Who What Why?
Wasi Clothing gets a lot of questions about a lot of things. So here are the most frequently asked questions! All in one place!
What is Wasi?
Wasi is a Quechuan word that means home. It has an extra deep meaning. WASI is a word that was translated by the founder's abuelo(grandfather) before he passed, him and her abuela are the last Quechuan speaking members of her family. She honors her Indigenous Ancestors who guide her and protect her in life. Wasi was created to be a home for a lot of folks and a lot of walks of life and that mission and journey continues to grow the more the business grows.
Why is WASI so expensive?
Everyone has their standard of what they'd like to pay for a garment. WASI prices vary from one customer to the next. Others have no problem with the pricing, while others may look at it to be far too expensive. WASI decides on pricing from ethical and fair pay, sustainability and the way the items are produced. When you break down the cost of making a garment, a lot is involved, from design, to the blank garment, to the fabric, to the sewing, to the printing process, shipping and handling, to the photography, web design, promoting it etc. A lot of labor goes into creating designs at WASI and it is all created by a BIPOC team. At WASI we value the worth, the time and the work that BIPOC put towards our clothing and we strongly believe BIPOC fashion workers should be paid ethically and fairly. I ask that folks respect the pricing that has been decided because WASI started because of unfair pay. WASI founder Vanessa worked in the industry at below minimum wage, was overworked and undervalued and fought hard to make ends meet for years. She found her worth and knew she deserved better. She strives to not let that happen ever again to any BIPOC fashion worker and that includes anyone involved with WASI. If pricing is out of reach for some folks, WASI offers a payment plan option at checkout. Select Afterpay and only pay 1/4 of the price at checkout.
Can WASI be more size inclusive?
Wasi Clothing is only a 2 year old business and gradually grows and expands as the business grows. Small businesses, especially women of color owned businesses tackle way more challenges than white owned businesses or male owned businesses experience. Producing a multiple number of size ranges takes a lot of capital for a non funded BIPOC business and unfortunately venture capitalists do not invest in Latina owned businesses. So WASI is a self funded business that is doing it's best to expand as much as it can with the limitations that come with being this niche of a business. WASI's mission is to grow to be incredibly inclusive for all marginalized communities. This little clothing brand first started with just one size fits all pieces and only carried small through large in t-shirts 2 years ago, because at that time, that's all WASI could afford. Since then, WASI has expanded to t-shirts in XS-4XL and has expanded more styles in more sizes. So progress is definitely happening, it just isn't happening on a huge corporation level. If you are new to WASI, I ask all folks to please be patient with WOC small businesses as they grow. We all have the dream and intention to be inclusive for all and that is the end goal. A full range of inclusivity is in the making! This is why it is so important to support small businesses, because we all grow together and land those goals together.
Are there more Aguayo designs coming?
Aguayo designs from the past are one of a kind designs and once they are sold they are gone forever. All the Bolivian textiles are personally sourced in Bolivia by WASI founder, so it's a long process and sacred process to make these particular garments. Due to the pandemic, the Bolivian textile designs are not happening until it is safe to travel to Bolivia again. Bolivian textile collections happen once a year so keep an eye out in the future because the moment I can safely travel to Bolivia and not put that community at risk, I will make those designs happen once again!