Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture Inc. talks about making something personal into a business

Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart is a woman on a mission! She listened to her heart and it has lead her down an exciting path of vegan fashion. You read that right! Teen Vogue put it this way, “When Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, founder of Vaute Couture, set out to create her own line of coats, the former model and MBA student certainly had her work cut out for her. She wanted a line of coats that was chic, flattering and lightweight but warm enough for even the most freezing temperatures and she wanted them to be made solely from vegan, eco-conscious materials and produced ethically in her hometown. Now that’s a tall order to fill! But fill it she does.”  This girl can tackle anything in her path. You can hear her clear minded vision and work ethic in this interview, I was impressed! Listen in! If you needed a spark today Leanne will light a fire under you to help you realize  that ANYTHING is possible. If you want to understand the myths about vegan fashion even further, you can read this article from Oprah.com about Leanne’s work.

 photo credits: Liam Alexander and Bridget Laudien

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  • Thank you for starting this line, as a house rabbit owner it’s a relief to see someone like Leanne start a compassionate fashion line.

    Suzanne U.

  • Great interview Monica! Congratulations to Leanne, your coats look wonderful!

    • Monica Lee

      Thanks so much, Cathy! The coats are pretty, aren’t they?

  • Aw, thanks Suzanne and Cathy! That means a lot to me. And thanks Monica for sitting down with me, you’re such a sweetheart!! xoxo

  • Carol Kinder

    I loved seeing this interview. I knew that “little girl” with a vision and couldn’t be happier to see her succeed. I own two Vaute Couture coats (so far), and they are warm, light and fashionable.
    Leanne has also raised my awareness about animals which has made me “think” before I buy. She is an amazing teacher as well as the most creative, kind, delightful person!!

    • oh fabulous!! It is great to get behind someone, support them and watch them succeed, isn’t it? !

  • Hello Monica
    You interviews are becoming the highlight of my week and my favourite down time. I’m waaaaay down here in New Zealand running a creative business on my lonesome and I cant tell you how great it is to have access to the voices of these inspirational women. Thank you!
    Much love
    Sarina x

  • Monica Lee

    Sarina, You just made my Friday completely perfect! I love that you are far away physically but not in spirit!

  • Kaitlin

    Such a great interview! I’m a fashion student and a vegan, so finding out about her coats was so exciting! 🙂 Everyone is always asking where I got my coat! Love it.

  • Fantastic interview!! Whoa those coats are so lovely!! Great work!!