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Have you ever considered opening your own vegan shoe store?

A simple way to get started is to buy a franchise licence, which gives you the right to retail Vegan Wares products in your locality.  It’s simple and easy because:

  • you don’t need any particular technical expertise in footwear
  • you have instant access to a proven business model
  • the core merchandise is on tap
  • you’re not alone – we are available to  support you 6 (business) days a week.

The Vegan Wares franchise system aims to achieve a wider distribution of our products by establishing a network of dedicated vegan retail outlets.  There is an element of standardization, to maintain our message of ‘sustainability through durability’ and client recognition, but there is also ample scope for franchisees to vary what is on offer around the core merchandise, and personalize the presentation.

In essence, under our franchise system we provide most of the products, while you work at connecting with your local clientele.

If you are good at marketing and customer service this may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

Entry costs – an initial set-up fee; an annual license fee; investment in foundation stock.

Email us for more information with subject heading ‘VW Franchise’: veganw[at]veganwares.com

We’re excited to be taking part in the Fair@Square event for the first time! It will be held at Federation Square, Melbourne on November 30 & December 1.

It’s a free public festival held annually celebrating ethical, sustainable and morally responsible behaviour – in line with what Vegan Wares’ is all about.

Come along to the festival next weekend and make sure you drop by our stall where you will find cruelty-free, ethical and sustainable products such as: shoes, belts, brooches, FYE sneakers, wallets, purses, guitar straps and bags. Just in time for Christmas!

What a great time of year this is! There are so many cruelty free/vegan festivals occurring around Australia and the world.

Last Sunday was the Cruelty Free Festival in Sydney, with a wonderful array of vegan stalls, including ours. We had on display samples of our footwear made in our Melbourne shop, and for purchase we had bags, guitar straps, belts, wallets, purses, wrist bands (cuffs), brooches, our International collection of shoes, the For Your Earth sneakers, lip sticks and lip balms. It was an enjoyable day, thank you Sydney! Check out pics from our stall here.

Now we’re looking forward to World Vegan Day in Melbourne this Sunday, November 10, where we will also have a stall. We’ll be bringing a large range of products with us so hope to see you there!

We’ll also be at the Cruelty Free West expo in Caroline Springs on Saturday December 7. Organised by the Caroline Springs Animal Welfare Network, the expo is in it’s third year and going strong.

With the federal election coming up here in Australia we thought we’d do a short blog about the Animal Justice Party.

The AJP was formed a couple of years ago to be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves in Australian parliament. Their vision is:

    A planet on which animals are treated with respect, dignity, compassion and kindness, where they are able to flourish in their respective environments, and where their unique needs and capabilities are recognized and their interests are protected.

The Animal Justice Party seeks to restore the balance between humankind, the animal kingdom and the natural world. For more information on their policies and how they will achieve their goals to help the animals whether they are considered, wildlife, farmed or domesticated refer to heir website: www.animaljusticeparty.org

Pictured is Bruce Poon, lead candidate for the Senate in Victoria.

 

As Vegan Wares is one of the major sponsors of Dr Melanie Joy’s tour of Australia and New Zealand we’re excited about Dr Joy coming to our shores in a couple of weeks time. And if you’d like to  meet her we’re hosting a book signing opportunity at our Collingwood store, 11am on Monday August 19. Please come along! For more info see our press release below.

<MEDIA RELEASE> August 2, 2013

Longstanding Collingwood business Vegan Wares, makers of high-quality shoes, boots and accessories, is thrilled to be hosting a book signing event with Dr Melanie Joy, best selling author of “Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows”  at our store: 78 Smith Street, Collingwood, 11am on Monday August 19.

Dr Melanie Joy, a Harvard-educated psychologist, professor of psychology and sociology, is touring Australia and New Zealand this August giving presentations on carnism.

