We had the good fortune of connecting with Jana Montalbano and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jana, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
Our whole business model is based on social impact! We believe in getting our beauty rest/ sleep, being kind to people and the environment.

1. Beauty rest/ sleep

We are advocates for sleep and mental health. Aside from yoga lines, wellness is hardly associated with fashion. In fact, it’s highly opposite.

Good sleep is priceless. It means happier people who make better choices.  Choices that go beyond getting through another sleepy day, but mindful choices to be kind to people and the environment.  It’s a cycle that keeps going. Better sleep means happiness, less irritability, and making better choices for yourself, others, and the environment. Your body and brain need time to recover and regenerate.

Sleep allows us to be the absolute best versions of ourselves both physically and mentally. I believe someone who slept more would be happier, less reactive or irritated, have the energy to stay fit and active, which in turn would make them healthier, physically and mentally. The benefits are priceless when it comes to health and happiness.

2. Kindness

Better sleep means being kind to yourself, to others, and to the environment, Each piece in the collection comes with an intention card. A reminder to repeat and write your intentions at night before bed or when you wake up to manifest your dreams.… hence our tagline “Dream with Intention🌙 Wake with a purpose.” We want to help remind our customers to live intentionally, whether it’s practicing gratitude or compassion.

We also believe in giving back and getting involved with the community. You have the option to add a donation at check out to plant trees and we match the contribution. We most recently donated to the Homelight Mission Family Living which is housing for homeless families.

We are committed to donating to nonprofits dedicated to aiding homeless populations, animals, and the environment.

3. Eco-Friendly/ Sustainable

Fashion is one of the biggest polluters as its fabrics include highly toxic processes. Most commercial sleepwear is made from synthetic materials like polyester and Spandex meaning they’re derived from oil. This means when you wash these fabrics, synthetic fibers release microplastics that pollute our sea, animals and end up in our food chain. Plus, we believe you should let your body breathe at night.

Our products are made in Los Angeles out of eco-friendly fabrics for a low carbon footprint and ethical manufacturing. Our sleepwear is made of Tencel and Cotton, both sustainable fabrics that are nontoxic to the environment. Plus they have breathable qualities and promote better sleep.

Our packaging is biodegradable and made from recycled materials as well ♻

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
After Sunset is a sustainable sleepwear brand on a mission of mindfulness for both ourselves and the environment ♻️

Good sleep is priceless. It means happier people who make better choices.  Choices that go beyond getting through another sleepy day, but mindful choices to be kind to people and the environment.  It’s a cycle that keeps going.
Good sleep and a cleaner world are priceless.

Launching a business as a one-woman show all on top of a full-time job is not easy. There are many long days and weeks. Since sleeping is also a priority, it’s going a bit slower than expected but having a balanced life and not getting burnt out means success in my eyes. Sure, I may not be as successful as I’d like but I am pursuing my dream and that brings me happiness. I know I am working towards my goals and doing what I can. “Do what you can where you are with what you have”- Arther Ashe

Experiencing a traumatic near-death experience and ironically being hospitalized showed me the importance of health and gratitude for wellness. I experienced burnout in college and ended up hospitalized for eight days due to viral meningitis as a result of overworking myself and not getting the sleep my body needed.

When I became burnt out on my corporate fashion job after a decade, I decided to travel the world and take a break, rest, and enjoy life. It was the best decision I ever made and seven years later, I haven’t worked a traditional corporate job.

Without taking this huge risk to leave my comfort zone, I would never be where I am today. It allowed me to not only see the world but helped me get crystal clear on what was important to me and my life vision. Plus, traveling created an awareness of something much bigger than me- the environment and vowing to live eco-consciously and sustainably.

After working for over a decade in the fashion industry and even designing loungewear clothes at Guess all while being a yogi, I always found a void in the sleepwear space as well as fashion/ wellness. To be well and happy, sleep is absolutely essential. I have always been a bit of a high-maintenance sleeper since I can remember. I am the girl with the white noise machine, black-out curtains or best eye masks and earplugs, down comforter, soft/clean sheets, and Tempur-pedic mattress. Not to mention, I know all of the best meditation/sleep podcasts.

Aside from yoga lines, wellness is hardly associated with fashion. In fact, it’s highly opposite. Fashion is one of the biggest polluters as its fabrics include highly toxic processes. Fashion is a love-hate for me because I am creative at heart, yet I choose to live as sustainably as possible. I choose to combine my love of the environment and wellness into a sleepwear line as my contribution.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The beach!!! Since I reside in South Bay we would ride down to the beach at sunset for a cruise up to Manhattan Beach to grab a beer at Culture Brewery, check out Hermosa Pier, and drive through the Fisherman’s wharf at Redondo Beach.

We would check out Japonica for happy hour for some rolls and sake!

For the evening, Tony’s on the Pier for their special and strong drink, a Firecheif Mai Thai, and then check out Hermosa Salon in the evening to catch some live music.

The next day we would head to Palos Verdes for a hike by Terrenea Resort and coastal cliff views.

For the late afternoon, evening, we would head to El Segundo for a sunset bonfire with everything from a speaker, drinks, and supplies for smores.

On Sunday, we would head to Venice for brunch at Belles Beach House.

Do some shopping on Abbot Kinney and grab a slice of pizza at Gelina takeaway.

At sunset, head to the infamous Electric Bike parade with a lit-up bike at sunset. Meet under the Venice sign, ride all of the way to the Monica Pier and back through Venice. to end up at Hinano’s.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Mom, who inspires my ambition and everything I do! Mom, you have sacrificed so much for me as a single parent and taught me to be independent. Thank you for always encouraging me to follow my dreams, teaching me what matters most, people, kindness, and love for sharing your compassion and love for animals. I love you so much! I hope to give you the world!

Website: https://aftersunsetshop.com

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Image Credits
Alizee Lutz

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