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The Double Meaning Behind Sansom Street's SA VA

Van Aken (right) and a customer at SA VA. Image credit: R. Kennedy for <a href="">GPTMC</a>
Van Aken (right) and a customer at SA VA. Image credit: R. Kennedy for GPTMC

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Sansom Street's SA VA can outfit the modern working woman in no time flat, but that's just scratching the surface of what the eco-conscious boutique is all about. A practice in sustainability—all day, every day—most of the garments sold at the store are manufactured within SA VA's on-site garment center, using responsibly-sourced textiles and ethical business practices.

Similarly, the boutique's name is more than meets the eye. True, it's a play on the name of entrepreneur/founder Sarah Van Aken, but there's more to it than that. Van Aken explains:

SA VA is, in fact, the first two letters of my first and last name, Sarah Van Aken but more than that. When I was dreaming about launching our brand and opening a retail store to sell it in, I had a lot of French and French-speaking friends, old school La Colombe crowd. They would alway say, 'Ca Va, Ca Va Bien?' It's a salutation—hello or goodbye, or how are you. Literally translated it means 'there it is,' which seemed so perfect for our socially driven, classic-contemporary fashion.

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