Celebrating Women’s Day Every Day

At I was a Sari, every single day is International Women’s Day. One of the key aspects of our circular business model lies in our commitment to community and empowering local women who hail from underprivileged backgrounds, by offering them secure, enduring employment. March shines the light on the challenges faced by women worldwide, and gives us a chance to tell the story of our 170 artisans, who have not let their origins stop them. Some key facts: 57% never worked before, 55% moved to [...]

By |2021-03-11T17:23:47+05:30March 11th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Spread Love Sustainably

In this uncertain age, February, the month of love, means so much more to us.  Our friendship, admiration, and LOVE is not only extended to the women who make our clothes, but also to the ecosystem in which we live. Making a conscious choice and buying from I was a Sari goes beyond the sustainable planet-friendly product. It also implies that you are empowering someone with steady employment and pioneering eco-conscious habits. Explore our thoughtful and unique range of womenswear, menswear, footwear and more. Our [...]

By |2021-02-26T17:13:49+05:30February 26th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

A Year in Review

Few hugs and kisses were exchanged in 2020. For endless days and months, we yearned for the sound of laughter, energetic chatter and the simplicity of sharing a meal together as an I was a Sari family. For many of our artisans, lockdown meant camping out at homes with no social distancing, sharing sleeping spaces and bathrooms, unable to escape the sort of domestic situations that brought them to us in the first place. With the understanding of how difficult this situation is for them, [...]

By |2021-01-28T18:09:47+05:30January 28th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

63 Sunny Tales from Lockdown

As the saying goes “we’re all in this storm together but we’re all traveling in different sized boats.” 2020 has been the year the world went into lockdown. Staying in and zooming has become the new going out. And lockdown for some of our community has been described as ‘a gift’ - a way to go deeper inside, through creativity and mindful practices. But certainly not for everyone! This is the story of what kept 63 people sane across 16 cities and widely fluctuating income [...]

By |2020-05-26T18:41:55+05:30May 26th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

The genesis of I was a Sari

I was a Sari, a peculiar name for a brand, mostly pronounced with a breath of curiosity. A brand name that makes you question its existence. I was a Sari is not just one of a kind name but also, a one of a kind brand. A brand with a story. There is no dearth of ethical brands today, in fact the concept of giving back to the society is pretty ancient. And after unprecedented rise of consumerism, it is only natural to get to [...]

By |2020-05-25T13:37:07+05:30May 30th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

959 for I was a Sari

Two souls, one philosophy: upcycling Two brands, the first original capsule collection designed exclusively by 959 for I was a Sari   959, a brand that offers a collection of bags and home accessories made with upcycled seat-belts and sustainable materials, is establishing new rules of relationship with the fashion system and design supplies. A brand that is attentive to environmental issues and increasingly projected towards sustainable eco-friendly productions. 959 is a concept, a style, a project that combines design, functionality, and aesthetics through a [...]

By |2020-05-25T11:57:41+05:30July 26th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

I was a Sari’s new collection goes to the Fourth UN Environment Assembly at Nairobi, Kenya

    The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)  hosted a summit for global leaders in environmental sustainability at its campus in Nairobi, Kenya from 11 - 15 March 2019. Fashion was one of the important areas of focus, since there is an urgent need to change its practices. I was a Sari was invited to this event as winners of the Indian Circular Design Challenge. Here’s what went down and why you should care. Why was I was a Sari at the UN Summit? UN [...]

By |2020-05-25T11:56:00+05:30March 19th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments


This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be based in Mumbai leading the design processes of an early stage award-winning circular design brand, I was a Sari. A full-time position sponsored by Chime for Change - Gucci’s inclusion project - and promoted by the Design Department of Politecnico di Milano. We are looking for a passionate and talented fashion designer who can take our brand to the next level in terms of product aesthetics and circular design practices. We currently sell to international [...]

By |2020-05-25T11:53:50+05:30May 25th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Circular Fashion: The New Normal?

Sustainable fashion relies on technological innovations and cultural changes to charge ahead. I was a Sari’s founder, Stefano Funari joined industry heavyweights: Sara Sozzani Maino- Deputy Editor in chief, Vogue Italia and head of Vogue Talents and Bandana Tewari - Sustainability Activist & Columnist at Business of Fashion and formerly the editor at large, of Vogue India, to discuss the struggle and challenges faced by brands taking this path. A panel discussion at the Vogue Italia Scouting For India Event, Mumbai June 2019 While emerging [...]

By |2020-05-25T11:51:32+05:30June 10th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Empowering those who empower us – The Artisans at I was a Sari

What if we told you that the fashionable statements you pick from our eco-friendly fashion store are hand-crafted garments made by women from under-privileged quarters of India? Women in India that hail from marginalised communities are often dealt a bad deal. A problem that is seen in female infanticide, disparity in the women to men ratio all the way up to unequal employment rates; this situation is one that begs immediate attention. In the midst of these challenges posed, social entrepreneurship today acts as a [...]

By |2020-05-25T11:50:35+05:30September 4th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments