CT mom’s clothing brand, in NY Fashion Week, designed to empower

RIDGEFIELD — When town resident Ashley Alt gave birth to her son seven years ago, she went through a period of postpartum depression where she said she stopped taking care of herself.  

It was that depression, she said, that was the “final push” to motivate her to pursue her own fashion brand that caters to improving women’s mental health.

“I was breast feeding in oversized T-shirts and boxers. I was not doing what I normally did, which was doing my hair, doing my makeup, putting on a really cute outfit because that was my job (working with modeling and acting agencies). I had to look the part and I wasn’t doing that,” said Alt, a married mother of two. 

Alt’s clothing line, called VALT, was launched in May and is a luxury loungewear brand built on the foundation of positive mental health. Since then, VALT has been featured twice during New York Fashion Week and is scheduled to showcase in other U.S. markets this year including in Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago. The brand, which consists mostly of silk and cotton robes and scarves, can be purchased on Instagram @valtbrand or by visiting valtshop.com.

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