LA Fashionista Compassionista is the first online magazine bringing you the fabulous world of cruelty-free fashion and beauty!
Founders Adrienne Borgersen and Lois Eastlund, an image consultant and fashion designer, respectively, started LAFC in 2014 when they recognized the need for a platform dedicated to vegan, cruelty-free fashion and beauty. They saw that while all of the major fashion magazines featured products made of fur, leather, wool, feathers, or silk, there is a growing demand for stylish and ethical alternatives. Our free online magazine is published quarterly and is made possible by a supportive community of writers, models, photographers, designers, and of course – our lovely readers!!
Psst… want to join our team? Check out our current opportunities!
LAFC was created with the modern woman in mind – proving that you don’t need to compromise on your values to look and feel fabulous!
Meet the Team!
Our Fabulous Founders:
Editor in Chief
In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of LAFC, Adrienne is a 25 year veteran of the music industry, an FIT certified Image Consultant and Vegan Lifestyle Coach & Educator (VLCE). She founded It Factor Image Consulting, where she works with a wide variety of people to develop their personal style and personal brand. She specializes in educating on the use and abuse of animals in the fashion industry, with the goal of encouraging people to make compassionate choices. Adrienne also enjoys volunteering her time and talents to human and animal rights causes.
Previously a long-time vegetarian, Adrienne became 100% vegan in 2008 after reading Skinny Bitch. She is committed to promoting cruelty-free fashion, beauty and every day products. LA Fashionista Compassionista magazine is a perfect extension of how she works with her clients, guiding them to look their best and feel their best, so they can take on the world!
Lois is a New York fashion designer, having been fascinated by fashion as a child and later graduating from NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology. Since then, Lois and her stylish line have appeared in outlets such as The New York Times, Women’s Wear Daily, New York Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, ElleGirl, and many more. She has also been featured in various online blogs, including Business Insider and Chic Vegan, and has made TV appearances on CBS News This Morning, Toni On! and WPIX.
Lois adopted a plant-based diet and lifestyle in 2011, after watching Forks Over Knives. However, her clothing line has always been 100% cruelty-free, sewn by hand with the utmost care and attention from cotton and cotton blends. Further reinforcing her commitment to compassion, Lois is a vocal advocate for animals, volunteering her time and donating to causes close to her heart.
This Issue’s Contributors:
The Relational Vegan
April Lang LCSW, SEP is a vegan psychotherapist, activist, and writer. She is in private practice in New York City.
Her new book "Animal Persuasion: A guide for ethical vegans and animal advocates in managing life’s emotional challenges" is available on Amazon.com now!
Katrina Fox is an award-winning journalist, media coach, content marketer and editor of the vegan business blog VeganBusinessMedia.com. She is the author of Vegan Ventures: Start and Grow an Ethical Business and has written extensively for niche and mainstream media for 17 years on animal advocacy and ethical business issues. Originally from the UK, she lives with her wife Tracie in Sydney, Australia. She loves glitter, disco and internet cat videos.
Beauty from the Inside Out
Sunny is a vegan chef and transformational lifestyle coach for women with demanding jobs and lives and who are striving to find balance between being healthy and happy. She is a certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, holds a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from eCornell, and a professional Culinary Certificate from the Institute of Culinary Education. Sunny is also is a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist through NASM as well as being a Certified Wine Educator and Specialist of Spirits through the Society of Wine Educators, and a holder of the DWS Diploma through the Wine and Spirits Education Trust
Feature Story: Mend RT
MendRT Vegan Boutique
Kat Mendenhall, Purveyor of Handmade Vegan Goods, is on a mission to mend the world through whole plant-based food and cruelty- free products. After establishing an online shop of non-leather cowboy boots and western wear, she recently opened the first all vegan boutique in Texas. At MendRT, vegan retail therapy for the home and body, Kat is proving that animals should not suffer for fashion.
The “Behind the Scenes” Team:
Web Designer & Developer
Linda is a freelance web designer hailing from sunny San Diego, CA. Her credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Management Science and a Specialized Certificate in Web Publishing from UC San Diego, and she continues to learn and expand her repertoire.
Making us look pretty online, Linda uses her creative and technical skills to help vegan and ethical businesses define their brand, develop their web presence, and reach more customers. A closet Pinterest fanatic, she also loves to cook (much to her husband’s content) and share mouthwatering vegan recipes on her food blog at VeganPetite.com.
James has been a graphic designer for over 20 years and owns Grape Cat, the online vegan clothing and accessories store (grapecat.com
). James started Doylestown Movie Fans, who meet once a month to see movies at the County Theater in Doylestown, PA. He and his wife, Chris, started Bucks County Vegan Supper Club in 2009, whose members meet once a month to have a vegan potluck dinner. They are currently working through the Veganomicon cookbook, which inspires experienced and recent vegans to try new recipes. James is proud to support Farm Sanctuary and The Surfrider Foundation.
Nell is a freelance copywriter and copyeditor based in New York City. Clients she’s been hired by include Condé Nast, McCann Worldgroup, The New York Times, MAC Cosmetics and the Ad Council, among others. She likewise works with small business owners, startups, entrepreneurs and authors, helping refine their messaging through language. In addition to proofreading and wordsmithing, she frequently collaborates with plant-based brands and cruelty-free companies (e.g., Jay Astafa Catering, Nicora Shoes), as well as animal rights nonprofits (e.g., Nonhuman Rights Project, Animals United Movement). From public relations, direct marketing and social media to VIP/influencer outreach and event production, Nell's elevated exposure for a number of reputable people, projects and platforms across industries. To learn more about her background, track her vegan ventures in NYC, or connect with her directly, visit nellalk.com, follow her on Instagram, or shoot her an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographer: Cover and Fashion Editorial
Steve is a Brooklyn, NY based photographer. When not shooting in the studio, you can find him on the red carpet on behalf of Getty Images.
Tiffany is a student at Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business studying marketing and global business. Her biggest passions are traveling, linguistics, and improving animal welfare. She is a dedicated vegan and a fervent advocate for animal rights. Tiffany considers it a great joy and honor to contribute to the movement that maximizes empathy and shows others that clothes can be fashionable and cruelty-free at the same time.
Graphic Design Intern
Dania began her college career pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine. Soon into it, she decided that her real passion was art design. She is now in her happy place as a graphic design student at York College in Queens, NY. She loves contributing to a magazine that supports animal welfare. Dania is also very interested in astrology and Adrienne tells her she may be the most chilled out, laid back Scorpio, ever.