KiSwahili Dress is a stunning mix fabric dress. Featuring an African wax print and brown skirt. But that is not all when you purchase you get to choose your own print to make the dress unique to you. Print in picture is for illustration. Made with the finest aesthetic considerations of balance and elegance. The skirt mirrors the fabric on the top and has embroidery and sheriba for edging. Not only is it elegant, it is a work of art. With attention to detail. Pick your size, cut, and fabric accents.
We are offering these dresses in two lengths: Standard (as pictured) and Wedding (full OTT skirt). All designs are bespoke. And we need all your body measurements to make it.
CRITICAL: You must also supply your sizes for an exact fit. All dresses come with a 4" seam allowance which is enough to allow them to go up and down a complete dress size. So dresses can be adjusted at your destination to get a refined fit.
Please note styles vary from design to design, exact style in photograph is not possible as each dress is unique to each customer.
*All items are hand tailored and take approx 21 WORKING DAYS, EXPRESS SHIPPING AVAILABLE;
It is always best to hand-wash expensive garments or machine wash them alone as not to damage the fabric or the accents. Machine Wash Cold Gentle, Do Not Bleach, Iron Low Heat, Do Not Dry Clean, Do Not Tumble Dry
Please check with our size chart before ordering. As we cannot refund due to size error. Each display items comes with as much information so you can gauge which size is best for you. Most African clothing is worn loose. So a person who is large may choose an extra large for a more flowing fit. Some sizes take longer and our expected transit time attempts to accommodate for all possible delays.
Ocacia designer range and other brands sold on this site are not mass manufactured. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. We cannot accept undamaged returns. Check sizes before ordering. These are uniquely handcrafted attire. As such there will be subtle variations from garment-to-garment. But the good news is that every garment is unique. And you know that you are wearing something tailored for you. If you want customized cuts you can contact us and discuss modification. There is a standard charge for this.
All transactions are 100% secure. And handled by the Halaqah Media Group. Your account is not processes until we start customizing your order. We use PayPal and 2Checkout for all transactions. Both services protect and insure your purchase. So you are in safe hands.
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OCACIA SIZE GUIDE | THIS PAGE IS VERY IMPORTANT
WE DO NOT DO REFUNDS ON SIZE ERRORS. Ocacia specializes in tailored garments which means we cut the clothes just for you. Our standard patterns work charms, but it is your responsibility to also email us after ordering your custom measurements. And you (not us) must make 100% sure you are sending measurements according to our requirements (not the requirements of Gucci, or your local tailor). We cannot accept made-up "left nose to my ankle" measurements. Only what is listed below. We will not go back and forth with odd measurements and the tailors will default to our stock measurements if there is doubt. As they only want to cut when it is time to process your order.
Our Vulcan designs are fitted closer to the body while most of our African attire is loose. Our casual pants are loose, while the formal is less so, with our denim naturally not baggy or slim cut. If you are ordering a collar please send us your neck size. If you know you have a unique body please you must send us your measurements. If, for example, you are tall but only a medium. Then we will have to make the medium shirt longer. If you have a very muscular build but are short, we need to know. The correct fit is critical for our clothes to look their best. Also note different fabric sits differently. We cannot cover everything but this is our guide.
Below is our size guide which allows for size pricing. So pick the size that best matches your chest first.
Often neglected but critical in getting that tailored look. You do not want your garment dropping off your shoulders.
Please use the video below to get your sleeve measurment:
Please do not send any other measurement sleeve method.
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All images are strictly for illustration purposes. Please contact us if you are concerned about any specific details you need because our clothes are handmade and vary; buttons may change, closures vary, prints change, etc. Fabric, colors, and embroidery is not something that can match 100%. We specialize in bespoke hand-crafted clothes. The photos are illustrations of designs we make, but no two designs will ever be the same. Any further customization is at your own risk. Communication of any design changes must be in one email and clear. However, we are creative people and our creativity is what you trust. Please make sure you clarify any customizations in an email (with order number) after purchasing as well as before. But we accept responsibility for blatant mistakes we make when there is a clear error on our part. We do not accept minor variations as mistakes. Again, we do Bespoke work, which is very different from ready-made clothes purchased at stores. We do not accept refunds or returns (due to our geography in Africa), all major disputes are handled by credit notes only.
If you want to customize items beyond what is available through our customization module you can contact us and discuss modifications. But know that by doing so you are trusting our creative judgment of what you communicate to us and you do so at your own risk. We can discuss the ideas initially via email, but for us to formally go ahead and research, fabric source, with any customizations require you first purchase the item you need customizing. We cannot engage in a protracted design discussion unless the item is already purchased.
All and any disputes must be reported within the first 7 days of receiving the items. We do not accept disputes raised weeks or months after this. If a garment fails or an error occurs then you must inform us immediately. If a garment arrives with a defect or parts are missing you must inform us immediately. We do not do refunds in the event of mistakes, we either replace, give discounts on future orders, or credit notes. Please respect our rules as they exist for a reason. We would not be able to offer our unique design services without these clauses in place.
It is always best to hand-wash expensive garments or machine wash them alone as not to damage the fabric or the accents. Machine Wash Cold Gentle, Do Not Bleach, Iron Low Heat, Do Not Dry Clean, Do Not Tumble Dry. If you must use a machine, turn the clothes inside-out, and do not mix with other garments.
