What is the Sanaya Set?
The Sanaya Set is a seasonal collection of lifestyle products that we have curated to enhance your beauty inside and out. Each item is carefully sourced to ensure our collection aligns with our principles, which are guided by intersectional feminism. Our goal for the Sanaya Set is to positively impact social justice, while empowering womxn who are brave enough to pursue their passions.
With every purchase you make, 10% of net proceeds will go to an organization aligned with our mission. Additionally, we highlight womxn who are making a difference in our communities through their commitment to social justice.
Why do you spell 'womxn' with an x?
At the Sanaya Set, we have adopted 'womxn' to show solidarity with the trans community, as this is one of many ways we seek to promote intersectionality. To learn more about this spelling of womxn, click here. We think that we should all be focusing on the different ways we can elevate intersectionality in our daily lives, and we believe in doing what we can (and always striving to do more, learn more) to show our solidarity with the trans and non-binary communities. This means learning to ask about preferred gender pronouns and teaching our kids about how to respect and make people feel comfortable just being themselves. While the Sanaya Set may not be a good fit for everyone, we want to ensure our values are clear.
What was the inspiration to create the Sanaya Set?
We came together with the realization that it was time to pursue our passions- to do more to empower womxn globally. As first-generation South Asian womxn, our life experiences have shown us that feminism goes beyond gender. We believe in intersectional feminism, which is aimed at understanding overlapping identities and how these factors impact the way we experience oppression and discrimination. These include race, class, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and other backgrounds. This is how the Sanaya Set was born- there is no time better than the present to use our voices to say and do the right thing. For ourselves, for our peers, and most importantly, for future generations.
What is social justice x self-care?
Our mission is deeply rooted in being champions for social justice. Social justice is broadly defined as justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within society- racial equality, gender equality, equal access to healthcare, and economic justice are a few examples. The social justice movement is growing with each day, and it is our goal to continually growth with it. We recognize our privilege and strive to put it into action- to positively impact social justice.
We believe that self-care is critical to maintaining strength for this movement. This means being as kind to yourself as you are to others. Self-care to us means nourishing your mind, body and soul. We understand self-care goes beyond the Sanaya Set. However, we do take a lot of care in curating the items we include in our collections. If our mission and products resonate with you, the Sanaya Set is a meaningful way to treat yourself and/or loved ones, while also positively impacting social justice.
What is intersectional feminism?
Intersectional Feminism goes beyond gender. It is aimed at understanding women's overlapping identities and how these factors impact the way we experience oppression and discrimination. These include race, class, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and other backgrounds.
Intersectional Feminism to us means showing each other greater understanding- recognizing our diversity makes us stronger, makes us beautiful. Most importantly, it means pulling each other up. This is why we focus on sourcing our collections predominantly from womxn owned businesses, with an emphasis on businesses owned by womxn of color and/or those from marginalized communities. We also work with organizations and fair trade companies who elevate womxn globally. We collaborate with like minded businesses who are committed to positively impacting social justice.
How does the Sanaya Set give back?
The Sanaya Set gives back in multiple ways. In curating our products, we focus on sourcing predominantly from womxn owned businesses, with an emphasis on businesses owned by womxn of color and/or those from marginalized communities. We also work with organizations and fair trade companies who elevate womxn globally. We collaborate with like minded businesses who are committed to positively impacting social justice and whose values are aligned with ours.
Additionally, each season, we choose a charitable organization that is aligned with our mission to highlight – 10% of our net proceeds from each set are donated to this organization. Our hope is that with each Sanaya Set, we can do the most good not only for the charitable organizations we support, but also for womxn entrepreneurs who are brave enough to pursue their passions.
I see that Sanaya Set gives back to charitable organizations, but you are not a non-profit company?
Our mission is rooted in social justice, self-care, and intersectional feminism. We are committed to elevating womxn globally, with an emphasis on womxn of color and/or those from marginalized communities. We are also committed to proving that you can source responsibly, give back to organizations that positively impact social justice, and still be a thriving business. We want to show the world that doing the right thing, doing good- can also make good business sense. At the Sanaya Set, we are doing business with a conscience.