“Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
Welcome to GreenLeafHarmony! We are so glad you’re here.
Today, we are a growing apparel company that believes in the power of a positive mindset and the importance of spreading kindness. But our path to success was not a direct one. Like all the best stories, GreenLeafHarmony has experienced its share of twists and turns. Its roots stretch well below the topsoil of inspiration, beyond the dirt of hard work and commitment, all the way down to the rocky terrain of a life-changing diagnosis.
In 2018, we received the news no one ever wants to hear: Emilia had breast cancer. At the time, she was working as the regional manager for an international fashion company. But with her diagnosis everything had to change. We relocated to Barcelona from Shanghai, and Cristian quit his job to offer emotional support during the following year of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Once Emilia made a full recovery, she returned to her position just as a global pandemic struck.
By May 2020, the job Emilia loved was gone. Our psychiatrist recommended we try to find a project we could be passionate about, so we started a TikTok account where we found a dynamic and supportive community of people, supporting each other’s personal projects.
Soon it became apparent that the side project had become a calling for both of us. Drawing on our backgrounds in fashion and e-commerce, we began designing a line of apparel that captures our passion for positivity and reflects the sense of community we have discovered on social media. (Our first collection was inspired by a TikTok follower, IZI Stevens - www.izistevens.com )
In developing GreenLeafHarmony, we have rediscovered our authentic selves. We are people who take joy in the daily rituals of life, who believe in and practice the art of kindness, who find joy and an internal quietude in nature, and who seek balance in our relationships and our work. We hope GreenLeafHarmony offers you a similar sense of positivity and peace.
Want to learn more about us? Check out the Q&A below and follow us on social media @GreenLeafHarmony!
Cristian and Emilia
Q&A with Emilia and Cristian
How did you come up with the name GreenLeafHarmony?
Nature is where you can be yourself, where you can clear your mind. Our brand – and our attitude toward life – harmonizes with nature and that authentic way of living.
Where do you go to connect with nature?
Emilia: The ocean.
Cristian: Forests and mountains.
How do you get creatively inspired?
Our followers on social media! From day-to-day interactions to challenges they face, the community we’ve found on TikTok and other social media is a constant source of inspiration.
What brings you joy?
Helping other people, spending time with family and friends, and reaching our goals.
Favorite yoga pose?
The headstand position, Sirsasana. It’s the best for relaxation and clearing one’s mind!
Personal motto on TikTok?
“We rise by lifting others.” It’s become our reality: By growing one another’s followings and supporting each other’s personal projects, we all find greater success and fulfilment.