Our Story

we’re intentional about creating beauty in the garments we sell as well as in the lives of those who make them.

swahlee creates safe, collaborative, and ethical jobs for young people, particularly women, in northeast India who would otherwise leave the region in search of work elsewhere.

the name swahlee is based on the assamese word for “girl.”

utilizing northeast India’s greatest resource: an untapped, vibrant young labor force and India’s beautiful textile tradition, swahlee aspires to be a new kind of clothing brand.

Our People

we encourage our team to think ahead and dream big.

for some, that may be advancement to a leadership position within our company. for others, it may mean setting off to explore a new passion in the wider world.

all of our staff receive a fair and living wage. swahlee employees benefit from night school courses offered by our local partner trust to further their education and skills.

Our Product

the way we construct our clothing says a lot about our fashion philosophy.

we radically believe that clothing should be made to last, passed down from mother to daughter, sister to sister, friend to friend – like they used to be not so many generations ago.

swahlee dresses are created to be versatile, high quality, and long lasting. we focus on modern yet classic silhouettes that will be as timeless in wardrobes years from now as they are today.

we aim to be good stewards of people and planet by upcycling our materials from surplus and deadstock markets or sourcing from likeminded ethical suppliers, always focusing on all-natural fabrics.

our dresses are made with convenience and longevity in mind with attention to details such as pockets and ease of care.

a swahlee dress looks and feels “put together” yet effortless. after all, it’s not about the dress but the life lived in it.