Ethical Business Spotlight: HOUSE OF FLUFF

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!

Kym Canter, Founder of House of Fluff

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. 

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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.

House of Fluff Vintage Mahogany Mink Jacket

3. As an industry powerhouse and expert on cruelty-free fashion, ethics, and sustainability, you have been quoted in the Wall Street JournalVogue, 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.

House of Fluff Vintage Mink Coat

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.

House of Fluff Cactus Oversized Trucker Jacket

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 Vintage Mink Coat

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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!

Ethical Business Spotlight: VALANI

Happy Saturday!

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!

Vanni Leung, Founder of Valani


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.    

Valani Vanna Hemp Dress


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.

Valani Sokha Banana Dress


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.

Valani Malina Tencel Top & Phalla Tencel Pants


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!

Help Ban Fur Sales in California!

On March 12, California’s Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee will vote on a bill to implement a statewide fur ban, which is the first vote needed in the process of this bill becoming law. Please call and email to urge your representative to vote “Yes” on AB 44 before March 12th! (California residents only)

Find your assembly member’s contact information by entering your zip code at idausa.org/findmyrep and clicking on the “California” tab.

When you call, introduce yourself and where you are calling from, and simply say “Please vote yes on A.B. 44 to implement a statewide fur ban because California residents do not support animal cruelty for vanity.”

Visit my alert to send a letter to your representative here.

To find out how you can help make California’s statewide fur ban a reality – even if you’re not a CA resident – visit furishistory.org

Let’s make fur history in California!

Rainbowgrove Dreams New Vegan Clothing Line

Company: Rainbowgrove Dreams

Products:

Big Heart Go Vegan T-shirt

Peace Full Zip Hoodie

Welcome back!

I’m so excited to share this new vegan clothing line from Rainbowgrove Dreams! Vibrant colors, high-quality materials, and vegan graphics and quotes… these shirts will become one of your go-to pieces in your wardrobe!

Big Heart Go Vegan T-shirt features a gorgeous floral heart that simply says “go vegan.” I absolutely adore anything nature-inspired, and of course, if I my shirt can promote veganism, well that’s a win in my book!

The T-shirt itself is an excellent quality tri-blend (50% polyester/25% cotton/25% rayon) material that is soft and gets softer when you wash and dry it. I dry all of my clothes on low to minimize shrinking, but that’s not a problem because this T-shirt has some stretch to it and won’t lose its shape. It is definitely has a form-fitting cut, so the website recommends sizing up and even ordering up 2 sizes if you’d like a looser fit.

Next up, is the Peace Full Zip Hoodie! I pretty much wear hoodies all year round… just like in this picture (it was nearly 100 degrees!). In any case, I love throwing on something comfortable that I can wear with leggings. With cooler weather just around the corner, you can bet that I’ll be living in this!

This hoodie is the perfect length (it covered my butt) and also has some stretch. This isn’t your typical shapeless hoodie, it will hug your curves and make you look much more polished and put together than the hoodie you stole from your ex-boyfriend.

The image on the back of this hoodie is so unique! It features the tree of life with a circle of flowers and animals around it. I absolutely love the green and purple colors that pop off of the light gray material. I love this so much!

The Bottom Line

Rainbowgrove Dreams offer vegan and nature inspired clothing, accessories, home decor, and art that you can’t find anywhere else! Their new clothing line includes designs that are so cute and unique, I can’t wait to order them all (seriously, I love every single one). The quality is fantastic, and these pieces are a must-have for every vegan that wears clothes! 

Head on over to their website to see their entire line! Let me know which one is your favorite!

2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am thrilled to share with you my spectacular gift guide full of products for anyone and everyone on your list! Whether you’re looking for amazing skincare, delicious snacks or even something for the dog, check out this guide to create the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free holiday season for you and your family!!!

Food & Snacks

Instead of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, try out these snacks (no fire needed)! They’re healthy, delicious, and sure to please everyone’s taste buds!

