February 15th, 2023
WRITTEN BY ANNIKA TROBMAN
Introducing Llani. A collection of accessories inspired by traditional Indian styles. Meet founder, Alana Oates, and hear her story of how she came to create her brand, Llani.
Llani - a globally-inspired accessories collection, is a partnership between Alana Oates, and a coterie of immensely talented artisans & craftsmen she met while working in India. “Llani” is Alana’s childhood nickname. Llani’s slippers, flats, and slides are hand-crafted with a touch of luxurious coziness that takes the edge off your day. Llani is made with design and production partners in India.
The factories they work with are female founded or family owned, where female workers have strong leadership roles at each factory. The team at Llani take great care to work with only high-quality materials such as leather, suede, and genuine shearling. Their embellishments — beading, trims, and motifs, are delicately created by hand.
Alana Oates wanted to created a brand for fiercely independent women. A bold spirited creative like herself. After 6 years designing for some major retailers, she wanted to create a shoe that was comfortable enough to live life in but beautiful enough for all life's activities.
Llani’s shoes, clothing, and accessories all draw inspiration from traditional Indian styles, in particular block printing techniques. Llani products are made on Jaipur, India, which is the capital of block printing and artisan craftsmanship.