Tara Sartoria is a small, women-owned business based in Chicago, U.S.
It was founded by Tara Nguyen. She launched Tara Sartoria in November 2020 with her savings and a dream to create a business that supports artisans and women.
Tara Sartoria works directly with artisans in ancient silk villages in Vietnam. Tara Sartoria clothing is handcrafted in limited quantities and follows sustainable practice: minimal packaging, handmade production with low impact on the environment, zero waste of fabric, and usage of eco-friendly materials.
By providing flexible work at fair wages, university scholarships, and donating 10% of our profits, Tara Sartoria lends women in disadvantaged communities a helping hand on the path to a brighter future. When these women succeed, they lift the hopes and dreams of the whole community.
We are named for Tara, the Buddhist goddess of compassion and protection, to honor the women whose lives we touch for the better. Tara, my English name, was born from a lotus, the flower you see in our name. Sartoria, Italian for a tailor's shop, honors the handmade in our clothing.
Let me tell you a story. I grew up in a small town in Vietnam. Nearby, there is a silk village that has been producing silk for over 1,000 years. My grandmother’s most prized clothing items were the silk pants and shirts that kept her cool during the oppressively hot and humid summer days She gave me the love and reverence for this precious natural fabric - light as air, flows like water on your skin, soft like an early morning gentle breeze, and naturally thermoregulating. It keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
I got a scholarship to go overseas to study. I learnt first hand about the power of education and economic opportunity in changing one’s life. It changed mine, my mom’s, my cousins’, and many other women in my community. It is my commitment to make the kind of opportunities I had available for other women in my community.
After finishing my PhD, I had a successful career and quickly learnt that it came at a considerable cost. I often worked late into the night. I did not sleep well. I neglected self care. I had no time. As I turned 40, I embarked on a journey to take better care of myself. A journey that took me back to my root, including rediscovering the ancient, beautiful world of silk.
With Tara Sartoria, I bring together my love for silk, my commitment to women empowerment and my wish to support traditional silk artisans who are preserving our ancient silk traditions.
I invite you to join me in making beautiful dreams happen. Beautiful dreams when you sleep deep, luxurious and comfortable with our silk products. Beautiful dreams of a better life for the women in Vietnam and Indonesia. Many are able to fulfill their dreams of starting a business or go to university thanks to you (10% profit from your purchase is donated to women's projects).
I invite you to join me in living a story of love and care. Self love. Self care. Love and care for others. Love and care for beautiful things that are made with hearts and soul, made to last, and change your life as well as the lives of others.