Our story

The Vegan Women Collective was originally founded by three entrepreneurs that saw the need for an empowering community by and for vegan women in Melbourne, Australia. Our first event was a huge success, held at now closed but fondly remembered restaurant Billy and Lucy in Fitzroy where we quickly ran out of room for all the attendees who came along. Over the moon, we knew we were on to something and such a group was really wanted and needed in Melbourne.

However, as life goes and entrepreneurship journeys evolve, 2 of the original founders decided to concentrate on their other projects while the sole remaining founder, Rachel Lamarche, decided to continue what she believes is important and needed work within the vegan community.

In addition to panels, networking events and workshops, the Vegan Women Collective also releases a fortnightly podcast where Rachel interviews vegan entrepreneurs, activists, politicians or medical professionals that happen to be women or women identifying.

About Rachel Lamarche

In addition to planning the events and hosting the Vegan Women Collective podcast, Rachel Lamarche is studying the relationship between sustainability, veganism and fashion as a Higher Degree by Research (PhD) student at RMIT University. She is passionate about fibres and textile innovations and has a Degree in Fashion Business (Montreal, Canada) and a Master’s in Arts management (Melbourne). She briefly worked at luxury fashion house Stella McCartney in New York and Paris before moving to Australia in 2013. She is working on her own eponymous label of durable, ethical and vegan office wear and accessories for women.

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