How Alasia Shalai of Shalai Studios Turned Her Hobby into Her Hustle!

Who is Alasia Shalai? What do you want to be known for in this lifetime? I

Alasia: I’m a DMV native that’s creative and self-taught in everything I do. I want to be known for being a black woman dominating my field and inspire other black women.

What inspired you to start Shalai Studios and what continues to inspire you to create and design?

Alasia: I started Shalai Studios because I was working in fashion already and wanted to create something of my own. I’ve always been into menswear and liked to wear men’s clothing. I created Shalai with the inspiration of mens clothing for the “tomboy” girl and added a feminine touch.

Who are some of your favorite designers? (Dead or Alive)

Alasia: My absolute favorite brand is Helmut Lang, and my favorite designer is Ann Demeulemeester.

Who/What inspires your style?

Alasia: Definitely men’s streetwear fashion inspires my style.

Describe your style in three words!

Alasia: TOMBOY, androgynous, ahead

Are there any companies or creatives you’d want to collab with in the near future? *let’s speak it into existence*

Alasia: I would love to see Aleali May wearing my brand and I would love for Kith to carry my brand in store.


Favorite women of color to follow on Instagram?

Alasia: @addictedtodom , @tanayahenry , @theestallion , @tatianaelizabeth

What’s your favorite album out right now & why?

Alasia: Meek - Championships & Lil Durk - Signed to the Streets 3

What are your self-care rituals/tips? How do you stay looking so bomb!?

Alasia: hmm, good question. I learn from YouTube for makeup and hair.

What was your 1.11ven moment /a time you realized you could do anything you set out to do?

Alasia: I’ve always known I could do anything. You ask anybody that’s known me since I was young, they’ll tell you. I’ve always been a creative and always been a hustler.

If you could give one piece of advice to young girls out there, what would it be?

Alasia: Turn your hobbies into money.

What are some upcoming projects that we can expect to see you flourish in?

Alasia: A men’s brand.


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