In the absence of Pacific Island designers at NZ Fashion Week 2018, we've put together our picks on who we'd love to see show at next years Fashion Week.
FENUA by Freddy
Designer: Freddy Mou
From TAHITI with Love #IAORANA — stylish clothes for VAHINES & TANES who love polynesian/tropical/Tribal patterns [est. 2012]
Facebook: FENUA by Freddy
Designer: Agnes, Jackie, Gina & Charlene Loheni
The four sisters each have their own individual styles that they bring to their collections, but something that they all agree on is that fashion should be 'adventurous, fun and feminine'.
Their vision is to take their slice of paradise to the rest of the world.
Polynesian inspired, contemporary designer wear; Evening dresses, cocktail dresses, Separates, Resort wear.
Mena Website: https://www.menashop.com/
Designer: Elena Tavioni
All garments are locally handpainted and handblock printed in Rarotonga Cook Islands.
TAV specialises in Resort wear / Ready-to-wear with an emphasis on prints and designs derived from the natural environment and Polynesian traditions. TAV also tailors swimwear.
Tav Pacific Website: https://thecookislands.com.au/shop/tav-pacific/
One of the leading retailers of fabrics, uniforms, sporting goods and Polynesian inspired apparel. The blending of Polynesian and Samoan motifs under the following brands which are inspired by the expanded family history of the Carruthers family in Samoa.
Eveni Pacific website https://www.evenipacific.com/collections/new-arrivals
SAMSON LEE FIJI
Designer: Samson Lee
The brand hit the market in 2015, concentrating on their online diaspora market and it’s grown from strength to strength. Two years on Lee who has been touted as the new kid on the ‘fashion’ block to watch, has made a splash in the industry with his bold masi motif prints and vivid colour combinations.
Samson Lee Fiji Website: https://www.samsonleefiji.com/
AFA AH LOO
Designer: Afa Ah Loo
A self-taught, self-made fashion designer, originally from Samoa and now based in the USA.
His aesthetic is mostly women’s evening wear and bridal but he also designs resort, urban street wear, and men’s wear.
Facebook: AFA AH LOO
Designer: Frankie Lolohea
"Learning to be your true, authentic self in a world where conformity is the mode of acceptance. Be you, Be Brave."
FrancMarie was founded on the talents and dreams of its’ Head Designer Frankie Lolohea, a burgeoning Tongan designer with an eye for design and a desire to introduce a new aesthetic to the world of fashion.
TANOA Clothing Co.
With a variety of clothes made and inspired by our Polynesian people, Tanoa have something for everyone. From casual street wear to formal wedding attire - the range caters to a wide selection of styles for our Pacific communities.
Designer: Manaola Yap
Inspired by his cultural upbringing as a native Hawaiian hula practitioner, self-taught fashion designer Manaola Yap translates Hawaiian spirituality and Hawaiʻi’s natural beauty into prints that embody repetitious patterns found in nature.
Manaola Website: https://www.manaolahawaii.com/
The Savai'i Fashion Market featured a couple of new designers in Samoa - Kuki Samoa & Nelly Samoa. Check them out next time you're in Samoa!
For more of our Pasifika Designers - check out the designers we recommended for Ball & Formal wear here: - Ball Season our Pasifika Pics