Wow, it feels great to be back!
Hi, my name is Eddie Garza, and I’m a proud vegan Texan and sustainable lifestyle expert. I recently returned to Dallas from New York City’s Upper East Side. Well, far Upper East Side. Okay, Spanish Harlem. You can check out my full bio on our Contributors Page, and I look forward to lending my voice the stylish conversation here at DFW Style Daily.
Over the past few weeks, many friends have asked, “Do you miss New York?” Sure. Some things, like late-night vegan pizza delivery, I’ve yet to find back here in Big D. Not to mention, jumping in a cab to buy a pair of ethically-sourced vegan loafers on a whim. But, I still have to say, there’s no place like home.
And speaking of great vegan food and fashion finds, I couldn’t have planned my homecoming any better. Dallas’ annual Texas Veggie Fair (pictured above) is right around the corner. Come October 20th, Reverchon Park will host an über-fun festival of fair foods, live music (hey, Ms. Badu!), carnival games, a beer garden, and many ethical and sustainable vendors.
So, aside from stuffing your face with fried vegan funnel cake, I’ve compiled the following handy list of the top five things you shouldn’t miss at this year’s Texas Veggie Fair:
1. Herbivore Clothing
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Herbivore Clothing is an all-vegan boutique offering a wide assortment of original tees, tanks, hoodies, accessories, and home goods for the ethically stylish. I love Herbivore’s organic cotton and hemp Good Luck Elephant tee, featuring a henna-style graphic. The elephant raising her trunk is a symbol of good luck.
2. Christy Robinson Designs
Dallas-based jewelry designer Christy Robinson crafts her wearable art with Earth-friendly recycled metals such as aluminum, copper, and sterling silver. From cute bunnies and piglets to mini goats, Robinson’s diverse collection of earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are perfect for any jewelry and animal lover. My top pick is the In My Heart necklace, a special collaboration with Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of VauteCouture.
Founded in Dallas in 2012, EcoArmoire is an eco-friendly clothing company offering custom-made wedding attire, women’s apparel, and a full line for babies and toddlers. Just look at these cute kids’ ties. Adorbs!
4. Hanuman SouthWest
Hanuman SouthWest yoga clothing is “inspired by the beauty of our natural world.” The company utilizes natural cotton and modal fibers, made by spinning the reconstituted cellulose of beech trees, for the fashion- and eco-conscious yogini. I’ll be looking out for Hanuman’s Giraffe Neck Wrap (above, left), a long, lightweight scarf cardigan made from a blend of cotton and recycled plastic bottles.
5. Chad Byers
And finally, because the body you put into all these compassionate clothes matters too, I’d like to introduce you to Chad Byers. A former physical education teacher, he’s certified in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University and the T. Colin Campbell Foundation. Byers is also the founder of Beyond Fit, Texas’s premier plant-based fitness center, as well as a member of the vegan body building team PlantBuilt. Catch this new fitness guru at the fair at 11 a.m. as he talks about the health benefits of plant-based eating and body-building.
For more information on this exciting festival, visit TexasVeggieFair.com. Texas Veggie Fair 2012 image, credit Sylvia Elzafon Photography. Additional images via individual retailers.