Who we are
Fun Q&A with Masha and Julia.
1) Since we know that each business day starts and sometimes ends with a coffee, how do you take yours?
Masha: Haha, ALL day long - with oat milk.
Julia: Pure black - no coffee, no life.
2) What types of music are you into? And what do you listen to while working?
M: Uhm, at this stage in my life, it's mostly "Baby Shark" and "Let It Go" when I am not working, so I am totally out of touch with music. I let Julia choose the playlist, otherwise it would just be Buddha Bar on repeat - over and over and over.
J: I'd like to say I like black metal, but I am not sure I can stand the screaming in my ears. Haha, mostly we are blasting some 00's mix from highschool days. It's a pretty embarrassing playlist at this point.
3) How would your 10-year-old self react to what you do?
M: She would be pretty thrilled that I've fulfilled her dream of owning a clothing shop. It may not have a physical location, but 10-year-old me could not have dreamt that such an online shop would even exist.
J: 10-year-old me could have never even imagined that I would be here - in Canada let alone working in a small independant apparel company. She would however be exceedingly proud that I am here, sharing my ideas in a creative avenue and inspiring others to do the same.
4) How know you've "made it"?
M& J: When everyone is wearing a Masha Apparel Sweater!! Haha.
5) And now, one more serious Q, how do you each feel about working with each other?
M: Julia, is very different from me, but in a complimentary way, we are like ying and yang. Everything that she is good at, I can barely stand to do, and vice versa. I think that is why when I semi-drunkenly proposed the idea that she quit her job and join me, it was like a lightbulb that went off in both our heads.
J: I'm still recovering from the hangover. Haha, but in all seriousness it's been pretty awesome.
We hope you enjoyed our Q&A. If you have some questions for us for future please send them over!
- From Masha and Julia with love
More about US - Dyeing you unique
Coco Chanel said, “In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” But sometimes, being different feels a lot like being alone. With apparel that’s uniquely you, you can be different and ‘dyenomite’ - both at the same time! (See what we did there?)
In an effort to make you feel unique and special, we bring a lot of fresh approach to the technique. We borrow from nature and get inspired by art - be it abstract expressionists like Pollock or the dark mythical forest of Baba Yaga. We mix that with grunge, and voilà - you have tie-dyes that’s nothing like traditional or what you’ve seen before!
Each piece is individually hand-dyed by Masha - the creator of Masha Apparel and the driving force behind each and every dye that’s so unique! She doesn’t follow rules well, so many of the dyes are her impromptu creations - AKA results of the ‘oops moments’. But as Ms. Frizzle always said, “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy” - so she did!
Because we care about size inclusivity, all our ladies collection come in sizes up to 3XL and all of our tees, hoodies, and crewnecks are unisex! And because we put a lot of emphasis on sustainability, our ladies collection is manufactured locally in Toronto, Canada using only ethical labor as well as friendlier fabrics such as organic cotton.
So go ahead and get yourself a tee or two - they’re so cloud-soft and cozy, you won’t wanna take them off!