Vancouver, Mainland/Southwest

BELLANTONI

Vancouver, Mainland/Southwest


Bellantoni is a sustainable, cruelty-free clothing brand whose mission is to help people dress well while being kind to animals, people and the planet. We do so by using certified sustainable and recycled textiles and produce our collections locally in Vancouver. Sustainability is at the heart of Bellantoni, and touches multiple aspects of our business from the textiles and trims we use to the recycled packaging we ship our garments in. We also take responsibility for our fabric waste through our zero waste initiative, the ReNu Project, where we reuse fabric scraps and deadstock from our own production and the Vancouver fashion industry to create new pieces. Bellantoni is primarily sold online at www.bellantoni.ca, and in 15 stores across Canada.


1 Employees

In Business Since 2017

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BELLANTONI has been nominated in the following categories:

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Best Solopreneur


What motivated you to start your business? What challenges did you overcome as a Solopreneur?

My story starts back in 2012 when I moved to Toronto to pursue a degree in Fashion Design. It was in my first year that I learnt about the negative impact that the fashion industry was having on the planet, animals and the people working within the supply chains. I felt devastated learning about this and after much contemplation, decided that if I was going to pursue a career in this industry, that I would actively work towards being a part of the change. Fast-forward to 2016, and I landed a job as a lead designer for a startup vegan outerwear company and saw first-hand how to start a business from the ground up. It was then that I knew that I wanted to start my own clothing brand that represents the type of brand I was looking to shop from; one that was made sustainably and ethically. In 2017, I launched the Bellantoni brand as an e-commerce shop with business-casual clothing that was made using certified sustainable textiles, were made in Canada, and were always cruelty-free. I also added a portion to the site to act as a hub for educating our customers about the various aspects of sustainability within the fashion industry. Some of the biggest challenges I’ve faced as a Solopreneur are mainly that I am in charge of everything. When I started this brand, I designed, drafted the patterns, sewed the clothing, created the ecommerce website, did my own bookkeeping, went to networking events, etc., while working another job to pay off my student loans. I started this company out of a need to provide people with clothing options they could trust were made sustainably and ethically and could easily fit into their wardrobes. In 2017, there were not many sustainable clothing brands available, and ones that took into account all of the aspects of the business. Another challenge is that by choosing to build a brand with a focus on sustainability from the ground up, many aspects of the business were, and still are, more expensive than if I were to choose a non-sustainable option (ie. organic cotton labels vs polyester). This is still a challenge but as more awareness towards shopping local and sustainability becomes more apparent, I’ve begun to build a loyal customer base that understands this.

Why do you deserve to win the Best Solopreneur award?

I believe I should win the Best Solopreneur award because I have created a business that is helping to lead change within an industry that has been labeled one of the top polluting industries in the world. By creating this brand, I am helping to provide an option for people who want to be more conscious about the clothing they are purchasing while also reducing textile waste within the industry through our zero waste initiative called the ReNu Project. This business acts as both a sustainable clothing brand and an educational hub to help people dress well while being kind to animals, people, and the planet. Together we can create change.

Best Youth Entrepreneur


What motivated you to start your business and what is your vision for the future of your company?

My story starts back in 2012 when I moved to Toronto to pursue a degree in Fashion Design. It was in my first year that I learnt about the negative impact that the fashion industry was having on the planet, animals and the people working within the supply chains. I felt devastated learning about this and after much contemplation, decided that if I was going to pursue a career in this industry, that I would actively work towards being a part of the change. Fast-forward to 2016, and I landed a job as a lead designer for a startup vegan outerwear company and saw first-hand how to start a business from the ground up. It was then that I knew that I wanted to start my own clothing brand that represents the type of brand I was looking to shop from; one that was made sustainably and ethically. In 2017, I launched the Bellantoni brand as an e-commerce shop with business-casual clothing that was made using certified sustainable textiles, were made in Canada, and were always cruelty-free. I also added a portion to the site to act as a hub for educating our customers about the various aspects of sustainability within the fashion industry. The main motivation I had to start my brand was that I could not find a clothing brand that was sustainable and ethically produced in Canada, and in a style I liked, so I decided to create that option. I built a brand that aligned with my values of being kind to the planet, the people who work within the supply chains and to animals. I had been advocating for change within the fashion industry since 2012 when I first learned about the negative environmental and social impact the industry has, and creating my business felt like the next right step. My vision for my company is to continue to be the change in the industry while also being an educational hub for people to learn and work together to keep our planet safe. I hope that by scaling this brand into stores across Canada and the US, it will allow me to reach a wider audience and work on more sustainability projects. One project, in particular, is our ReNu Project, a zero-waste initiative aimed to redefine the new by recycling and reusing textile waste. I am very passionate about reducing textile waste within the fashion industry and finding new ways of doing so is an important part of the business. I plan to expand this project to include a take-back program, run educational workshops and continue to find innovative solutions to this waste.

Why do you deserve to win the Best Youth Entrepreneur award?

I believe I should win the Best Youth Entrepreneur award because I have created a business that is helping to lead change within an industry that has been labeled one of the top polluting industries in the world. By creating this brand, I am helping to provide an option for people who want to be more conscious about the clothing they are purchasing while also reducing textile waste within the industry through our zero waste initiative called the ReNu Project. This business acts as both a sustainable clothing brand and an educational hub to help people dress well while being kind to animals, people, and the planet. Together we can create change.

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