In a moment of inspiration before a trip to Asia in 1996, the YALA founder sewed two sheets together and called it a Dreamsack. (We look forward to telling you more about that fascinating story another time, so stay tuned!) No matter where she went on that journey, her and her family could snuggle into clean sheets at the end of each day.
Our offerings have expanded many times over since then to include bedding, sleepwear, womenswear, and a brand new bamboo mens’ line, but YALA is still owned and run by women.
New Owners for a New Beginning
Long-time besties, travelers, and YALA employees took the helm as YALA’s new owners in September 2019.
To all our loyal customers, thank you for supporting our women-owned, women-run business all these years. Check out these facts from the National Association of Women Run Businesses...
- In the US alone, 11.6 million women-owned businesses employ nearly 9 million people.
- The number of women-owned businesses in the US has grown 114% since the year 2000, compared to 44% overall.
- Women-owned businesses account for 39% of US businesses but only 4% of small business loan dollars.
- Some studies show that women reinvest up to 90 percent of their income in their families and communities, compared to just 40 percent for men.
A Vision for the Future of Women-Owned Businesses
Here at YALA, we truly believe buying from women-owned businesses can be a vote for positive change in the world. We will continue to fulfill this potential through business practices that emphasize sustainability and social responsibility on every step of the journey.