11 November 2011

16th Annual Boston Vegetarian Food Festival - The Merchandise

Hey everyone - this is Part 2 of the Boston Vegetarian Food Festival coverage. During this part we'll talk about a few of the cool vendors! (Read Part 1 here.)

The lovely people at Herbivore Clothing were SUPER nice and I loved their t-shirt and sticker designs. They came all the way out from Portland, Oregon, to participate in the festival and I believe they were well received. I personally bought a cow hugger shirt and snagged a sticker. They sell all kinds of stuff on their website from shirts to belts to body care to art. As soon as I saw the "Only Kale Can Save Us Now" design I was pretty much sold on these guys.

Among all the great artist's booths I really loved Compassion Company. Their booth featured prints - like the cute veggie one pictured here - as well as buttons, stickers and t-shirts. Here is why they're great - the company is vegan owned and operated. Their t-shirts are U.S. made. The t-shirts are made in South Carolina using recycled cotton and water based inks. Their hand-drawn designs are screen printed by the vegan print professionals at Leave Your Mark Screen Print Shop in Florida. Buy a t-shirt and 5% of your purchase will go towards the organization Compassion Company is currently sponsoring. The organization changes every 3 months and at the moment it's the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. If you like tattoo inspired curly script you'll love their style of design.

Pansy Maiden is a company I came across on the internet through other vegan blogs a few months back and as soon as I saw this cute little clutch sitting on the table I knew immediately what I was looking at without having to look for the company's name. Unbeknownst to me, Pansy Maiden is a Boston company. Their mission - "to create attractive, sustainable, cruelty-free bags in a socially responsible manner" - is one us ladies should all get behind. Sure there are vegan handbags at Target - but these bags are not only going to be durable and attractive but they are specifically vegan and handmade, not just accidentally vegan. Be sure to check out their satchels. I want one so bad!

Sudo Shoes was a company I wasn't familiar with before the fest but quickly became interested in. Another Boston local that seems to be just making their internet debut. Their website is still in "Coming Soon" phase but judging from their Facebook it seems like they are selling brands like Vegetarian Shoes, Neuarua Madden, Jambu, Di Romeo, Vivobarefoot, Montrail, Olsenhaus, Bogs, MacBeth, Brave Gentle Man, Wanted and Marais. These guys offer a WIDE array of choices. Anyone know when I can start boot shopping online here? I would love more info.

And while I'm sure most all of us are familiar with LUSH by now - if not check them out - I just love how outlandishly decorative some of their soaps and body products look. Their vegan products are clearly marked with a big V and they offer a wide variety of body care such as soaps (I love the Sexy Peel one), shampoo bars, deodorant bars, face washes and even vegan perfumes.

There were lots more great vendors - for a full list go to the Boston Veg Fest website.

Lacey Walker | @quinoaween
Lacey is a food photographing, French speaking, English teaching, travel enthusiast. She's been known to cut a rug. She's also been known to spend all day in bed eating vegan waffles and talking to her cat Hibou. Follow Lacey on her blog and Flickr.

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