They strive to make their designs versatile so that they can be dressed up or dressed down easily, while remaining extremely comfortable, no matter how long you've been wearing them.
Designer Ashli Hara holds the belief that clothing as part of a sacred art of self decoration can show something about who you are on the inside, on the outside. Her designs are an expression of that ideal.
Ordering these clothes supports the sustainability ethic as well as independent designers and seamstresses. Most materials used are either reclaimed or sustainable fibers.
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Ashli.
I began sewing clothes for myself because I couldn't find the clothes I was looking for anywhere. Gradually, more and more people were asking me to make them clothes as well, so one day I opened up an etsy shop and a few months later it took off from there! I am so grateful to etsy for allowing me to get my designs out there for people to see, and also to my customers who have been so supportive and given me so much inspiration over the past two and a half years. I love that I send my clothes to people all over the world.
What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Dance..when I have completely let go of everything and feel nothing but the rhythm and the bliss of being free.
I also love the feeling when I am inspired with a new design and start to draw it in my little sketchbook. This feeling of inspiration can be pretty intense for me, allowing me to experience a many different feelings or emotions that I could never describe with words.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
My biggest challenge is finding time to create new designs. Designs come to me all throughout the day, while I am sewing and working and dreaming, and I am beginning to set aside certain hours of the week that will be dedicated to making these new creations. I look forward to sharing my newest collection with all of you!
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an artist, a painter specifically, or an architect.
What item in your collection would you like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I would have to say these Aiwaya Pants. I just love them, and wear them all the time
What other artists out there do you love?
Olivia Lion- She is one of my new customers, who recently sent me one of her paintings. Not only was I totally blown away by the gesture, but I also could not believe how amazing her talent is. I am going to frame it and keep it up in my house forever.
What does your future hold?
The future is wide open!
I want to do more traveling to different countries, to live in different countries for a few months at a time, while being inspired by the people and art of the area that I am in.
I want to buy a house one day that artists can come live in, and make into a work of art itself. I would like it to be off the grid, and sustainable, even with the ability to grow a garden inside, similar to an "earthship."