EngieStyle 7th Annual Anniversary Celebration will honor Animal-Conscious Vaute Founder

On Tuesday, October 24 from 6 to 9 pm, soak up the breathtaking NYC skyline from the Rooftop Lounge at Lovage, 346 West 40th Street, as EngieStyle celebrates their seventh anniversary.  

With her Fashion Merchandising Management, B.S., and Graphic Communications Management and Technology, M.A., degrees in hand, Engie Hassan started her fashion styling business in 2010. Since then, Hassan has been fortunate to work with some of the business world’s top brands, like Teen Vogue, Jeep Compass, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Habitat for Humanity and MTV. Her work has graced the frames of celebrity clients, like Lady Gaga, Kanye West, Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom.

EngieStyle provides a plethora of gold-star services for their clients. Hassan and her team are a one-stop shop for everything from acting as your personal shopper or stylist to makeovers and wardrobe overhauls.

This year, EngieStyle will be honoring Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, the founder of Vaute Couture. A perfect marriage of “haute” and “vegan,” Vaute has been disrupting the fashion industry since 2008. Dubbed “the next Stella McCartney” by CNN, the Chicago native started her brand from scratch, with no knowledge of the fashion industry or outside investors in hand. Vaute was born out of a need that Hilgart wanted to fill. Her desire to serve the world at large centrifuged from her childhood love of animals and culminated in her ethical fashion brand.



In an interview with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Hilgart expressed that as a child she had a feeling that something was “not okay” about how the world treated animals.

“I’m from Chicago and people were wearing animals just to be warm,” Hilgart explained to PETA. “If I could create an alternative that was as warm or warmer, and beautiful, for winters then maybe people would learn they didn’t have to wear animals.”

Vegan fashion has experienced a sharp rise in popularity since Vaute hit the scene as the “world’s first vegan fashion brand.” Household brands like H&M, Forever 21, Payless, Old Navy and Steve Madden have started providing customers with vegan fashion offerings. Stella McCartney also offers many vegan options, although her company labels itself as fully vegetarian.

Vaute has been mentioned in Vogue, Nylon, Paper and Business Insider and is headquartered in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.



In honor of Hilgart’s achievements and her passion for animals, the charity raffle at the event will benefit the Hurricane Relief efforts of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

The ASPCA plays a pivotal role in providing and seeking protection for animals throughout the country. Headquartered in New York City, the privately funded not-for-profit group hosts many anti-cruelty missions. As of 2016, the ASPCA has saved over 11,000 animals and granted $14 million to animal welfare organizations.

The humane society is also very active after disastrous natural events. Although Hurricane Maria struck over a month ago, the group remains on the ground, as of October 19, in areas like St. Croix, helping animals at their emergency shelter and sending out volunteers to rescue other displaced animals.

This year’s host committee for the celebration is an all-star assemblage. On the committee are: Karolina Dehnhard, Alycia Adams, Melissa, Kassis, Sejal Lakhani, Resk ‘Que, Michelle Cagianese, Marcy Clark, Mona Sarafoglu, Brian Best, Oscar Caballero, Bouchra Ezzahraoui and Sarah Abdallah.

Tickets for EngieStyle’s Anniversary Celebration are on sale for $65. The ticket price includes a one-hour open bar.

If you’re interested in helping personally with the ASPCA’s Hurricane Relief, check out their donation page here.

About Kirsten Loose

Give me the smell of a thrift shop bookstore over a puff of Chanel No. 5; a cup of tea and a scone over a siren-painted, white paper cup; and, the four seasons in all their temperamental glory over a life of endless sunshine. I'm an East-coast girl from the suburbs of Philadelphia who can't decide which is better, the countryside or the cityscape.

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