Danielle Konya started Vegan Treats bakery -- a mecca of mouth-watering cakes, pies, cookies, and approximately 1 billion other unfathomably heavenly eats -- in 1998, but she recognized the beauty of cruelty-free food long before that.
"When I was about 10 years old, my mom and I went to a pig roast, where I witnessed with my animal-loving eyes, a sweet, perfect, now dead, pig, laid out for everyone to 'enjoy,'" she recalled. "In that moment, I made the connection that no animal should die for my pleasure, and that’s where my compassionate life began."
As a baker, Danielle not only uses her shop in Bethlehem, Penn. to spread the word that beyond-tasty pastries needn't require animal suffering, she also ships the treats to other eateries across the country. Vegan Treats has been featured in such prestigious publications as The New York Times, Veg News and Time Out New York. "What I love most about baking Vegan Treats is that our treats are a magic wand for seducing people into thinking with their fork," Danielle said. "By making incredible desserts, I know that I am enlightening people to another way of life and that’s an incredible feeling."
And this food expert also happens to have incredible style. "I would describe it as sophisticated, urban, with al title bit of a gothic edge," Danielle said of her look. Read on to feed your fashion addiction with some of her best tips.
My Stella McCartney Noemi Jungle Print Tote is definitely my favorite piece -- obviously because Stella McCartney is amazing, but most of all because my mom bought it for me. Africa is my favorite place on Earth, and this bag is made in partnership with the United Nations’ International Trade Centre, providing work to disadvantaged communities in Kenya.
Most frequently it ends up being an amazing pair of Celine sunglasses, but I never know what I’ll end up coming home with when I leave for a shopping adventure.
I live in rural Pennsylvania, so my best sources for fashion are the major department stores, where I get the chance to see the latest lines from my favorite designers. When I’m in New York, I can spend hours at AllSaints Spitalfields, and days walking up and down the streets of the Lower East Side and Soho.
Best tips for someone looking to veganize her (or his!) wardrobe:
It’s really easy. People, unfortunately, tend to ignore the use of leather for shoes, or wool in their coats. [With] a little research and some thoughtful shopping and you can find cool, fashionable alternatives. I can’t think about veganizing a closet without mentioning Vaute Couture. I hate the use of faux fur as much as I hate the use of fur. Donate your wool and down coats, check out her line and invest in one of their jackets. Hint-hint, check out their website to scoop up some great deals at the beginning of the season. The Brave Gentleman is a great choice for the men out there. Joshua Katcher, the designer and owner, is probably the most fashionable person I’ve ever met.