This week’s Ethical Business Spotlight features Kym Canter, Founder of House of Fluff! For this series, I ask vegan and cruelty-free businesses 5 questions to share what they’re all about!
Bio Kym Canter
House of Fluff founder Kym Canter spent a decade as the Creative Director of luxury fur brand J.Mendel. She is considered responsible for building this small luxury fur brand into a globally- recognized lifestyle brand. Prior to joining J.Mendel, Kym was a fashion editor and a top fashion stylist. Ms. Canter held editorial positions at Elle Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, and O The Oprah Winfrey Magazine. Her styling work has appeared in publications as diverse as The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Marie Claire, InStyle, Surface Magazine, and The Face.
Since launching House of Fluff in 2017, Kym has become a sought-after expert on cruelty-free fashion, ethics, and sustainability. She has spoken on panels sponsored by the National Retail Federation, The Business of Fashion, New York University, and the Real Real. Kym has been quoted discussing her point of view about the future of fur, sustainability, and entrepreneurship in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, BOF, In- Style, O The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, and the BBC.
Let’s jump into the interview with the incredible Kym Canter!
1. What is the inspiration and mission behind House of Fluff?
Our mission is to create animal-free and earth-friendly, conscious luxury goods.
2. Vogue describes House of Fluff as “incredibly glamorous and blissfully guilt-free.” Are your customers animal advocates, environmentalists, fashionistas, or all of the above? How do you create garments with your customer base in mind?
We find our customers are not just vegans or environmentalists, which we are fine with. The idea was always to make a product so great it would appeal to everyone. We think this is the best way to effect change and show people that they can move away from the use of animal products.
3. As an industry powerhouse and expert on cruelty-free fashion, ethics, and sustainability, you have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Vogue, BOF, InStyle, O The Oprah Winfrey Magazine, and the BBC. What led you to become a fashion-focused activist for animals, people, and the planet?
I really feel I came to this late in life. I grew up in the 70’s when most people thought it was ok to eat meat, have pets, support animals, and wear fur! It was a culturally confusing time. At the end of 2016, I had my “ah hah” moment and realized I no longer felt comfortable wearing animal fur. When I could not find any luxury products to replace my real furs with, I decided to sell 26 of my own fur coats and build a brand for people searching for alternatives to animal-based fashion.
4. In addition to offering animal-free fur, you recently launched your first collection of vegan leather made from Mexican cactus plants. Why did you choose this plant-based material and what makes it special?
We were searching for petroleum free, animal- free leather for a while and we tried almost everything. When we found the cactus leather we loved it because the plant uses very little water, no herbicide or pesticides are used, it can regenerate itself after harvest, and it was well priced and felt really luxurious.
5. HOF uses excess fabric scraps to create (adorable) plush collectibles called “Scrappy’s,” which is a unique and fun way to reduce waste. Which Scrappy’s is your favorite and why?
I love them all!!! We are always selling out of them and then someone in the office will make a new one and we will all play with naming them. We love when the customers that own the Scrappy’s send pictures of them so we can see how they are doing!
6. What’s next for House of Fluff?
We are actually about to launch a home collection which is great and we are very excited about it! In November, we will be launching our first group of bio-based animal-free fur!
House of Fluff is the epitome of animal and earth-friendly fashion. If you’re a conscious consumer who wants outerwear made from luxurious, high-performing faux fur and vegan leather, you must check out House of Fluff!
Huge thanks to Kym Canter for participating in my Ethical Business Spotlight series! Your dedication to making the world a better place through sustainable, cruelty-free fashion is truly inspiring and we can’t wait to see what is next for you and House of Fluff!
I always love to try the newest vegan snacks out there and am excited to share the Best Plant-Based Jerky Ever (that’s the actual name!) from Urban Cowboy Foods!
When considering shifting to a plant-based diet, people often think they will miss out on the foods they love the most. Luckily for us, just about anything and everything can be made from plants, including jerky!
Urban Cowboy developed a delicious plant-based jerky and I got to try the Black Pepper flavor. I must say I’m impressed!
I’ve had plant-based jerky in the past, and the biggest challenge is nailing the texture. Urban Cowboy did it. Their jerky is chewy but not too tough and absolutely bursting with flavor. It’s made with mushrooms, gluten-free soy sauce, natural smoke flavor, and spices to deliver an authentic jerky flavor that is on point. It even has 13 grams of protein, making it a satisfying and good-for-you snack!
If you’re vegan or just looking for a low calorie, plant-based snack that goes big in the flavor department, give the Best Plant-Based Jerky Ever a try!
