GUNAS Shopping Party! by Tiffany Negrea

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On Wednesday, July 27th, vegans in the NYC area gathered at Bene Rialto, a boutique in midtown Manhattan for a shopping party hosted by GUNAS. If you aren’t familiar with this brand, you should definitely check it out! Not only are all of the chic bags ethically crafted, but GUNAS is making history as the first American designer brand of fully vegan handbags. The bags were showcased with a backdrop of delicious snacks from Beyond Sushi, vegan macaroons from Sweet Maresa, and vegan wines galore, from believe it or not, Trader Joe’s.

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Yummy snacks from Beyond Sushi and Sweet Maresa
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Gorgeous bags on display and goodie bags for everyone!


The event was an evening of mingling and admiring the beautiful handbags and shoes on display throughout the store. That’s right, we said SHOES! Gunas is now previewing their new line of adorable and super comfy flats!

Cute & comfy new Gunas shoes!
Sugandh Agrawal and her new shoes
Sugandh Agrawal and her new shoes





The lucky attendees received a 20% off discount on all handbags and left with a goodie bag filled with cruelty free beauty products from Whole Clarity and Armour. Be sure to check these vegan brands out as well. The best part? All proceeds from tickets were donated to Catskill Animal Sanctuary!

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LAFC Editor in Chief Adrienne Borgersen with Sugandh
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Adrienne with Gunas Model and LAFC contributor Juliane Casey
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Hey, that’s me, with Adrienne!
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Goodie Bag!









We’ve loved GUNAS, and the genius designer behind it all, Sugandh Agrawal, from the beginning. You might remember seeing Sugandh on the cover of the Summer 2015 issue. If you haven’t you can go back to the archives and read her informative interview. It’s amazing to see fellow vegan businesses within the fashion industry succeed, spreading the message that style definitely does not have to fund animal cruelty! If this looks like an event you wish you had gone to, subscribe to La Fashionista Compashionista Magazine for free. Follow us on our social media platforms as we’re always posting about events in the area and fabulous vegan brands.