Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive?
Amber Valletta: Doing something new and challenging. It can be anything from starting a business to playing a sport. Seeing a great concert, looking at extraordinary art, or being in nature. More than anything, it’s my son’s smile and love that makes me light up!
MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?
AV: My son, on a regular basis. In order for me to parent well I have to empathize and stay open with my son. I am also vulnerable when it comes to trying new things, when I don’t feel like I completely know what I am doing. Lack of control.
MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?
AV: Can’t we all just play nicely and leave the playground the way we found it, clean and safe?
MP: Tell us about your latest project and why you are so passionate about it.
AV: My latest project is my new business, an online store called Master & Muse. I am excited to have a collaborative partner in yoox.com for the launch of this new one-stop shop for high fashion that is made ethically and thoughtfully. We have found amazing designers that are sourcing sustainable or non-toxic materials and pay fair wages to artisans and employees. Most of the designers are eco-friendly, even by default, through their use of up-cycled materials and organic fabrics, and by producing in small quantities. Ultimately, the design has to be great—no one will buy it if it looks like a hemp sack!
I am super passionate about my new business because it has the potential to disrupt the fashion industry in a positive way. Master & Muse is providing a place to buy better. There are many big issues in producing fashion today, and the consumer doesn’t fully understand the problems at hand. That is where we come in. We are providing awareness, information, and great fashion.
MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?
AV: Right now I am running on fumes, so it’s time to get centered again. I start with eating healthier and cutting out caffeine—at least cutting back on caffeine. I exercise and get outside to play. I reconnect with my spiritual practice, which is daily meditation and prayer. Most importantly, I reconnect with my family and friends. If all else fails, a few deep breaths.
MP: What’s been one of the biggest lessons in your life so far?
AV: I realized that being present for loved ones who are dying or aging is one of the greatest honors and gifts in my life.
MP: What truth do you know for sure?
AV: That we are quite small in the big scheme of things.