Our Story

Una Pluma began on a whim– “if you could do anything, what would you do”? To which Elana (the founder and designer) replied,  “open a shop in Kathmandu”. In 2008 Una Pluma opened its doors for business in a tiny space behind a travel agency. With time the travel agency moved on, and Una Pluma grew into a well-loved shop on the road to the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.

Although the location has changed, Una Pluma’s mission remains the same as the first day it opened its doors- to create comfortable clothing that looks as good as it feels. Elana lovingly designs patterns that take into account both aesthetics and practicality. She develops them into garments that feel so good you won’t want to take them off!

After creating a pattern and perfecting the details through numerous samples, the patterns are sent to the factory in Kathmandu. Elana has known the owners of the factory for over 10 years and is proud to be part of their ethical production, which provides fair wages and offers incredible facilities to work in.

Una Pluma garments are made from Organic Cotton and other natural fibers such as Bamboo and Hemp. All of the dyes used are low impact dyes. One great hope of the company is to reduce the negative impact of clothing production on the environment, as conventionally grown cotton uses more pesticides than almost any other crop in the world.

The garments you will find in our shop are labors of love that not only look amazing and feel soft against your skin but are created with care for this world we live in.


4 Responses to “Our Story”

  1. Sonya Fierst November 25, 2013 at 10:02 pm #

    Elana. You are truly amazing! im so impressed by your work…. what beautiful garments! Love from Northampton.

  2. Elisa December 8, 2013 at 10:06 pm #

    Una Pluma clothes are like the staple items that everyone wants in their closet to interchange and wear every day. They look beautiful on different body types and the fabrics are so soft and comfortable, but with a timeless classy look. I want the Nomad dress in every color.

  3. Joanne January 14, 2014 at 5:51 am #

    I just purchased a nomad dress, and if I ever take it off my body, I will need to know how to care for it when I do laundry. Any specific tips or do’s and don’ts?
    I love this dress.

    • Elana January 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm #

      Thanks Joanne, so happy to hear you love the dress! As far as laundry, machine wash and dry is fine- it is 100% cotton so if you dry it high it may shrink slightly but not too much. Sorry for the delayed reply, our site was down a little last week. Thanks again and keep posted for new spring styles!

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