Gracia Maria Clothing



Palm Beach, FL – Palm Beach-based designer Gracia Maria today revealed the fully re-imagined,consciously-created, cruelty-free adaptation of her eponymously named fashion and lifestyle brand, Gracia Maria. The all-vegan brand of handcrafted indie-chic footwear; custom created multi-use mandala tapestry; and hand embroidered bags are available online now at, and

Gracia Maria was first established in 2014 as a brand inspired from a lifetime of travels and a coastal bohemian lifestyle. Although even then, Gracia was dedicated to sourcing recycled leathers and consciously sourced materials, her respect and appreciation for all living creatures inspired her to rebuild her brand to offer solely vegan designer wear and lifestyle products.

Gracia Maria Clothing

“I believe that until we expand our compassion and respect for all living creatures we will not live in harmony or find peace”

Gracia Maria

garcia-maria-logoThe new Gracia Maria line of cruelty-free footwear features a collection of gladiators, flats, boots, and sandals, all within a neutral, earth tone color palette with rich, colorful accents, such as tassels, beading, pom poms and fringe.  The entire line was created with materials of recycled leather, jute, durable threads, and jean.  Upon each pair of shoes, one of several spiritual mantras, such as the Om Shanti, which is the mantra meaning peace for all human kind, can be found inscribed on the soul. For every pair of shoes purchased, Gracia will donate a percentage of proceeds to the Animal Recover Mission (ARM), a non-profit investigative organization dedicated to eliminating severe animal cruelty operations worldwide. Every pair of shoe purchased will also be accompanied by a handwritten note from Gracia explaining the meaning of that mantra, as well her expression of gratitude for the compassionate, humanitarian decision made for purchasing a vegan product and for the donation it has made to the welfare of animals.

gracia-maria-2In addition to its fundamental offerings of fashion-forward footwear, Gracia Maria has expanded, for the first time featuring a full line of vegan lifestyle products, including handcrafted bags, women’s spiritual Mantra cotton tees, and herown customized version of the mandala tapestry, the Wanderer Rag.

Gracia’s eclectic line of handbags are made with a variety of materials and finishes, bringing together wool, rope, jute, recycled leather, coins, and mirrors, to create an innovative collection- from a pom-pom fringed beach basket, to a weekend traveler, to a selection of clutches and everyday bag-  each  also embroidered with a spiritual mantra.

Gracia’s custom-created, versatile Wanderer Rags were designed to provide warmth, comfort and cover for a variety of life’s colorful experiences.  Made with terry fabric on one side and sarong on the other, the ultra-lightweight traveling tapestries come in round or square, in double or personal size, and in a variety of colorful prints and patterns.  Each Wanderer Rag also comes embroidered with the brand’s signature spiritual mantra.

Gracia Maria also works in partnership with the Santa Monica Women’s Prison in Peru, providing the prison’s female inmates the opportunity to earn a wage for production support, which in turn can be used to finance their own line of shoes to then sell to the public, thereby increasing support to their children and families.

About Gracia Maria

Gracia was born in Lima, Peru into a family of fashion moguls. Her grandfather was a shoemaker and owner of one of the largest tanneries in Peru and her mother was the editor of a high-end fashion magazine. Gracia herself entered the industry at an early age when, at just 16, she started traveling the world as a fashion model, gathering experiences along the way that inspired her creative desires and influenced her design aesthetic. She moved to Palm Beach in 2002, where she resides today with her muse, young son, Thomasito. After a year of planning, designing and building up a team of craftsman and industry experts, Gracia returned to Peru in 2014 to open her workshop and create the cruelty-free fashion and lifestyle brand that exists today as Gracia Maria, which is supported in Peru by design partner Mercedes Salem, whose 10+ years in South America’s high fashion scene ensures the Gracia Mariabrand continues to gain exposure among key industry influencers- both internationally and domestically. Learn more at or follower her footsteps at #walkwithgrace.

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Hurricane Matthew aftermath at ARM Sanctuary


On October 6th, 2016, Hurricane Matthew began to plot its course of destruction up the entire coast of Florida – which also calls home to ARMs newly developed animal sanctuary. Matthew was quickly titled as the worst hurricane threat in eleven years and targeted not only the majority of Florida, but left a deadly mark on the Bahamas, Haiti and Cuba before it pummeled towards the U.S at unrelenting speeds. Whilst the hurricane hovered right above the sanctuary, evacuations were being enforced just 5 miles east of the location. As a result, winds of over 90 mph and heavy downpours destroyed many of the structures that are used daily by ARM, and the animals. Large trees fell down on the fence lines, electrical wires were severed and debris piled up over the property.

Thankfully all of the rescue animals, who are permanent residents of the Sanctuary, remained safe and sound throughout the harrowing experience. Being that the sanctuary has only recently been acquired and is a work in progress, the property took some devastating hits.
Power and water have still not been restored due to the severe damage.

ARM’s staff and dedicated volunteers have been working around the clock to get the sanctuary up and running again. ARM is asking for your kind and generous donations at this time and whilst there are so many who have been hit as bad, or worse, needing assistance .