Organic Living SuperFoods offers unique and flavorful snacks that you would never guess were healthy! Their Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks, Cinnamon Pecans and Coconut Fig Superfood Squares incorporate traditional holiday flavors that everyone loves but in guilt-free, good-for-you snacks! Their Supergreen Smoothie Mix amps up your smoothies and their Pomegranate Acai Matcha Antioxi-T Blend will be a hit with tea lovers! Read my full review of the products above!

You also must try their different flavors of sprouted nuts… I’m talkin’ Pizzalmonds, Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews, and Salt & Vinegar Almonds (read my review here)!  They also just launched their brand new rewards program that will let you earn points that can be redeemed for coupons and discounts!

The holidays aren’t really the holiday without cookies! Thankfully, Maxine’s Heavenly makes these vegan Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies that everyone will love! They’re gluten-free, soy free, and absolutely delicious! Check out my review of these cookies and their other fantastic flavors! They’re better than homemade and perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Oganikk Artisanal Spinach Chips are healthy, handmade spinach chips that are everything you want in a snack, without all of the bad stuff! They’re bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients! The Cheezy Paprika flavor is my personal favorite… check out my review of these incredible snacks here. Who wouldn’t love some tasty snacks for the holidays?

Bath & Body Products

“Baby, its cold outside…’ so enjoy these fabulous soaps, bath bombs, bath soaks and shower gels in a steamy hot shower or bubble bath!

Not Soap, Radio specializes in creating products that are fun colors, have funky names, and fabulous, oh-my-goodness-I-smell-amazing scents! The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower is sweet, fruity, and refreshing! You, or whichever lucky person gets this on your shopping list, will definitely exit the shower or bath feeling re-energized and renewed!

This Peace, Joy & Sanity gift set comes with 3-bubbles for bath/shower and 3- hand/body lotions so it is the perfect way to try out the products! They come packaged in small travel-friendly bottles and truly smell amazing! Read my full review of this gift set and The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower, here. I also am a huge fan of their fragrance for hair/body… read more here! They have TONS of gift sets available now so head on over to their website!

If you’ve been on social media sometime between 2015 and now, you are probably aware that bath bombs have taken over! I’ve had the opportunity to try out quite a few and I highly recommend the fabulous bath bombs from Soul Shine Cosmetics! The Warm Vanilla Sugar and Green Tea Bath Bombs are the perfect way to relax and forget about all of the stress that can come along with the season!

I must also recommend the Cinnamon Apple Pie Lip Scrub that really smells and tastes like apple pie! This moisturizing sugar scrub gently exfoliates to reveal a perfect pout that is ready to get kissed under the mistletoe! Read my full review of these products, including the adorable Owl Soy Candle pictured above, here!

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Keep with the spirit of giving this holiday season with Soapbox Soaps! This fantastic company donates bar soaps to people in need with every purchase! How amazing is that?! These hand soaps leave your hands feeling clean, soft, and smelling absolutely divine! They make a perfect hostess gift and the bar soaps are perfect stocking stuffers! Read more about the products above, here! Click here to read my previous review of their wonderful hair care and soap products.

Not sure what to get the person that has everything? How about Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care’s unique and luxurious Hibiscus Coconut Monoi Bath Soak? This bath soak is infused with Rose Quartz, the stone of love and beauty. Tahitian gardenias and hibiscus blossom-infused dead sea salts exfoliate your skin and make you feel like you’re at tropical spa! Read my full review!

Hair Care

If you know someone that likes to go “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, make sure their hair looks good while you do it!

Do you know someone with curly locks and want to give the gift of good hair? Look no further than Evolvh Luxury Hair Care!  The SmartCurl Hydrating Wash and Conditioner, paired with their SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner will absolutely make this the best holiday ever for that curly-headed person on your shopping list! Click here for my full review! Know someone that needs a little volume in their life? Check out my review of Evolvh’s fabulous Volume Collection! Use code “Holiday20” to get 20% off on Black Friday (and Saturday)! Also, check out “The Love Your Hair Collection”, thier exclusive Cyber Monday gift set!

If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly haircare, Plaine Products has a new, innovative way to help the environment while making you feel like you’re at a spa! Their high-quality shampoo and conditioner come packaged in recycled aluminum bottles that you return to the company when they’re empty! The bottles are then reused to cut down on plastic waste that ends up polluting our environment! Read my full review here.

