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!