This week’s Ethical Business Spotlight features Vanni Leung, Founder of Valani. Vanni is a life-long vegan, entrepreneur, and breathwork coach who resides in California. Read on to find out more about Vanni’s journey to create her vegan, eco-friendly clothing line!
1. What inspired you to create your vegan, eco-friendly business?
Valani is really an extension of my vegan lifestyle… eco-friendly, plant based and full of compassion and respect for all things. I’ve been a vegan for 24 years, so it was really important to me that my brand reflects this lifestyle as well. I started Valani to create awareness of plant based options and to show that sustainable fashion doesn’t need to be boxy and boring. It can actually be fun and beautiful.
2. Your website says, “We’re reimagining sustainable fashion for the next generation.” What are some of Valani’s eco-friendly practices?
Sustainability is an ongoing journey and we’re always going to be looking for innovative options. So far, this is what we’re doing…
The fabrics that we use are vegan, plant based and biodegradable.
We’re currently using hemp, Tencel and banana fabrics. Banana fabric is made from discarded banana tree stems.
We use a combination of recycled, recyclable and compostable packing materials.
Our patterns are strategically designed for low waste. Fabric scraps are used for scrunchies, crafts or recycled.
We also plant 1 tree for every garment sold and donate 10% of our profits to environmental and animal charities.
3. If you had to choose one garment to represent the mission and overall aesthetic of Valani, which one would it be and why?
Our Sokha dress in pink banana fabric is my favorite. It’s definitely a statement piece and embraces feminine beauty. The design is inspired by both nature and the female body – it’s light, flowy and curvy with a double layer ruffle neckline.
4. What has been the biggest challenge and biggest reward you’ve experienced while creating your business?
The biggest challenge is balancing so many objectives. There’s always so much to do!
Our brand is built on the concept of Lighter Living – lightening the impact on the planet and yourself. We have a FB group for women who are interested in sustainable living and also offer free monthly breathwork sessions within the community. Breathwork is a great way to practice self love and release the heavy emotions. When we take care of ourselves, we’re able to better take care of others.
It’s free to join – and no purchase is necessary. Sign up for our email list to get access to free breathwork sessions here.
The biggest reward so far is being able to connect with so many women and emphasizing the importance of compassion for all things and self love. I love guiding women through the wonders of breathwork. I believe in women lifting other women and breathwork is just one of the ways that I do it.
5. What’s next for sustainable fashion and Valani?
We are working on some knit garments that are more ‘elevated basics with a feminine flair.’ These should be released for Spring 2021.
Thank you, Vanni, for creating stunning designs that are vegan and sustainable! Check out Valani’s website and give them a follow on Instagram for gorgeous photography, videos, product launches, and more!
It’s been a minute since I reviewed any new snacks and I’m thrilled to share my new favorite with you!
Daily Crunch Snacks offers super healthy, insanely tasty snacks that are non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free, and keto. They even won Good House Keeping’s Best Healthy Snack Award!
If you’re anything like me, you try to eat as healthy as possible, but aren’t into bland, boring snacks (celery sticks? No, thanks!) Well, I got to try out three flavors of Daily Crunch Sprouted Almonds and I’m a huge fan!
If you didn’t know, almonds contain healthy fats, protein, fiber, magnesium, and vitamin E. They are a nutritious snack, but raw or roasted almonds kind of lack in the flavor department and generally aren’t very exciting.
So, what are sprouted almonds? Sprouted almonds are soaked in water and allowed to germinate. They are then dried at low temperatures. This process not only enhances the nutritional value and makes them easier to digest, but it also makes them really crunchy!
The Daily Crunch Sprouted Almonds Just.Almonds. are the epitome of what sprouted almonds should be! This snack is crunchy, satisfying, and let’s the delicious, natural flavor of almonds steal the show!
Calling all coffee-fiends! This is the snack of your dreams! The Daily Crunch Coffee-Soaked Sprouted Almonds offer the same addicting crunch with the flavor of freshly ground coffee beans. These are a must-try!
Last, I tried the Golden Goodness Sprouted Almonds made with turmeric and sea salt, and was actually shocked at the mouthwatering flavor! They’re made with nutritional yeast (a staple in every vegan’s pantry that gives food a cheesy taste) along with coconut aminos and onion powder to deliver a nutty, zesty, cheesy snack. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to chips or other flavorful yet unhealthy foods, this is it!
I highly recommend giving Daily Crunch Sprouted Almonds a try… and you may even get a chance to win some in my upcoming holiday giveaway! 😉
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