|International Vegetarian Union (IVU)|
A Spotlight on Vegan Companies and Businesses
throughout the United States and a few beyond - updated May 2006
by M. 'Butterflies' Katz
co-author of Incredibly Delicious; Recipes for a New Paradigm
by Gentle World www.gentleworld.org
Vegan Virtual Shopping Sites based in the UK:
Bourgeois Boheme a hip on-line boutique offering approximately 300 products for both men and women. They proudly sell ONLY vegan products.
Products include: Footwear for all occasions, Boots, Bags, Purses and Wallets, Scarves/Hat/Gloves, Toiletries and Cosmetics, Jewelry, Mobile / Ipod muffs and gift certificates.
"Our entire cosmetic and most of our toiletry range is BUAV (British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) certified (they are approved under the Humane Cosmetics Standard (HCS)) and we are very shortly only to stock BUAV certified products as our commitment to end animal testing for beauty products" says the the company owners.
This company, that has been in business since May 2005, has two 2 employees and both are vegan; Alicia, vegetarian for 13 years, and vegan for 18 months and Van, vegetarian for 4 years, and vegan for 18 months.
Alicia Lai & Van Tran, husband and wife team, decided to set up the company due to their frustration of not finding stylish vegan fashion. "It took 13 years, far too long, but I felt hypocritical making a stand against animal cruelty whilst eating that slice of triple chocolate truffle cake! We want to educate consumers that their conscious choice of an ethical product will benefit not only themselves, but animals and the environment as a whole. We believe in nonviolence in all that we do: our words, actions and thoughts, and in being kind and giving respect to all living beings. Bourgeois Boheme was born in response to wanting to fulfill this philosophy and marrying this with a cruelty-free lifestyle; where style and fashion need not be sacrificed. Bourgeois Boheme is a celebration of life!"