Clothing & Accessories

It’s the holidays but who says you can only “Deck the Halls“? Now is the perfect time to get all decked out in vegan-themed apparel!

You can’t go wrong with the cute designs from Vegan Police Shop! Their “Ferocious Vegan” t-shirt was the first vegan t-shirt I ever bought, and is still a favorite to this day! Check out my review of these adorable buttons, tote, and lunch bag! Why not pick up some cute accessories that show off your love of animals and the planet?

Jewels by SJB creates unique, hand-made jewelry that spreads the vegan message! Go ahead and pick up something sparkly for yourself, your girlfriend or just about anybody on your list! There are tons of items to chose from, so head on over to their shop to check ’em out!  Best of all, a portion of each purchase is donated to help animals in need! Read more about this fanatic company and their products in my full review!

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Calling all eco-conscious fashionistas! Corkor creates sustainable and fashionable bags from cork! This Cork Clutch easily transitions from an over-the-shoulder or crossbody bag during the day, to a cute and classy clutch for a night out! Check out my full review of this fabulous bag, here!

Skin Care

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snowbut don’t forget to take care of your skin! Without a doubt, there is someone on your list that would love some natural and cruelty-free skincare!

Jivana’s Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is perfect for sensitive and reactive skin! This really hydrates and reduces redness and is as natural as can be! There’s a formulation to make everyone’s skin merry and bright! Check out my full review!

Give them a bottle of Leven RoseRosehip Night Serum and you’re sure to make them smile! It smells like lavender and contains rosehip seed oil to help keep your skin looking smooth, young, and healthy! Read my full review!

Looking for something that will fight breakouts and clarify the skin? Zglow Skincare’s Clearing Mud Mask is a powerful skin treatment that draws out bacteria and impurities to clear the skin naturally. It also is an amazing spot treatment! Click here for my full review of this face mask and more!

Men’s Skin and Beard Oil

Pick up some high quality skin care products for your man’s beard! “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”… and little elf told me this is how he keeps his beard looking so nice!

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is the perfect gift for the manliest-manly man on your list! The Burly Scrub is a rough and tough body scrub that’s perfect for exfoliating away all of those dead skin cells. The Burly Balm is a moisturizer specifically made for guys that need some help in the dry skin department, and the Burly Hair And Beard Oil will get even the scraggliest beards into shape! Check out my full review of the Burly Men’s Line here, and read my previous review of their body butter and body scrub!

Candles

“All is calm, all is bright” when you light up these fragrant and long-lasting candles! Best of all, they’re named after movies and books!

Firefly Candle Company creates soy candles with fantastic, seasonal scents that truly enhance the holiday spirit! Their vegan “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” candle smells of men’s cologne what we all would imagine the beautiful Jon Snow of Game of Thrones to smell like! You may not be able to give Jon Snow to your family or friends, but at least their house can smell like him!

Wizards Ball is another vegan candle that really epitomizes the scents of the season. It has notes of  christmas trees, snow, mistletoe, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts… not even the biggest Scrooge couldn’t resist this scent! Read my full review of these oh-so-nice candles!

Subscription Boxes

We look forward to the holidays all year long and sing “Joy to the World” when they’re finally here! With a subscription box, you can give a gift that keeps on giving year round!

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The All Around Vegan Box subscription box includes snacks, lifestyle and activism products. This is the perfect gift for snack lovers, animal rights activists, and vegans new and old! Use code “TREASURE10” for 10% off! Read my full review for the details!

Don’t Forget about the Dog!

These treats are sure to have Scruffy Barkin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

Your furbaby will absolutely love these plant-based treats from V-Dog! My dogs can’t get enough of the Wiggle Biscuits and absolutely adore the Breathbones which actually helped with their doggy breath! Want to switch your dog to an all vegan diet? Read my thoughts about V-Dog’s Kinder Kibble and Breathbones here and my thoughts on their incredibly cute Wiggle Biscuits! Make sure you pick something up for Scruffy!

Thank you to all of my readers and to all of the fantastic companies that participated in my 2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide ! 

Happy Holidays!