Lauren Taranto from Zingara Collection
Lauren is the founder of Zingara Collection, the home of simple, pure and ethical pieces that will easily become a staple in your wardrobe like they have my own.
Zingara collection only uses plant fibres in their rawest form, such as organic cotton, pure linen and pure hemp. I've written more about this beautiful label for the brand directory here.
For now, enjoy this interview with the founder about all things Zingara, Who made the clothes, morning routines and advice to others.
What made you start Zingara?
Starting Zingara was something I sort of fell into. I have always loved making clothing my own by mostly thrifting, then cutting, sewing, dyeing etc. until I have made something I really love! People would often ask me where I got my clothing and I could never point them in a simple direction. My heart has also always been so full for our earth, since before I can really remember I have tried to tread lightly. So there was literally one day that I thought 'why don't I put the two together and do this for everyone?' and then that was it!
What is something others wouldn't know about starting an ethical business that you think they should?
It really is a slow process, there is no way other way to go into it than with patience and appreciation.
What has been the most challenging thing you have uncovered since the beginning?
For me the most challenging thing is my indecisiveness, I can't do every single style I dream up but I always wish I could - haha!
Within the ethical fashion community, there's a big question that we ask which is 'who made my clothes?'. In the scope of Zingara, who made your clothes? Can you tell us a bit about them?
We have a beautiful little community of natural dyers and garment makers who reside in Ubud, Bali! They each have their special talent and a high quality of ethical standards. Each garment moves from one person to another until its finally complete.
Best piece of advice you have ever received?
Trust your first instinct! something I'm still working on (hence my answer to question 3) but I have noticed that when I do trust my first instinct it always pays off!
One tip you'd give to others who are wanting to start their own business?
Allow yourself time and believe in what you do
Where do you envision Zingara in the future?
I hope to create a community for Zingara that can be an inspiration to all others in having a more mindful approach to their consumption and the effect it has on our environment and humanity.
What or who inspires you to do what you do on a daily basis?
My children; the future, nature and all the beautiful woman and men who appreciate ethical fashion
Do you have a morning routine? If so what is it you do to set yourself up for the day ahead?
My 2-year-old Woody wakes me up at 5:45am most mornings without fail. I make us both breakfast and we hang out one on one until Husky (4months) wakes. We all normally have a cuddle on the couch, a play outside in the yard then and shower and the days begun!
One book everyone should read? Why?
The little Prince - It's a book I can read over and over. It's enlightening with such a simple and gentle reminder of the importance of open-mindness and relationships
Are there any other Movers & Shakers our there in your world that you think people should know about?
Yes! my beautiful friend Ash, the owner and creative behind children's label "Illoura", Sunny behind "Hana Studio" gorgeous botanicals! and Taz behind "Taneisha Knox Photography" creating gorgeous content for us always!
If you loved this interview and want to check out the beautiful Zingara collection for yourself, you can check out their website here. While you're at it, come join them on their socials via your favourite social platform - Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.