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Exclusive: Vaute Couture Founder Calls Farm Sanctuary 'Most Beautiful Place on Earth'

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Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart, founder of Vaute Couture the fabulous vegan coat line, celebrated at the gala for the 25th anniversary of Farm Sanctuary last Saturday.

Her coats have been worn by celebrities like Emily Deschanel, Ally Sheedy, and Ginnifer Goodwin, as well as countless other admirers.

In addition to supporting the farm animal advocacy organization through her company, Leanne was also on the hosting committee helping to prepare for the fabulous evening.

Check out our interview with the vegan fashion queen below.

Ecorazzi: How did you get involved with Farm Sanctuary?

Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart: The first time I went to Farm Sanctuary I just, I knew it was the most beautiful place on earth. I just had such a great time with all the animals and I was starting my fashion label, vegan fashion label to create a winter coat that was warm enough for a real winter, a Chicago winter but was cruelty free and I knew that I wanted at the same time to work with a non profit that was along the same mission that I had. With all the rescued sheep they had from factory farming used for the fashion industry, I knew it was a perfect fit.

Ecorazzi: You did your first photo shoot for your coat line at Farm Sanctuary. How did that go?

Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart: Great! The sheep are insane! I mean, they just, they hold you. They hug you. They all come to hang out with you and it’s the most wonderful feeling to know that they’ve been rescued and they’re so happy where they are at.

Ecorazzi: Vaute Couture just finished its second winter season. How has it been received?

Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart: Yeah, the second winter season went great. You know, I’ve been really lucky. People have been so good to me and we’ve had some really great press on Oprah’s site to really show that cruelty free fashion can be fun and beautiful and not a sacrifice.

Ecorazzi: On your website there is an adorable dog featured in a lot of the photos. Can you tell me a bit about him?

Leanne Mai-Ly Hilgart: Yeah, his name is Whitman and he’s my rescue from Chicago Animal Care, which is where I had a college group when I was in school at DePaul University and I would go to the animal shelter three to five times a week, and I knew that when I was able to adopt I was going to go back and adopt. His name is Whitman and he looked like a little poet when I saw him at the shelter. I brought him home, brought him to New York and he loves it. It’s great.

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