above photograph: Alnea Farahbella, Toit Volant Designer
ABOUT THE BRAND
Toit Volant is an independent contemporary womenswear brand. Our designs are playfully chic, versatile, effortlessly bold and affordable.
Our collections are responsibly crafted in Los Angeles through our own factory, Nana Atelier. We pride ourselves in supporting local vendors, keeping the jobs locally, offering fair wages and non-bullshit ethical production.
Toit Volant is evocative. We like to think that we bring fashion and style to real woman.
ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Alnea Farahbella, Toit Volant designer, bring her diverse experiences into the brand. She lived overseas for nearly a decade before returning back to the U.S. to start Toit Volant. Toit Volant means Flying Roof. Toit Volant conveys the designer’s ideas of home, culture, art, diversity, hybridization and nomadism.
Alnea loves making dresses. She maintains a sense of humor and lightheartedness in her everyday life happenings, passionately driven about design, art and the process of making.
ETHICAL & SUSTAINABLE EFFORTS
The designer’s experiences includes living overseas for a decade. Alnea has an extensive fashion background that includes years of teaching in prestigious fashion design programs; Pratt Institute New York, Parsons The New School as the MFA design studio manager and Raffles Institute Asia. Her travels and professional experience gave her an honest realistic view into the world of fashion and manufacturing.
The time of living overseas, exposure to luxury brands development, walking through fabric markets around the world provided her an education about the reality of excess and waste in the process of garment development and production including mass and sample processes.
In 2013, she committed to establish a brand that supports small business owners, responsible sourcing of textiles and materials and limited mindful quantities. In 2017, she opened up Nana Atelier, a small service manufacturer in the middle of the piñata district in downtown Los Angeles. Nana Atelier prides itself in fair wages and healthy working environment.
The idea of Nana Atelier is to create beautiful garments in a clean beautiful inspiring space where every participant in the process is treated equally and fairly.
Alnea loves the planet. In one of the dirtiest industry, she makes tremendous efforts to utilize fabrics at its potential to minimize waste and be kind to mother nature. She maintains her pledge in creating a brand that is responsible and ethical.
BRAND PHILOSOPHY & COMPANY VALUES
Our company is dedicated to being personal, intimate with the craft of dress making without the luxury price tag. The Toit Volant woman wearing our designs, share the ideology of investing moderately in fashion consumption. Toit Volant woman appreciates longevity, quality and exclusivity. Our brand aims for loyalty and trust in our products.