“Carnism is the invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals. Carnism is essentially the opposite of veganism; “carn” means “flesh” or “of the flesh” and “ism” denotes a belief system. Most people view eating animals as a given, rather than a choice; in meat-eating cultures around the world people typically don’t think about why they find the flesh of some animals disgusting and the flesh of other animals appetizing, or why they eat any animals at all…” www.carnism.org

Through her presentations Dr Joy has inspired change in individuals across the world towards compassionate living. Vegan Wares’ philosophy is very much in line with Dr Joy’s as we believe in the sanctity of life.  That is why we design and manufacture high-quality shoes, boots and accessories that are ecologically responsible and free from any animal products.

The team at Vegan Wares looks forward to seeing you at the book signing and we hope many more people start making compassionate choices motivated through attending Dr Joy’s presentations. Tickets for the presentations can be purchased from: www.janegoodall.org.au

By now you would know from a couple of our previous blogs that we do made-to-order shoes and boots. We can also do MTO bags to match your footwear!

We currently have the Pasadena bag in our range and are working on new designs for bags, which we’ll share with you at a later date. Though if you have a specific style of bag in mind feel free to send us a drawing or photo, or bring in a sample bag for one of our designers to see.

Pictured above is a recent customer order for a pair of MTO Edna (rowdy) shoes and a matching Pasadena bag in red and aubergine. You could do the same and pick your preferred colours!

Is dancing your thing? Need a pair of vegan shoes for dancing? Vegan Wares can do made-to-order shoes with our vegan suede called ‘sueda’ on the soles of most of our shoes.

Shoes with a sueda sole are great for dancing on many floor surfaces and for almost any type of dance. Like suede-soled shoes, the sueda-soled ones provide proper traction for dancing and can be used for Ballroom, Swing and Latin styles of dancing.

Below are some examples of shoes that can be made with a sueda sole. From left to right: Estelle Brogue (concept) in B&W, Nora Flamenco (9075) in red and Maude (bolen) in B&W.

MTO shoes for men and women made with a sueda sole can be ordered from Vegan Wares now. All you need to do is come into our store, select your preferred style, colour and get fitted for the proper size. We’ll do the rest!

Quote of the day: “Dancing is the poetry of the foot.”  ~ John Dryden, English poet (1631-1700)

Lately it’s been incredibly wet here in Australia’s south-east. And if you’ve been caught in the rain with non-waterproof shoes or shoes with worn out ‘holey’ soles you will likely be well acquainted with the discomfort of wet socks and feet. Ugh! We feel your pain!

In order to avoid soggy socks & feet in wet weather we have some suggestions for you:

Sole repairs

First, check your soles – if you’re sole is feeling soft or thin at any point or your heel is wearing thin it may be time for some repairs. We advise to repair your soles before a hole forms in order to prevent wet socks or any possible internal damage. You can get your shoe soles patched or replaced at our store in Collingwood.  Or if you’re interstate or overseas any local shoe repair store should be able to do the repairs.

Waterproofing footwear

Apply a product like Nikwax to your footwear for waterproofing. Nikwax is water-based so it’s enviro-friendly and it maintains the breathability of the shoe.

Tip of the Day: Do not place your wet shoes in front of a heater to dry, as this may affect the glues. This applies to all types of shoes. Let them dry at room temperature.

Lately we’ve been extremely busy making heaps of MTO boots and shoes for our lovely customers.

This winter down-under, we’ve had many orders for boots and we just want to remind you that not only can you choose different colours for your boots, but we can accommodate shapely calves or not so shapely legs. That way your boots will fit you perfectly.

If you’re considering getting quality custom-made boots come on in to our store, we’ll help you choose a style and colour, we’ll take your measurements then we’ll take it from there.

Currently it’s taking us about 4 weeks to complete MTOs because we are so busy, but it’s well worth the wait!

We’re excited to share with you the good news! The first batch of our eco & cruelty free footwear, made in our Vegan Wares-approved manufacturing plant in Chennai, India, has just arrived!

Aussie-designed, our International Collection includes casual boots for women and men, ladies’ ballet flats and walking shoes for men at budget prices. See the entire range here: veganwares.com/shop/shop/budget-footwear

Available online or from our Melbourne store at 78 Smith St, Collingwood. If you’re in Sydney, The Cruelty Free Shop, at 83 Glebe Point Road, Glebe is also a stockist of our International Collection.