Chicago-raised Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart was inspired to start Vaute Couture when she couldn’t find an ethically-produced coat warm enough for subzero midwestern winters.

Sacrificing a college scholarship and busy modeling career to follow her mission, she focused 100% of her energy into researching, sourcing materials, and constructing her first designs. After a year’s worth of work, in 2009, she launched Vaute as a capsule collection of upscale coats and jackets that were as chic as they were practical. The line sold so well that Hilgart was inspired to pick up and move to the NYC, where she is currently based. In 2013, Vaute showed at New York Fashion Week, where it was celebrated as the first vegan clothing line to ever present at the high-profile industry event.

Since those whirlwind beginnings, Vaute has expanded to include dresses, separates, accessories, and menswear. New for fall-winter 2016 is a waxed canvas A-line mini that snaps up the front and has cute patch pockets (think Cher in 'Clueless'). The cold-shoulder Brenda ShirtDress is available in plaid or cloud print and is crafted from recycled fiber vegan chiffon. And as always, there's the Belden, a Vaute fan favorite that sells out season after season. Constructed of waxed canvas or organic moleskin, the Beldon is a peacoat-style coat, designed with a double-breasted closure and convertible, stand-up collar that protects your face from the wind. 

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