Please check with our size chart before ordering. As we cannot refund due to size error. Each display item comes with as much information so you can gauge which size is best for you. Most African clothing is worn loose. So a person who is large may choose an extra-large for a more flowing fit. Some sizes take longer and our expected transit time attempts to accommodate for all possible delays. Our Vulcan designs are naturally a slim fit so always send in your body measurements. Not all our clothes are the same because some designs are slim to create a look some are baggy. Same with our jeans in doubt, tell you what you want after ordering in an email.
Ocacia designer range and other brands sold on this site are not mass manufactured. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. We cannot accept undamaged returns. Check sizes before ordering. Send your measurements per our size page to avoid any confusion. Our clothes are uniquely handcrafted attire. As such there will be subtle variations from garment to garment. But the good news is that every garment is unique. And you know that you are wearing something tailored for you. If you want customized cuts you can contact us and discuss modifications. But it is impossible to carbon copy garments and our pictures and colors are only for illustration purposes.
Ocacia designer range and other brands sold on this site are not mass manufactured. When you order we make the clothes just for you. A single tailor makes your item just for you. We quote 21 working days, but orders usually are sent much sooner. We do not like to rush our work, and rather it is slightly late than slightly wrong. Special order items take a little longer. Please note that due to COVID-19 this information fluctuates daily.
All transactions are 100% secure. And handled by the Halaqah Media Group. Your account is not charged until we start customizing your order. We use PayPal and 2Checkout for all transactions. Both services protect and insure your purchase. So you are in safe hands.
Quality Control: Did you know each shirt we make spends 25 - 30 minutes being ironed and while being carefully ironed it undergoes a 10 point quality control?
- Check the general quality of the item
2. Quality of construction
3. Fit, fitted on a human being and checked
4. Thread quality
5. fabric fade or damage check
6. Alignment check
7. embroidery integrity check
8. Size check and customization check against the order
9. Ironing quality
10. Packaging check
At Ocacia we are straightforward and not bound by "corporate fake" culture. We have permanent values and our promise is to hold through to those regardless. Because on any given day someone will be happy with you or upset with you. But our values must be fixed. We value a relationship with our clients, we do not believe that is something thrown in the dustbin after knowing someone for 3 years and having an excellent track record.
Every company writes a beautiful write-up on how they are dedicated to customer care. But we are judged only by our actions, not our pretty words. How strong is a bridge? You only know when you try to cross it. And this is what customer service really means. How does a company perform when you need their service? How easy was it to find a contact to contact, how fast did they reply, how stress-free was the experience, how professional was that response, and ultimately did they comprehend and understand your issue and solve it in an expedient information way? At Ocacia we also talk to you like a person straight and clear, not like an infallible arrogant organization talking down to its subjects. We are someone's customers too and we emphasize and structure our customer care from the position of customers. So the question we ask is "What would we want if we were customers of Ocacia?"
A lot of the problems in this world are due to communication. or just plain old lack of communication. So out of the gates, we know that whatever we do, make sure our communication is always something we look to improve. You can never be too good at it. How many times do you email a company and never get a reply? So much so that sometimes you do not even bother to use email as a method of communication because standards are so varied. Reminds me of walking up to a house and seeing a broken doorbell. There is a good chance that pressing it is a waste of time. So as a business we want to rebuild confidence in communication. To let our clients know that when they contact us, they are getting through instantly.
WHAT WE DO NOT CARE FOR
We are an African-conscious business. Our clothes are mirrors of our worldview and African culture. We want to create positive energy and a civilized world. This is not a street market and conducts everything with regard to our business with class. The classless can take their money and shop elsewhere. When you contact someone you are expected to be professional, not vague and laidback. Treat people like how you want to be treated. If you ask a proper question, chances are you will get a good reply. If anyone was to email Amazon and say;
"Hi dude, where is my order?"
I think you would be shocked if you ever got a reply. No one reads minds, so what you write is critical to the response you get. Yet when it comes to African-owned businesses people will write a lot of vague incoherence and expect a response.
"I spent $200 with you! where is my order?"
At Ocacia makes no difference if you spent $2 or $2000 we only have one service. You are our client and a client is a client and all our policies extend even when we do free work.
OUR VALUES UPFRONT
Our client service is not rooted in any ridiculous mythology called the customer is always right. The customer can only be right when the customer is right. If you order a large and we sew a small, then the customer is right. If you order a yellow shirt and we make a yellow shirt and then you complain-- you are not right. If you order a 21 working day service please do not tell us how terrible our service is after 4 days of ordering. We live in a capitalist culture which creates a false sense of what good customer service is. So regardless if you are right or wrong they will refund you and let you be "happy" that is not because they have good customer service that is because they have a system in place where they cannot be bothered with you. They are turning over so much profits that they can afford the 5% ridiculous complaints of spoilt customers. It is just basic maths. At Ocacia we are not modeled that way and we try to establish good terms and conditions and stick to the terms and conditions and values we have established. The Ocacia name and the Ocacia values dictate our quality of service. We are right and wrong by our ability to adhere to them. If any of these standards is found wanting, then we will review and replace it. But we believe in an equitable world of right and wrong, of discussion and understanding.