Good news came to designer Lauren Nouchi in early 2018—retailer Bloomingda­le’s wanted a look at her fall line. The bad news? She hadn’t designed one. Nouchi, who founded vegan clothing brand Apparis (no animal-derived skins, dyes or glues) with cofounder Amélie Brick, hunkered down in her Paris apartment and designed 12 faux fur coats in bold shades of fuchsia and lavender. Bloomies bought 5,000 of the jackets, which retail for $215 to $495. With 600 other shops, including Saks and Intermix, on board she expects 2019’s sales to top $7 million. “The food industry saw a big movement, then it moved to beauty,” says Nouchi. “Vegan fashion will be the next thing.” —Susan Adams, Samantha Sharf, Michael Solomon, Kristin Tablang

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