of disturbingly, cruelty-packed foie gras. It's also my favorite snack because Ella Nemcova, The Regal Vegan rocks & she really makes the most delicious food!
Wanted to post a pic, but Blogger is being
Would have taken more pictures walking around the show, but I was hobbling from hurting my bad knee at hot yoga a few days earlier, boo. But love that eco-friendly, sustainable fashion has a trade show to call their own. Now, can't wait for a vegan fashion trade show- bet that's coming soon!


kellywhitephillips said...

Ok, I think I have my bag and shoe purchases set for Fall 2011- thanks for the teaser!

Also, that coconut chai tea from zhena's is the best tea I have ever had.

Theresa said...

Ooh, pretty pretty. And vegan! How exciting.

VeggieGirl said...

LOVE the styles!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

How fun!

It's funny because I think the Berkin bag is ugly, but I really like that Bjorn tote! Super cute!

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