STEM Dresses Actually Handmade to Order in USA

Berkeley, California

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Holly Renee

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Holly Renee


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About Shenova

Sales 543
On Etsy since 2012

Smart Fashion for Chic Geeks

Shenova is a fashion brand that empowers women. It embraces the current trend of the rise of the Era of The Female, especially in the fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). In an area that is typically Yang male-dominated, women bring a special Yin spirit, creativity and intuition to their work. Shenova embraces this special female power and looks to celebrate femininity, not deny it.

The prints of Shenova clothing are exclusive to the brand and designed by Holly Renee. Her inspirations come from her own life experience and are rooted in her Eastern philosophy of balancing Feminine /Yin and Masculine/ Yang. Happily growing up on the East Coast with a brilliant molecular biologist as a mother, she was shown behind the scenes of a working woman scientist from a young age.

Later after moving to the Bay Area to study her passion of fashion design at the Academy of Art University in 2003, she found herself inspired by the mixed cultures of the area which included Eastern philosophy and Chinese Medicine. Her curiosity sparked, she decided to shift gears after fashion school and enrolled in an East/West Integrative Acupuncture school at AIMC Berkeley. There she acquired a deep understanding of Taosim, Herbology, Physiology and Acupuncture. Craving more knowledge after that, she also got a Nutritionist Certification from Bauman College.

Always with a passion for art, fashion and design, Holly finally found herself armed with a message and a voice she wanted to express : she wanted to make fashion that meant something. She wanted to make fashion that expressed to others their passion for specific subjects; that would help them meet and connect others: a form of an ice-breaking communication. After educating herself and learning about deeply inspiring philosophies, she felt moved into action and started sewing her ideas in 2011. After some experimentation and some great feedback, she started to find her groove with Digital Fabric Printing technology: a highly customized, low-waste, low-minimums printing method. Shenova had its first fashion show in September of 2012 in San Francisco Fashion Week and was a great success.

Since then she has been dedicated and working hard on creating the best quality, most meaningful product possible. Always exploring new universal themes, she continues to expand the line and has met some incredible people along the way. She works out of her studio in Berkeley, an eclectic city across the bay from San Francisco, known to have the most geniuses of anywhere in the US! Needless to say, she's met some inspiring folks all over the Bay Area that fuel her creatively: technologists, coders, designers, artists, countless enthusiastic people in the heart of the Silicon Valley Startup world.

Each piece is quality handmade to order one by one by her seamstress and printed in San Francisco. By purchasing an item from Shenova, you are helping to support a local artist, local economy and the handmade slow fashion movement. Thank you so much for your support!

Holly is always looking for collaborators, and if you have input or any ideas you'd like to share, please contact her at shenovafashion [!at] or on social media.

Shop members

  • Holly Renee

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Things that make me happy: nature walks, bright colors, techno dancing, TEA, new fabrics(!!!), delicious meals with friends, good conversation

Shop policies

Last updated on October 25, 2021
Welcome to my shop!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 3 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 14 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
Each dress is custom printed, individually sewn to order just for you.

We are dedicated to delivering you a special product that you will love, enjoy and wear over and over again!

Please take time to order the correct size because return costs are difficult for our small business to absorb! See our website to calculate your size.

Please do not order several sizes with the intent of returning the others.

Purchasing clothing intended for a gift is so very kind of you, but fit can be quite tricky to get right so perhaps best to avoid having to return the item.

We reserve the right to deny a return/refund in certain cases such as:

***If the item is sent back with any strong perfume smells, deodorant markings, makeup, stains, signs of wear, torn etc a refund will not be issued. Also If the item was purchased as a gift and it did not fit. No exceptions***

In order to be eligible for Return/Refunds:

Contact me within 3 days of your item being delivered.

Returns will not be accepted if item is not mailed back within 14 days of your return label being issued.
Everything is custom made to order.

General shipping around 20-25 days as of 2021

Some international orders may take longer depending on customs. For domestic items I will send out a confirmation for your USPS shipping information.

International orders, ***Please note***

Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding or buying.
Additional policies and FAQs

1. What is the fabric like? Does it fade in the wash or do the inks run out?

I work primarily with lycra/spandex fabric and organic cotton jerseys. The lycra spandex has a silky smooth hand feel to it and it stretches well but doesn't sag after wearing. It is a nice quality, not so thick so that it doesn't breathe, but opaque enough to be a supportive fabric for a nice wrinkle -free drape on the body. The prints on this fabric will not fade, run, or shrink, and can be washed normally in the washer.

2. Do you make plus sizes?

Yes up to XXL

3. Do you make men's wear?

I'm considering adding a few items. Follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter (@Shenovafashion) for updates on when that will happen.

4. I work in an obscure STEM field. Can I suggest a design?

I love suggestions! That's how some of my most popular items came to be. Like the Pink Neuroscience dress. Contact me with your idea and I will add it to my inspiration bank. :)