Announcement *Our current turnaround/stitching time is 6-8 weeks right now, This week use Holiday Coupon Code ALORA2017 to take 10% off your purchase! Welcome to Alora Safari, a Luxury fashion brand specializing in custom and couture formal wear for special occasions and events. Find us on Facebook and Instagram @alorasafari for special offers and more design photos.
*Our current turnaround/stitching time is 6-8 weeks right now, This week use Holiday Coupon Code ALORA2017 to take 10% off your purchase! Welcome to Alora Safari, a Luxury fashion brand specializing in custom and couture formal wear for special occasions and events. Find us on Facebook and Instagram @alorasafari for special offers and more design photos.
From Pre-School Teacher to Full Time Designer
Alora Safari Co. was born in 2011 out of a necessity for change. Amanda Folz, the owner and designer for Alora Safari Co., was living out her mornings with 24 tiny toddlers, gluing shapes to cardboard cut-outs and wiping noses as a pre-school teacher. She loved her job working with children, but as a new mommy her heart yearned to care for her own child. One day she decided that life was too short to settle for less than her heart's desires and she embarked on her Dream Journey: To be the best mommy and wife she could be, make beautiful clothing, and impact others one smile at a time.
The words "Alora Safari" translate to English as "My Dream Journey" ... It is funny how God opens doors for us to pursue our passions and use our gifts. When Amanda was a teenager she had books of clothing designs and sketches, but as she grew she put them away to pursue a more "realistic" future. Now she designs and sews beautiful clothing, stays at home with her two little boys, and enjoys her business' involvement in overseas ministry: advocating for victims of trafficking and exploitation.
Together, we encourage you to follow your passions and never dismiss a dream. Amanda can honestly say that she is much happier as a seamstress and designer than she was in a profession that was not her passion. We appreciate your orders more than you could know, you have made it possible for Amanda and dozens of women around the world live out a dream.
God bless you,
Alora Safari Co.
Owner, Designer, CEO
I invite you to explore my designs and fall in love with my vision for this small company. It is my dream to use this business as a resource to help others in need while offering top quality, high society, couture, innovative designs to my clients.
Welcome to Alora Safari Co.
hours: we are open all the time for your shopping pleasure, however we try to answer messages etc. during weekday business hours from 9am-5pm. thank you for your patients as it may require several days to reply to your messages.
*I am a stay at home mommy who loves to create accessories that make women feel beautiful, glamorous, and special. There is something inside of us that longs to unveil beauty to the world around us at every stage of life. Whether you are shopping for a little girl that desires to be a princess, a child that longs to feel delighted in, a teenager that wants to feel radiant, a bride that deserves elegance, or a mom that just needs to have something special, my hope is that you will find it here at Alora Safari Co, Couture Designs for Special Occasions.
Please note the following to avoid legal ramifications:
All professional photographs are copyrighted by the Photographers and are property of Alora Safari Co. Do not copy/print/publish photographs for personal or commercial use without permission from Alora Safari Co.
All designs are handcrafted by Amanda Folz and are intellectual property of Alora Safari Co. Please respect the designer by not duplicating any of the designs for commercial sale.
DO NOT purchase items from Alora Safari Co. with intention to resale at higher prices. We do NOT offer wholesale at this time. Please do not claim any of the designs purchased at Alora Safari Co. to be anything other than handcrafted items by Amanda Folz.
Do Not copy Alora Safari Logo, Avatar, Banner, Web Design, etc. Graphic designs and logos are property of Alora Safari Co.
Thank You for respecting the property of Alora Safari Co.
Accepted payment methods
**please note that refunds and order cancellations can take up to a week+ to issue, thank you for your patients
Items are typically shipped by USPS economy mail unless the listing says it includes Priority Mail Shipping. The delivery time is estimated to be 1-7 business days for standard shipping, and priority mail is between 1-4 business days (from the date an item is shipped).
Please see our shop announcements for the current turn around time for dresses and accessories which can range from 4-10 or more weeks depending on the season and our current order load. Orders are completed based on the date of purchase and the requested delivery date. For example, if you place your order in June and your wedding is in December, your estimated shipping date might be September, but if you enter a requested delivery date of November you can expect the dress to arrive by November as requested.
Please send me a message if you have any questions about when your item will be shipped before placing your order. We do not guarantee estimated shipping dates, but we can give you an estimate.
Ship Date/Turnaround Time
**please understand that the estimated shipping date on your receipt is exactly that, an estimate. The turnaround time for custom made designer dresses can range from 4 weeks to 10 weeks or more depending on the season and current order load. I do not guarantee shipment by the date that is automatically calculated by Etsy and is printed on your receipt. Please always make sure to enter a requested delivery date and your event date to ensure that the dress will arrive on time. I receive hundreds of orders every year and is there is not a date on your order form it is possible that your dress will not arrived by the date that you need it by.
**please allow for additional time when ordering multiple dresses, for example, two or more dresses placed by the same customer or by different customers for the same bridal party.
** please allow additional time when placing a custom order that requires color or design changes. I typically have to make new patterns and order custom materials which will effect the turn around time.
**Please note that for orders outside the US shipping expenses are greater and there is no package tracking system for USPS at this time. It is helpful if you provide your phone number for the international shipping documents.
