This past weekend, the Seed Experience hosted it's annual expo at the Brooklyn Expo Center to promote a plant-based, cruelty-free vegan lifestyle. With countless vendors in attendance, we tasted lots of yummy vegan treats like DF Mavens dairy-free ice cream and Banza chickpea pasta. We also met countless vegan fashionistas from Adrienne Borgersen of LA Fashionista Compassionista to Joshua Katcher of The Discerning Brute and The Brave Gentleman. And our very own Veronique Lee spoke on a panel entitled 'Do You Know Where Your Clothes Came From? Why Veganism is Not Just a Diet But a Lifestyle.' with these two and Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of VauteCouture. The panel explored the importance of not just thinking about what we put in our body, but what we put on our body. It was beautifully concluded by Joshua Katcher reminding us that we are not just passive consumers but citizen investors who choose what to support with our dollars.
Borgersen covered this event in her latest online issue of LA Fashionista Compassionista, explaining that though the Seed is a vegan event it has something for everyone and aims to help "grow small businesses that have compassionate values." These businesses include Modavanti, a sustainable fashion retailer, and Gunas, a vegan handbag brand. As Veronique explains in LAFC's article, "Fashion is also an avenue for responsible choice. It's a natural evolution for people who are interested in the connection between food and the health of the planet to revel in the sustainable fashion choices they make and who are committed in their daily lives to positively affect the world."
The Summer 2015 issue of LA Fashionista Compassionista also has an exclusive interview with Sugandh Agrawal, founder of Gunas, who just won The Best Green Handbag Award - click through to read about her inspiration and journey as a designer and shop her collection below.