Calling all compassionate consumers! Anyone who views clothing as a form of personal expression must check out the lovely vegan boutique Cow Jones Industrials. The beautiful, eco-conscious store can be found both online and at its brick-and-mortar location two and half hours north of NYC in Chatham, NY. Despite its rural setting, the shop has garnered quite a buzz thanks to its amazing collection of genuine non-leather, vegan apparel and a powerful commitment to ethical clothing practices, focusing on the well-being of our planet, our animals, and our selves.
The shop, owned by long time-vegan Donna Oakes, showcases a spectrum of fashion-forward, trendy and classic pieces, many of which might otherwise be difficult to find vegan. From adorable vintage-inspired clutches and stylish, edgy footwear to flowing, feminine dresses and functional winter coats, Cow Jones boats an aesthetic that is both green and gorgeous. Many of Donna's products are made of recycled materials, and all of her items are manufactured with no harm to animals. Donna herself puts it best - “Adorning ourselves with eco and animal friendly products which have been ethically produced is a celebration of kindness. We want you to really love what you purchase - beautiful styles with beautiful intentions.”
With the rising awareness of sustainable and humane manufacturing and farming practices, it is inspiring to find a female-owned boutique that refuses to sacrifice eco- and animal-friendly values for stylish threads. Like many of us forward-thinking females, Donna's an ardent supporter of animal rights who passionately spreads the word about animal- and earth-friendly happenings. On her radar right now is acclaimed filmmaker Liz Marshall’s newest endeavor The Ghosts in Our Machine. This web and film project is an innovative undertaking focusing on the experience of animals used for human profit. You can find out more about The Ghosts in Our Machine, as well as how to get involved, here.
Of course, don’t just take our word for it – here are a couple of awesome new items you can find in Donna’s online shop right now. Aside from being sustainable and ethical, many of her products (including the two featured below), are produced in the U.S. by American companies. Below, check out this uniquely adorable magenta bootie by olsen Haus, perfect for the upcoming cooler months.
Another beauty is this versatile clutch by GUNAS, featuring a detachable chain strap - functional for running errands during the day and chic as a bold statement piece at night.
Cow Jones Industrials brings together beautifully intentioned, mindful clothing and strong convictions in a fun, creative way. The shop is a great resource for all those interested in thoughtful, ethical consumption that adds to the beauty and harmony of our planet, rather than taking away from it. In latest news, Donna is planning a trunk show with Cri de Couer, another awesome company featuring ethical footwear. The date is TBD, so keep your eyes peeled for it on Cow Jones Industrials’ website, or follow BUST on twitter to get updates!