The young designer means business
Alasia Shalai has always had the vision. The DMV native had dreams of creating her own line of clothes for years, but didn’t have the means to do so as of yet. “I always had an interest in art and fashion, and always wanted to design clothes but never felt like I had the resources,” She says. As time progressed, Shalai began to compile these resources and her dream began to take shape. That dream is now known as “Shalai Studios”, a brand that combines elements of art into fashion, creating a versatile look for the culture as a whole.
“I always had an interest in art and fashion, and always wanted to design clothes but never felt like I had the resources”
Shalai’s upbringing played a big part in her current pursuits, something she is realizing moreso now as of late. “I’m from the DMV , and I honestly never thought of how that played a part in who I am,” She says. “I definitely think every area has their own culture and I would say that has played a part in my personality and how I interact with people.”
“I create most of my ideas when I’m out exploring”
Shalai studio’s is, as Alasia calls it “An unconventional approach to women’s streetwear.” The aesthetic is someone who is always on the go but wants the best of both worlds, comfort and style. Pieces such as the “Tomboy” line embody this spirit. The short cropped shirt and sweatpants combo can be worn on a chill occasion, or as part of a fashionable outfit.
Shalai draws her design inspiration from the world around her, stating: “I’m inspired by nature, architecture, colors…etc. I create most of my ideas when I’m out exploring.” While she doesn’t model, she uses her image to promote her own brand, which she plans to soon venture into men’s wear. Since her brand already embodies a women’s take on contemporary menswear, she believes the transition should be seamless.
As you should expect by now, Alasia Shalai has the vision of what’s to come. And now that her resources include her very own clothing line and platform, you better believe that whatever she foresees happening next, will take shape.
All photography is credited to Alasia Shalai and Shalai Studios