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The Zuri Dress

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Is it a dress? Is it a Jacket? Or is it a skirt? 

It’s all three, actually. And then some. 

If you’ve spent any time at Lela then you’ve seen our ever changing collection of Zuri dresses. Zuri dresses are amazing, in that they can be worn as a jacket, dress, tunic or skit. Their patterns are always bright and unique. They are a bold and fashionable addition to anyone’s closet. But do you know the story behind Zuri? 

It was 2016 and New York City designer Sandra Zhao was living in Nairobi, Kenya. As she was packing for a trip to South Sudan she wanted something to wear that was easy, versatile, and that wouldn’t wrinkle. Being a designer she decided to create the dress she was looking for. And thus, the Zuri dress was born. Sandra started wearing it everywhere, including to a wedding where she met Ashley Gersh Miller. Ashley loved the dress and the two women soon decided to go into business together. 

Sandra and Ashley source their fabric from all around the African continent. Mainly Tanzania, Congo, and Nigeria. They also partner with Soko, an organization in Kenya that offers sustainable livelihoods as an alternative to prostitution, which is common in impoverished areas of Kenya. Instead, women lean to sew and become entrepreneurs. Zuri has an incredible commitment to empowering women. Both the women who wear the dress and the women who make the dress.     

If you haven’t bought a Zuri yet stop in and see what designs we have. The patterns are always changing. Make sure to grab your favorite before it’s gone. 




Resale Shopping is Cool Again: Be the Smartest (and Most Fashionable) Resale Shopper Around

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Did you hear the news? Shopping resale is becoming trendy. Of course, us Lela Ladies have always known that. What’s better than scoring your favorite designer brands at a portion of the original price? Pretty much nothing! 


The best part of shopping resale? It’s sustainable. Did you know that 5% of all landfill waste comes from textiles? And on average US citizens throw away 70lbs of clothing a year.  That’s a lot of cute clothing just sitting in a garbage dump! 

So instead of letting the cute clothing you no longer wear go to waste, why not consign it with Lela? We take new consignment every Tuesday from 10-7 or by appointment. Make sure everything is clean and on hangers before you stop by. Our consignment queens, Jen and Susan, will look through your stuff and pick what they think our customers will love best. And while they do that you can browse all of our current consignment stock.   

Think Resale shopping is overwhelming? Here are some quick tips to help you browse faster, pick the best pieces for you, and leave Lela feeling like a true fashionista: 

1.    When it comes to vintage pieces, they run small. So choose a size bigger than you normally would. 

2.    Don’t be afraid to try it on! Sometimes the piece that you questioned on the hanger looks the most amazing on your body. Trust us on this! 

3.    Know what you are looking for. Our consignment section has a plethora of options and sometimes that can be overwhelming. Come with a specific type of outfit in mind to help narrow your options. 


4.     Don’t be afraid to get something tailored! Sometimes a must have piece just doesn’t fit the way you want it to. But that’s okay. Because you are buying it second hand, and cheaper than a traditional retailor, you can afford to get it tailored. Don’t have a tailor? Ask one of the Lela staff, we can give you a recommendation. 

5.    Be you! At the end of the day it’s all about what you love and what makes you happy. 

Now that you have the Lela lowdown on all things resale and consignment come on in and shop with us! We can’t wait to see those super cute outfits you create. If you’re on social media make sure to tag us @lelaboutique and #shoplela so we can see how good you look in your Lela fashion.