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A Conversation With Queer Afro-Latina Designer Joanis Duran

By Guisell Gomez -May 26, 2021

For the queer designer, Joanis Duran, fashion is a love affair she has nurtured for years; she was drawn to all of its permutations — from the way the pieces were created to the people behind the craft. But once she entered the world where fabric and texture are the reigning queens, she realized two key factors were missing: sustainability and authenticity. That is when her vision bloomed into the reality it is now.In a society where fast fashion is the norm, Duran knew she had to walk a different path (march to the beat of a different drummer, if you will) to create what she envisioned for herself and her community. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Miami, Florida, she was lucky to have parents who taught her to have high expectations from life, no matter what.

For the most part, Miami is known for its diverse palette of cultures and innovation, but it is also complicit in white-washing some industries — fashion being one of them. Early on, the South Florida designer understood the intrinsic importance of promoting workspaces that were ethical and conscious of the environment. Sadly, she wasn’t seeing those values when she entered the world of fashion. “I felt like I was letting my community down, I was letting my future generation down, and future generations of other communities down just by being part of that culture,” Duran told BELatina News.So, she realized that she didn’t fit in and decided to launch her brand in 2017, Kalani + Wolf.   

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COVID-19 Vaccine Questions, Farmworkers Wages, Sustainable Fashion

Published March 8, 2021 at 5:23 PM EST

Duran also stated that the pandemic has halted her business moving to an in-person store.Her business is sustainable, as opposed to fast fashion.“Fast fashion means more discarded goods, more stuff that ends up in landfills. There's more cheap fashion, cheap labor," said Asanyah Davidson, the chairperson at the Miami Fashion Institute in Miami Dade College. "Fast fashion has sort of become like the bone of contention within the industry. The fashion industry is the number two polluting industry in the world."

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WLRN Sundial Interview COVID-19 Vaccine Questions, Farmworkers Wages, Sustainable Fashion Published March 8, 2021 at 5:23 PM EST
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Peta 11 Black Latinx-Owned Vegan Businesses to Put on Your Radar

11 Black Latinx-Owned Vegan Businesses to Put on Your Radar

Published October 7, 2020 by Elena Waldman. Last Updated May 19, 2021.

Tired of the fashion industry’s relentless exploitation of animals and the environment, Joanis Duran created Kalani and Wolf, a vegan, sustainable accessory business. The company’s items are unique, using upcycled materials for the creation of handmade kimonos, turbans, headbands, crowns, and, more recently, fashionable face masks.

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11 Compañías Veganas de Personas Negras Latinas que Debes Conocer

Published October 7, 2020 by Elena Waldman. Last Updated May 19, 2021.

Cansada de la constante explotación de los animales y del medio ambiente por la industria de la moda, Joanis Duran creó Kalani and Wolf, una compañía de accesorios vegana y sustentable. Los artículos de Kalani and Wolf son exclusivos, ya que usan materiales reciclados para hacer productos a mano como kimonos, turbantes, bandanas, coronas y, recientemente, tapabocas a la moda.

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Peta Latino 11 Compañías Veganas de Personas Negras Latinas que Debes Conocer
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Miami Business Creates Masks Out Of Military Uniforms

May 22, 2020

Although its Memorial Day Weekend, one local Miami business has created merchandise to honor and help our nation's veterans. As a daughter of a U.S Navy veteran, I know just how complicated it can be for those who served and protected us to get the support they need.Thankfully, there are people like, Joanis Duran, the Founder and Creative Director at Kalani and Wolf. She is making face masks that are prewashed and handmade from 100% upcycle military uniforms. Not only are the masks beautiful, but proceeds go towards military care packages. Joanis plans to send more than 400 care packages to those who are currently serving and veterans.Kalani and Wolf have even received custom face mask orders from active members to add the branch emblem and soldiers' last name. The custom masks also work great for soldiers nurses who are on the frontlines helping patients heal from the COVID-19.You can check out the face masks here.