**Please also note that if your package is delivered to your address and you are not there to receive it you will need to pick it up from your local post office within the time specified by your delivery man. If your item is returned back to me you must pay additional shipping expenses to have your item re-shipped. If an item is returned to my address and i do not receive a reply to an e-mail within one month you will be refunded for your item, but not refunded for the shipping expense, as long as it was not a custom order (custom orders can not be refunded).
**Each transaction will have a separate shipping expense, dresses are generally packaged individually to prevent damage to the gowns.
WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE for lost or stolen packages!!
TURN AROUND TIME:
the typical turn around time is 8 weeks on dress orders, but ranges between 4-10 or more weeks during the peak of wedding season. I do my best to complete them within that time frame, but it is absolutely not guaranteed. Please enter a requested delivery date at checkout and I will do my best to get it to you by that date, also include the actual event date so that i can make sure it arrives on time for your event if for some reason there is a shipping delay. PLEASE note that when more than one dress is purchased for the same event that there could be a delay in shipment, custom orders that depend on custom materials also require additional time, so make sure that you include the event date at checkout to make sure it reaches you at least the week before the event. It is best to place your order 10-15 weeks before your event or requested delivery date to avoid any complications with delivery or alterations that may arise. thank you for your purchase.
Refunds and Exchanges
My goal is to make you as a customer happy. I do not normally accept returns, but if you are completely dissatisfied with your product, please contact me and we will work something out before leaving negative feedback. No refunds on custom orders.
~Please Read the Item Descriptions Fully and Carefully to insure you are getting what you expect.
~IF FOR ANY REASON YOU NEED TO RETURN AN ITEM the customer is responsible for the shipping expenses. No refunds will be given for damaged or worn items.
**order cancellations and refunds may take a week + to issue, thank you for your patients
Additional policies and FAQs
(for chest circumference measure around child's chest with her arms raised,
and for dress length measure from armpit to the floor).
newborn, 14" chest x 15" dress length
0-3M, 16.5" chest x 15" dress length
3-6M, 17" chest x 16" dress length
9M, 17.5" chest x 17" dress length
12M, 18" chest x 18" dress length
18M, 18.5" chest x 20" dress length
24M,19" chest x 22" dress length
2T, 19.5" chest x 24" dress length
3T, 21"chest x 25" dress length
4T, 22" chest x 27" dress length
5T, 23" chest x 30" dress length
6T, 24" chest x 33" dress length
7/8, 26" chest x 36" dress length
9/10, 28" chest x 40" dress length
*Larger sizes (Children’s Sizes/Girls Sizes/ Junior Sizes are available only when specified in a listing. Most dresses are not available in larger sizes above 5/6T, however skirt & top sets and custom skirt & top designs are always available in larger sizes).
Measurements: chest - circumference around chest with arms raised
Dress length - from the center of the chest/ sternum to the floor ( this gives me the measurement for the tutu portion of your dress)
TURN AROUND TIME:
the typical turn around time is 8 weeks on dress orders. I do my best to complete them within that time frame, but it is absolutely not guaranteed. Please enter a requested delivery date at checkout and I will do my best to get it to you by that date, also include the actual event date so that i can make sure it arrives on time for your event if for some reason there is a shipping delay. PLEASE note that when more than one dress is purchased for the same event that there could be a delay in shipment, so make sure that you include the event date at checkout to make sure it reaches you at least the week before the event. It is best to place your order 10 weeks before your event or requested delivery date to avoid any complications with delivery or alterations that may arise. thank you for your purchase.
MESSAGES/ CONTACT INFO:
Please contact me through my Etsy shop, and not through e-mail or telephone. Please note that it may take a week for me to respond to messages personally, we are very busy with orders and though your questions are important it takes several hours a week to respond to messages and the more time I spend on the computer means the less time spent completing dresses. Please READ the listing you are purchasing carefully, most questions can be answered by reading the listings and policy section.
Custom orders are welcomed and encouraged. I am excited to create something unique just for you. Just message me and we will begin to design your custom item together.
*CAUTION! Potential choking hazards. Infants and Children should wear product under adult supervision. Practice Safe sleep with your baby, don’t leave child unattended while wearing products.
Photographers: if you are a professional photographer with professional camera and editing software we do offer discounts or exchange goods for services on certain items. I look forward to working with you.
ALL PHOTOS AND LOGOS ARE PROPERTY OF ALORA SAFARI CO.
Thank you for not using my images for your purposes.
Thank You for shopping with us!
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders
All of our designs are Handmade by the designer in the USA. Yes, we can customize the color and style of the Gown you have selected or create you something custom for special events. Please send us a message to inquire about customization
Yes, you can send measurements for a perfect fit. We would just need her chest circumference measurement, and a dress length measurement from under her arm all the way to the floor or desired length. If you are ordering a dress with sleeves, you can measure the inseam of her arm from armpit to wrist for sleeve length
Turnaround time and shipping
Our current turnaround time is noted in our shop announcement section. Our average turnaround time is six to eight weeks, but this can vary depending on the season between 4 and 10 weeks. Please remember that each dress is Handmade by the designer in the USA, and when we have 20 - 40 dress orders a month the turnaround time is affected.