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Talk Vegan To Me Clothing represents a new and innovative movement in the order of fashion— with a focus on maintaining its presence as a 100% ethically owned Calgary-based vegan streetwear clothing label, making sustainability fashionable. Fueled by a passion and love for veganism, Talk Vegan To Me Clothing believes that fashion is one of the most powerful vessels to spark conversations, ideas, and movements. 

Our eco-conscious brand is committed to spreading awareness and raising consciousness around the choices we make every day from what we eat, to what we wear, and how we treat animals. Talk Vegan To Me Clothing aims to pave the way for a new era in the textile industry by offering high-quality products made from organically grown and ethically made materials, creating a positive impact on the people and the planet.

Where it all started…

The Talk Vegan To Me Story

While planning Calgary’s first VegFest in 2016, three we-can-change-the-world vegans chatted over a bottle of wine (or two) asking each other what else they could do to educate more people about their love of veganism. Once the wine settled and the effects started taking over, the three passionate vegans came up with the idea to design pro-vegan graphic tees and even came up with a unique, catchy brand name— Talk Vegan To Me. 

Although the company started with the sole purpose to share a love for veganism, it soon became apparent that they needed to do their part to educate themselves and raise awareness for marginalized communities and the social injustices still happening in the world today. Now offering over 10 designs with a wide range of clothing styles, $1 from each purchase is donated to two Alberta farmed animal rescues: The Alice Sanctuary and Robin’s Refuge where animals are provided with love and healing in a forever home.

It is important to the Talk Vegan To Me Clothing brand work with manufacturers who share the same values of promoting a kind and just world. All of the clothing is locally made in Calgary, AB in Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified factories that are dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education. Talk Vegan To Me wishes to bring you effortless style, comfort, and quality while maintaining the core belief of using organic, plant-based materials wherever possible from the clothing to the packaging.

Talk Vegan To Me Take-Two...

Vegan folk will think of it as karma, serendipitous, or plain old fashion “meant to be”. Serial entrepreneurs Sarah Hawco and Kent Peters had a regular habit of stepping out of their corporate offices once or twice a week to seek sustenance and do a deep dive and recognition on current and upcoming opportunities that inspired them.

This process included weekly outings to restaurants, and it quickly became apparent that most places and people are not properly educated about veganism. The stepping out to new restaurants thing, as any vegan will tell you is a complete crapshoot. Explaining, arranging, and getting something to eat can be as difficult as programming a home nuclear reactor.

Thankfully, karma introduced Andrea into Sarah’s life and she quickly became Sarah’s go-to server who understood the vegan culture and had a true passion for the lifestyle. Andrea was not only a vegan who made Sarah’s lunch life dreamy and delectable, she was also a proprietor of a small online vegan clothing store as well as an organizer of Calgary’s VegFest, a welcoming space for celebration and education about all things vegan. 

Andrea wished to pursue other life opportunities while easing her current workload managing a vegan clothing company, VegFest, and other interests. However, she wanted to find a safe home for her unique little vegan clothing company with trusted individuals who were just as passionate about veganism as she was. And voila! Opportunity met renowned entrepreneurs Sarah Hawco and Kent Peters who brought on board a wicked fitness guru Peter Estabrooks. Together they combine their passion for veganism and entrepreneurial superpowers to help spread awareness about animal cruelty and the vegan lifestyle while offering fashion-forward, sustainable apparel. Welcome to TVTM take two.

Saving Animals Has Never Looked Better

The animals are at the heart of what we do. That is why $1 from every item purchased goes towards two Alberta farmed animal rescues: The Alice Sanctuary and Robin's Refuge. These sanctuaries provide love, healing, and forever homes to over one hundred animals including horses, dogs, cats, and more. 

We have proudly donated over $3000 to local animal sanctuaries providing animals with a safe home. Only together can we save those who have been neglected or abused, those who need a voice, and those who just need some extra love.

Meet The TVTM Team

Talk Vegan To Me Clothing is supported by a strong team of local Calgarians who are passionate about veganism. With their combined entrepreneurial experiences, the TVTM team aims to spread awareness about animal cruelty and the benefits of switching to a vegan lifestyle through fun, cheeky, sustainable, locally made clothing. With these timeless, classic, ethically made pieces, TVTM aims to spread an ethical, cruelty-free movement in a unique, fashionable way.

Sarah Hawco: Sarah’s initial entry point into veganism started more than twenty-five years ago after watching a documentary on the dog meat industry in Asia. Traumatized, she immediately went vegetarian, as at that time was unaware of the harmful practices involved in the dairy and egg industries. She was an ethical vegetarian but not educated at all in nutrition leaning more towards the junk food diet rather than whole foods. After twelve years she succumbed to primarily family and relationship pressures, abandoning her values and herself, and began consuming animal products again. Thankfully, over six years ago she committed to be true to herself and align her actions with her values to go fully vegan, for the animals, for the environment, and her health. Not only is her whole family vegan, kids and dogs included, Sarah is committed and passionate about spreading the message of veganism through community and TVTM.

