The leather jacket…probably about as iconic and as much of a staple as a good pair of jeans. It’s lived through the ages of fashion and style, through the ebbs and flows of trends, and it will be here to stay for a long, long time. Usually when I shop for one I prefer the leather type, because they are usually tougher and hold up longer. However, BLANKNYC recently helped change my mind a bit after I got two pieces from their amazing Vegan Leather line, and now I’ve discovered another one that is catching my attention! Fauxgerty is an independent brand out of St. Louis, and is doing something I haven’t seen any vegan-friendly line ever do before: consciously blend the gap between herbivores and omnivores through mindfulness and acceptance.
Fauxgerty is primarily a vegan leather line, specializing in jackets. The brand was founded in 2014 by owner and designer Chrissy Fogerty, as well as art director Meg Ebaugh-Faris. You may have guessed that Fogerty created the brand name as a pun of her own! Fauxgerty offers a range of beautiful vegan leather jackets in a range of color options, as well as some pretty amazing, motorcycle-ready hand-painted ones. Sweatshirts, tees and tanks are also available to round things out, featuring humorous graphics that reflect the inclusion of meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike, with Fogerty’s entire staff having a mix of dietary preferences. However, she does understand the overuse of animal products and enormous amount of animal product waste in our markets, she simply promotes “a more conscientious mindset,” choosing to create vegan-friendly apparel. She says, “You know the fashion industry has so much waste that we’re about supporting brands that keep things tighter whether or not you have an animal (rights) thing or not.” (Source)
One thing that makes Fauxgerty‘s vegan leather fabrics better than most on the market, is that they have close ties to their manufacturers to stay in line with their current initiatives to reduce waste. All pieces are designed in St. Louis, manufactured in New York City and Chicago by locally employed, talented seamstresses. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Fauxgerty says “We curate the fabrics we use. There are a lot of different products out there, and we want something that’s not just environmentally good, but that’s really a superior product and all the components are the same quality from the textile to the zippers and the lining.”
These beautiful hand painted pieces are done by artist Meg(an) Ebaugh-Faris. “Through the use of symbols, imagery and items from the everyday brain download, she lays down a conglomeration of whatnot. The main goal has been achieved when the smorgasbord makes sense to her. But, the real gratification comes when the viewer identifies with it as well. Score.” The imagery she uses on each jacket symbolizes anything from enlightenment, inner anxieties, the beauty that lies within chaos or spirituality and meditation.
What more do I need to say? I can haz all, please?? I really cannot choose a favorite!
Shop Fauxgerty jackets, tees, sweatshirts and tanks here!
Read more about this awesome brand at the St. Louis Post Dispatch here.