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Kalani and Wolf Founder and Creative Director Joanis Duran on NBC 6 IN THE MIX

Published May, 25, 2020

NBC 6 IN THE MIX "MASK MADE FOR OUR MILITARY" Johanna spoke with one successful businesswoman who has gone beyond to honor those who serve.  Click to Watch the interview

Here Are Eight Locally Made Facemasks to Help Us All Stay Healthy by Carolina Del Busto The local design team behind the Kalani & Wolf brand has shifted from making dreamy kimonos out of sustainable materials to making facemasks from recycled military uniforms. Each cover is handmade in Miami, and a portion of the sales goes toward care packages for veterans. (You also have the option of gifting a mask to a veteran.) Mask options include the U.S. Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines. Kalani & Wolf also sell reusable Pellon filters that you can wash and reuse for up to 30 days. Masks are priced at $13 plus shipping and are available via kalaniandwolf.com.

Published July 7, 2020

Miami News Times "Here Are Eight Locally Made Facemasks to Help Us All Stay Healthy" by Carolina Del Busto
The local design team behind the Kalani & Wolf brand has shifted from making dreamy kimonos out of sustainable materials to making facemasks from recycled military uniforms. Each cover is handmade in Miami, and a portion of the sales goes toward care packages for veterans. (You also have the option of gifting a mask to a veteran.) Mask options include the U.S. Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines. Kalani & Wolf also sell reusable Pellon filters that you can wash and reuse for up to 30 days. Masks are priced at $13 plus shipping and are available via kalaniandwolf.com.

LOCAL FACE MASKS THAT SUPPORT GOOD CAUSES Kalani & Wolf established a beautiful way to connect veterans and civilians during a pandemic. Each mask honors our soldiers and veterans by keeping their stories alive. The masks are made from upcycled uniforms for Army, Navy, Marines, JROTC and more. A portion of sales will go towards the purchase of Military Care Packages.

 Published August 12, 2020 

"LOCAL FACE MASKS THAT SUPPORT GOOD CAUSES" Kalani & Wolf established a beautiful way to connect veterans and civilians during a pandemic. Each mask honors our soldiers and veterans by keeping their stories alive. The masks are made from upcycled uniforms for Army, Navy, Marines, JROTC and more. A portion of sales will go towards the purchase of Military Care Packages.

LOCAL FACE MASKS THAT SUPPORT GOOD CAUSES Kalani & Wolf established a beautiful way to connect veterans and civilians during a pandemic. Each mask honors our soldiers and veterans by keeping their stories alive. The masks are made from upcycled uniforms for Army, Navy, Marines, JROTC and more. A portion of sales will go towards the purchase of Military Care Packages.

Published April 2020

Kalani and Wolf's designs are inspired by women and made by women. Our design process is simple "Quality over quantity." We seek to reduce our environmental footprint by using what's already created by using beautiful deadstock fabric. That means all of our designs are limited edition and one-of-a-kind when possible. Each garment takes approximately 2 weeks to create from scratch. All of our packagings are recyclable, bio-based biodegradable wrap paper, and if you love flowers our hangtags are plantable and after 20 days watch it bloom. All pieces are connected to an organization, which means a portion of your proceeds is donated to a non-profit organization around the world.

Kalani and Wolf Miami Sustainable and Ethical Womens Apparel brand promoting self love, body confidence and sexiness in all shades. Our Capsule collection is handcrafted locally in Miami.

Published December 2019

Kalani and Wolf Miami Sustainable and Ethical Womens Apparel brand promoting self love, body confidence and sexiness in all shades. Our Capsule collection is handcrafted locally in Miami.
Tired of the fashion industry’s relentless exploitation of animals and the environment, Joanis Duran created Kalani and Wolf, a vegan, sustainable accessory business. The company’s items are unique, using upcycled materials for the creation of handmade kimonos, turbans, headbands, crowns, and, more recently, fashionable face masks.

Photo Credit: Frederic Pinet
Model: Danie Omez Ortiza
04/27/201

Miami Sustainable Brands. Handmade in Miami. Vegan Sustainable Brand. Ethical. Animal Cruelty Free. Vegan. Vegan Lifestyle. vegan Black-Latinx-owned businesses.
Tired of the fashion industry’s relentless exploitation of animals and the environment, Joanis Duran created Kalani and Wolf, a vegan, sustainable accessory business. The company’s items are unique, using upcycled materials for the creation of handmade kimonos, turbans, headbands, crowns, and, more recently, fashionable face masks.

Photo Credit: Frederic Pinet
Model: Danie Omez Ortiza
04/27/201

Miami Sustainable Brands. Handmade in Miami. Vegan Sustainable Brand. Ethical. Animal Cruelty Free. Vegan. Vegan Lifestyle. vegan Black-Latinx-owned businesses.