ARM will need to hire contractors to aid in rebuilding our shelters as well as purchase replacement buildings. Additional items that ARM requires donation or contributions towards, if you are able to help include;

* Industrial size generator of 100 amps if available (capable of pumping water to animal pastures and shelters)
* Stihl chainsaws (2)
* Fencing and roofing materials
* Sand and landfill to replace erosion from water surges,

If you would like to make a donation, you can mail in to ARM at PO BOX 403344, Miami Beach, Florida 33140 or go directly to the contribute link to the top right hand side of this page, and leave a detailed note in the memo line what you desire your contribution to be directed towards.

As a 501 (c)(3) ARM will provide you with a tax certificate also. If you have any questions or require updates, please contact Rachel Taylor at

Thank you for your support at this time and we hope all the best and safety for those who are also being struck by Hurricane Matthew.

Photos from Hurricane Matthew


Green Festival Expo

Green Festival Expo – Los Angeles.

This year, ARM returned to Los Angeles as a panelist of the Green Festival Expo. In existence for 15 years as the largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event, this was the inaugural gathering of some of the leading animal advocates who joined forces to present an Animal Defenders Panel at the Expo. The aim, to utilize the established and powerful platform of innovative thinkers and highlight the connection between living a more ‘green’ lifestyle and its correlation between making more compassionate and humane choices regarding animals who co exist with us.

Over three days, thousands of attendees swarmed the Los Angeles convention centre and on Saturday, came to hear the panelists who included; Jane Velez-Mitchell (Jane Unchained), Alison Eastwood (Eastwood Ranch Foundation / Director), Simone Reyes (renown animal advocate & VP of communications for Russell Simmons), Katie Cleary (World Animal News/Peace for Animals), Shaun Monson (Earthlings, Unity), Donna Dennison (Activist & ‘That Snarky Girl’), Rachel Taylor (animal cruelty investigator – Animal Recovery Mission) and Corinna Basler (president of Green Festivals). Amongst the seasoned panelist, a rising animal advocate who is quickly being recognized as the future voice of animals, Joseph Moreno, made a surprise guest appearance. Musician and well known vegan activist, Moby, was also at attendance at the festival along with ‘Conspiracy’s Kip Anderson.

Due to the success and attendance to the Animal Defenders Panel, the Green Festivals will now be incorporating this panel into all of the events which are hosted throughout the major cities of the United States. This is an incredible opportunity for both animal advocates voices to be heard and for society to become educated on the importance of leading a vegan lifestyle and how it also benefits the planet as well as ourselves and the animals.

ARM looks forward to being a part of these educational and inspiring festivals in the future. To learn more about these amazing festivals, visit:

Vegan eating

BE FAIR BE VEGAN Campaign – New York City


Animal advocacy today, is considered to be the largest social justice movement since the abolition of slavery. Exploitations against animals basic rights to life are now a direct result of extreme degrees of speciesism and consumerism. Millions of innocent animals are used for consumption, fashion, research and entertainment every single day. What is even more alarming, is that the human race has become oblivious to the forms of torture that animals are subjected in order to have mankinds needs met. However, because of the animal advocacy movement, that is promoting messages for a more conscious and humane world,animals voices are now being heard and people are starting to listen.

“The overwhelming response to the Be Fair Be Vegan posters and billboards confirms that a profound, and long overdue, shift in consciousness is finally beginning to happen. Our species privilege gives us only one right: the right to help and protect our fellow animals, not to use them for our own gain. In understanding this, more and more people are also realizing that ending their demand for the products of animal misery is not a choice, but the most basic act of human decency.”,

Joanna Lucas, Campaign Creator and Designer.

The BE FAIR BE VEGAN campaign is one of those strong messages that is currently taking over the streets of one of the busiest cities in the world. Be Fair Be Vegan, is a revolutionary and high profile campaign that features moving billboards to send one of the most important and history making animal justice messages of our time. The campaign’s powerful imagery is intended to raise awareness of the lives of animals who are being resolved to society as mere objects to utilize, consume and discard.

“I believe that the BeFairBeVegan campaign is much-needed because, in addressing our speciesist attitudes toward other animals, it encourages us to consider that our core similarities are far deeper than our surface differences. Now, more than ever, the world needs to hear this message.”

Joaquin Phoenix (Actor and Animal Advocate)


Three presentations are being used to convey the message of animal rights in the hopes to spark a correlation between animals and humans who share the same feelings, emotions and ultimately should be treated the same, as sentient beings. The presentations; “Like Us”, “Which One?” and ‘Different but Equal’ are being rotated on two minute loops throughout the campaign. In addition to the billboards, 200 poignant posters are placed throughout NYC in the hot spot, high traffic areas of the bustling city, to resonate with the millions of people that pass them ever single day.

The only way to end atrocities against animals, is to work towards ending the consumption of and use of animal products all together.

-Founder of Animal Recovery Mission -Richard ‘Kudo’ Couto

The ‘Be Fair Be Vegan’ campaign will be running from August 8th – September 4th 2016. To learn more on this campaign visit the official website at and follow social media platforms;

Facebook: Twitter: @BeFairBeVegan


Be Fair Be Vegan poster campaign gallery.

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