Pete Estabrooks: Pete stumbled selfishly into a vegan lifestyle. A happy coincidence of training (painfully) for an Ultramarathon and reading Eat Run Scott Jurek’s autobiography that advocated plant-based eating as a defense against running injuries. Almost instantaneously dropping any and all animal products from his diet, Pete ran his fastest Ultramarathon ever. He was instantly converted to the vegan lifestyle, never looking back. In the ensuing years recognizing the irreconcilable environmental damage caused by animal agriculture and the equally irreconcilable suffering and carnage related to breeding sentient animals for no other purpose than to kill and eat them, Pete began to advocate plant-based living for its benefits both body and soul. His passions led him to the opportunity of being involved with Talk Vegan To Me to help spread awareness about animal cruelty and the amazing health benefits of switching to veganism.

Kent Peters: Kent is the Co-Founder of Hawco Peters and Associates, a business and financial advisory firm focusing on sell-side M&A, corporate turnarounds, business refinances, and sourcing capital. Kent has over twenty years of banking and finance experience, primarily focused on commercial credit risk. In addition to his previous role at RBC as Director of Commercial Credit and Special Loans across the Prairies, Kent managed RBC’s Agricultural Credit Risk division for all of Canada. Kent has an MBA from the University of Guelph, an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Management through Athabasca University, and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba. After retiring from RBC in 2013, Kent continued to consult in the banking and restructuring industry, assisting companies in their recovery and growth efforts. In addition to his professional life, Kent owns and assists in the operations of his farm in Manitoba. Kent is “vegan-curious” and is slowly discovering the ways of the vegan lifestyle. He is dipping his toe in if you will. Kent brings a wealth of entrepreneurial experience that will be valued to help spread awareness about vegan culture and introduce the TVTM brand to new communities.

Roshan Chander: With a passion for the mental, spiritual, and physical discipline of Yoga, Roshan left the corporate world in 2018 to follow his drive to help others to heal. Focusing on his own personal development and physical health, Roshan fully transitioned into a Vegan diet. At first, this change was for optimal health but with his understanding of the interconnectedness of all sentient beings; the change became based on compassion. He considers himself a "Born Again Vegan.” Roshan's self-development business mission is to guide his clients to the understanding of the unlimited potential we all hold within us. With that potential, we all have the ability to ease our own and all beings' suffering

What Our Talk Vegan To Me Community Is Saying

Talk Vegan To Me community members share our vision to spread awareness about veganism and encourage the use of ethically, locally, and sustainably produced apparel that does not cause harm to our planet or any inhabitants. We all must work together to contribute to the wellness of the world we all share. Thank you for taking a moment to read through what our amazing community members are saying about TVTM and how they are spreading awareness of veganism by representing our brand.

Ethical, Vegan Friendly, And Canadian Made Apparel

100% Canadian and sweatshop-free, Talk Vegan To Me Clothing is proud to continuously offer authentic Canadian-made apparel that brings you effortless style, comfort, and quality. We not only want you to feel confident in your new sustainable apparel, but we also want you to feel confident knowing your item was ethically and locally manufactured.

We work with Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified manufacturers that promote safe, lawful, and humane manufacturing environments for workers. It is important to us that we work with these manufacturers that align with our values of promoting a kind and just world while limiting our environmental impact.

Vegan Streetwear Minus The Sweatshop

Talk Vegan To Me Clothing represents a way of engaging with local communities, raising awareness, and spreading an ethical, cruelty-free movement while spreading plant-based vibes. Driving positive environmental impact is at the heart of our label, with every piece being made using only natural, organic, and luxurious fibers. Veganism is our passion and we want to share that passion through our clothing line in a cheeky, non-judgemental way with a touch of humour.

Using our clothing as a message, we hope to inspire you to plant seeds, provoke thoughts, conversations, and ideas that get spread locally just by wearing our apparel. Be a part of the movement, spark a conversation, and support local animal sanctuaries by repping Talk Vegan To Me Clothing apparel. You can view our collections that offer a range of t-shirts, hoodies, hats, tanks, and more here.

The Talk Vegan To Me Difference

The Talk Vegan To Me Difference

We can all do our part to create a clean, healthy planet. From buying locally made apparel that is eco-friendly, vegan, ethical, and sustainable to sharing information through conversation that contributes to increased awareness and knowledge about vegan culture. 

Talk Vegan To Me Clothing wants to facilitate the conversation by offering clothing apparel that is designed with the well-being of our planet kept in mind. We wish to give back to the animals as much as we can and in doing so encourage our local communities to support ethical fashion. Explore our site, shop online, and reach out to us through our contact form with any questions or comments. We would love to hear from you.

Join Our Vegan-Conscious Community

At Talk Vegan To Me Clothing, we believe it is our responsibility to take into consideration the welfare of our planet in the development of each of our products. We are committed to sustainability and source only the most innovative, animal and earth-friendly materials we can find.

With ethically made, cheeky clothing designs, Talk Vegan To Me Clothing is creating a community of consumers who are passionate about veganism and who wish to be socially conscious about what they wear and how it impacts the environment.

We invite you to explore our site, shop online, and reach out to us through our contact form with any questions or comments.

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