Emerging Founders

Tiffany Wong

Tiffany loves the artistic freedom and quirky self-expression of fashion. However, during her junior year at Pepperdine University, she began to feel constrained  by societal standards of beauty and the consequences of fashion industry's social footprint. She called up her best friend from seventh grade sewing class and they were excited they shared the same sentiments. Ever since, they have been working to tell a new story centered on the beauty and worth of every body in the fashion industry. Tiffany graduated in April 2016 and has since been building their social impact brand Velé. Tiffany and her co-founder are excited to be working with traditional artisans in Spain to create ethical leather essentials and to be partnering with the nonprofit Not For Sale to fight human trafficking. 

Tiffany was an apprentice alongside Ben & Liz Bohannon of Sseko Designs in summer of 2017 as she worked to learn from them and continue to build her fashion startup, Velé, during the Emerging Founders program. She is also a 2016 Praxis Academy alumna.

Velé is a fashion brand that seeks to redfine industry practices to empower rather than exploit women through a dual impact model of conscious production and nonprofit partnership. We do this through: 

  • Ethical manufacturing ­– we partner with artisans who treat their craft as art and are paid a living wage that reflects their artistry. 
  • People over profit – we are committed to combatting fast fashion by offering the luxury of artisan quality essentials at accessible prices. 
  • 10% of each purchase donated – we partner with Not For Sale to invest in the future of those most vulnerable to human trafficking through the growth of social enterprises.

Join us as we help all women to know they are valued as worthy and wanted.