ABOUT THE BRAND:
Bellantoni is an independent, sustainable fashion label based in Vancouver whose mission is to help women dress well while being kind to animals, people and the planet. This brand was founded in March 2017 by sustainable fashion advocate and designer, Bianca Bellantoni, out of a need for versatile, stylish clothing that was made sustainably and ethically.
We design elevated business-casual pieces that can easily transition into any wardrobe. Some items are designed to be modular - meaning they can be worn in more than one way - in order to extend the lifespan of the garment in the hopes that they will stay in your closets for years to come.
MEET THE TEAM:
In 2012, Bianca Bellantoni ventured to Toronto to pursue a Fashion Design degree at Ryerson University. Within her first year, she learnt about the devastation the fashion industry has on the environment, and was faced the dilemma of whether she wanted to continue to pursue a career in this industry. Through much contemplation, she decided that the only way to make a change was to stay in it and be a part of the solution.
Throughout her studies, she practiced design with two important components - sustainable and cruelty-free design. In her final year, she created her own innovative fabric scrap embroidery, where she reused her garment fabric scraps and embroidered them back onto her pieces. During this time she worked as the lead designer for a vegan outerwear company, Wuxly Movement (formerly Mammoth Outerwear). After graduation in 2016, Bellantoni decided to move back to her hometown, Vancouver, and pursue her own sustainable and cruelty free clothing brand with a mission to help women dress well while being kind to animals, people and the planet.
Bellantoni focuses on thoughtful, intentional design while using certified sustainable and recycled textiles to create each collection.
We use organic textiles, such as organic cotton, hemp and linen, that has been certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard. This certification ensures that the fabric has been grown, spun, woven and dyed without the use of harmful chemicals, fertilizers, herbicides or dyes. This is important to us, because the chemicals and herbicides used on conventional cotton, hemp and linen can be extremely harmful to the workers who are a part of each stage of the fabric’s production. So by using GOTS-certified organic materials, we can ensure that each person who was a part of making this fabric was working in a safe, non-toxic environment.
Tencel is a fabric that is made from eucalyptus wood pulp. The wood chips are processed, spun and woven into fabric, and while there are some solvents used to turn the pulp into yarn, it is made in a closed loop process where the treated water keeps being reused. Tencel uses less water and energy than cotton, and is 100% biodegradable. It is also gentle on the skin with its ultra soft feel and is more breathable can linen or cotton. Read more about it here.
Toxic-free fashion refers to the process in which the material is made. When we use toxic-free fabrics, they have been certified by the Oeko-tex Standard 100, are enzyme-washed or eco-certified. All of which ensures the fabrics do not have harmful chemicals in the dyes or fertilizers that may have been used to make the fabrics.
Pre-consumer waste refers to any fabrics that are unused and leftover after being cut out for production. This can be from excess fabric leftover after cutting, wrongly cut pieces and unused fabric. Our pre-consumer waste comes from other designers, companies, students and home sewers. While some of these fabrics are not classified as "sustainably made," we are keeping them from being dumped into landfills. Many large manufacturers throw out their excess fabrics into nearby landfills. A majority of these fabrics are man-made synthetics, which are meant to NEVER decompose. So by throwing them into landfills, they sit there for the rest of their lives and emit CO2 into the air. We partner with local jobbers, such as FABCYCLE, to purchase these fabrics.
All of our garments are designed, drafted and hand-made in Vancouver by the designer, local pattern-makers and seamstresses. By keeping our production within Canada, we are reducing the amount of travel-time throughout our supply chain and supporting our local industry. Plus, this enables us to be a part of the entire design and manufacturing process to ensure best practices are made.
At Bellantoni, we never throw out our fabric scraps. We have created garments with the process of zero-waste design, and continue to collect fabric scraps from local designers/sewers to create them into new designs and small accessories - such as our scrunchies! But, because this still leaves us with more waste, we make them into pet beds for pets at local animal shelters if they need them. Each bed has a cover as protection for the stuffed bag, which also makes it easier to wash.
Due to covid-19, we have stopped producing these pet beds.