Personal information we collect
When you visit the Site, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device. Additionally, as you browse the Site, we collect information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Site, and information about how you interact with the Site. We refer to this automatically-collected information as “Device Information”.
We collect Device Information using the following technologies:
- “Cookies” are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
- “Log files” track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.
- “Web beacons”, “tags”, and “pixels” are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.
Additionally when you make a purchase or attempt to make a purchase through the Site, we collect certain information from you, including your name, billing address, shipping address, payment information (including credit card numbers, email address, and phone number. We refer to this information as “Order Information”.
How do we use your personal information?
We use the Order Information that we collect generally to fulfill any orders placed through the Site (including processing your payment information, arranging for shipping, and providing you with invoices and/or order confirmations). Additionally, we use this Order Information to:
- Communicate with you;
- Screen our orders for potential risk or fraud; and
- When in line with the preferences you have shared with us, provide you with information or advertising relating to our products or services.
We use the Device Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site, and to assess the success of our marketing and advertising campaigns).
Sharing you personal Information
We share your Personal Information with third parties to help us use your Personal Information, as described above. For example, we use Shopify to power our online store--you can read more about how Shopify uses your Personal Information here: https://www.shopify.com/legal/privacy. We also use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site -- you can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Finally, we may also share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.
As described above, we use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. For more information about how targeted advertising works, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative’s (“NAI”) educational page at http://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising/how-does-it-work.
You can opt out of targeted advertising by using the links below:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=ads
- Google: https://www.google.com/settings/ads/anonymous
- Bing: https://advertise.bingads.microsoft.com/en-us/resources/policies/personalized-ads
Additionally, you can opt out of some of these services by visiting the Digital Advertising Alliance’s opt-out portal at: http://optout.aboutads.info/.
Do not track
Please note that we do not alter our Site’s data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser.
If you are a European resident, you have the right to access personal information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please contact us through the contact information below.
Additionally, if you are a European resident we note that we are processing your information in order to fulfill contracts we might have with you (for example if you make an order through the Site), or otherwise to pursue our legitimate business interests listed above. Additionally, please note that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to Canada and the United States.
When you place an order through the Site, we will maintain your Order Information for our records unless and until you ask us to delete this information.
For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by e‑mail at Nisha@holagwapa.com or by mail using the details provided below:
H O L A G W A P A
[Re: Privacy Compliance Officer]
4841 Ruette De Mer, Del Mar CA 92130, United States
Nice to meet you
My name is Nisha Btesh
Now allow me to set the scene and explain how I became the Designer & Founder at Hola Gwapa.
The year is 2014 & I’m backstage at New York Fashion Week watching my senior textile collection hit the runway; an honor most designers only ever dream of & I had somehow managed to accomplish before ever even graduating from art school. The future of my creative career felt limitless so immediately following graduation, I confidently set out to pursue my passions as a textile designer & begin building my brand.
But I quickly realized being on my own out in the real world away from the safety net of teachers & peers was scary & lonely! I felt like I had no idea what I was doing & I certainly had no idea how to start a business. Imposter syndrome set in fast & it set in hard but I didn’t let my own self-doubt, lack of income/resources/time/contacts, or even a million failed attempts stop me.
Whatever I didn’t understand I googled & researched until it made sense. If didn’t know how to do something I watched hours of youtube videos on the subject until I felt confident to take on the task or skill. I taught myself how to create a website & put together a line sheet & develop a solid marketing strategy. I researched how to apply for an LLC, & file business taxes. Whether I was designing pillows, purses, accessories, or apparel - I’ve made the trip back & forth from San Diego to LA at least 100 times (while also working my M-F 9-5 career) to establish & build relationships with pattern makers, deadstock fabric warehouses, & ethical production factories. Slowly but surely I cultivated my own experiences in the fashion industry & regained the confidence to launch my very own small batch, slow fashion line - Gwapa.
Now a brand, online shop, podcast, blog and a growing community of 10K+ creatives from all over the world - I share my story for those who are putting in the time and the work it takes to accomplish great things and for those who still don’t believe they have what it takes. Commit to your vision, move at your own pace, stay focused & let this be your reminder that it may take time & grit & sacrifice but you are capable & it is possible.