• 'Hunting Ground' owners sisters Sian and Tina Kolose - The Outliers

    'Hunting Ground' owners sisters Sian and Tina Kolose - The Outliers

    Hunting Ground is a vintage fashion store in Newmarket run by sisters Sian and Tina Kolose.  Hunting Ground brings a brown Polynesian community together. . The Outliers is a gritty, unapologetic look at youth from minority backgrounds in New Zealand.  From great adversity comes great strength, so the aim of The Outliers is to search out youth who are the standout, the anomaly or the outlier in their community and in New Zealand. The Outliers meets inspirational youth while also exploring the source of most minority success - the community where they come from!

  • KuiViti Fashion Show

    KuiViti Fashion Show

    Fijian designer Epeli Tuibeqa has held his very first stand alone fashion show in Fiji for his label KuiViti. He has been the stylist and designer to 5 Miss Fiji representatives to the Miss South Pacific pageant. From this, KuiViti took form and was born - A Fashion House dedicated to promoting Fijian culture and prints. Epeli then made his debut with his maiden collection 'To have and to hold' at Fiji's premiere fashion platform 'Fiji Fashion Week'. The theme for his first solo show is "Noqu Kalou, Noqu Vanua" which means "My God, My Land" Follow Kuiviti on facebook here  and on Instagram here 



    Marquesan Actor & Costume Designer Christopher Prenat was raised in Tahiti & grew up around his grandparents who were artists. He talks about the costumes he has mostly been creating for the Miss Tahiti beauty pageants and the inspiration he draws from when designing the costumes.



    Beau Louis Takapu is a fashion designer with his own label. Beau has been on Project Runway and even designed a custom puletaha for The Princess Royal of Tonga! He is definitely a Creative Native.



    We're keeping it Fresh at the Pacific Fusion Fashion Show in Manukau, South Auckland. Check out the highlights of the show which features local and international Pasifika designers, models, hair and make-up artists. It's the 4th year of the show and this year the theme is Fashion Factory!



    The Pacific Fusion Fashion Show is now in its 4th year and continues to provide a platform for Pacific designers to showcase their fashion creations right in the heart of South Auckland. {{14639}} Held at the Vodafone Events Centre for the first time, Pasifika designers from Aotearoa, Australia, Samoa, Tonga, Hawai'i, USA, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea came together to showcase their Pacific inspired collections. {{14652}} This year the theme was ‘Fashion Factory’ - 'A new generation of Pacific skills and labour has arrived on the factory floor. We are the generation creating, designing, modelling and enterprising our way to success!' {{14641}} Event director and Fashion Stylist Nora Swann was also able to host a series of mini-events over the week leading up to the showcase on Saturday night including a 'Dressed in Confidence' workshop, a 2 day Business Capability Building workshop for the designers and a one day only pop-up shop.  {{14655}} 13 designers showcased their designs with 66 aspiring models working the catwalk. Check out the different designer collections below. Coco congrats to Gladierosa Hanipale who won the Face of Fusion 2019. . TAHIANO Designers - Alvis Meredith & Mata'afa Hans Wesche  Samoa & Tokelau (based in Samoa) TAHIANO is changing up the couture bridal gown game in the Pacific. There’s no better place to find a high-end gown in the Pacific.  recently had their gowns privately viewed by Vogue and Elle editor in Fiji, one of their greatest achievements yet. {{14680}} FUNK n SOUL 97 Designer - Tia Semi  Samoan (based in Australia) Tia Semi is an emerging Australian designer and model, who takes inspiration from her Samoan heritage. Tia has cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, epilepsy, and is deaf. She hopes that her journey as a designer will inspire others to follow their dreams.  Tia's collection is called ‘Malosiaga I Totonu’, which translates to ‘Strength Within’ in Samoan. {{14702}} LAVA's ORIGINAL FASHION WEAR  Designer - Lava Grossmith  Honiara, Solomon Islands  With no formal education for tailoring in the Solomon Islands, Lava was self-taught by her mother who was a tailor.  She enjoys creating outfits that can be worn all sorts of the occasion from the casual, street, evening and bridal wear. {{14731}} SAINT FINA  Designer - Seraphina Woods  Niuean (Based in New Zealand)   Saint Fina is showing for the first time at PFFS 2019. Saint Fina is a homage to Seraphina’s upbringing and her family. She has been working from home designing bespoke clothing for a growing client base under another brand. {{14745}} TALOSIA  Designers - Talosia Haulangi & James Laverty   Tuvaluan (Based in New Zealand)   Talosia Design is a luxury brand that focusses in couture and high-end collection season by season.  Talosia was born in Tuvalu (Nanumea) with a long history in fashion after working with brands like Max Fashion, DJ Station, Zambesi and Marilyn Sainty. {{14763}} INFAMY APPAREL  Designer - Amy Letogo  Samoan (Based in New Zealand)   She was prompted to get into the fashion industry because she was not satisfied with fashion options for Plus Size consumers.  Amy is committed to pushing the size restrictive boundaries of fashion while promoting body positivity and inclusivity. {{14782}} ARI SOUTH  Designer - Ari South  Hawaiian (Based in Hawai'i)  Ari South put Hawaiʻi on the map as the first designer from Hawaiʻi and finalist on Project Runway Allstars. She has since rooted and built her company on Oʻahu by blending high fashion modern designs with contemporary Hawaiian prints. {{14805}}  . During the intermission at the show, South Auckland Heavy Metal group 'Shepherds Reign' performed - check out a snippet of their 'In the shallow' rendition. {{14629}} . LE-ATA   Designer - Leata Mailo-McCarthy   Samoan (Based in Tonga)  The brand, Le-Ata, is inspired by LOVE for FAMILY, HERITAGE and PASSION for design, creativity and culture. Each and every piece is thoughtfully designed with incorporation of hand-printed designs that reflect pacific island motifs, primarily Tongan and Samoan. {{14846}} AAS TRIBAL FASHION   Designer - Anna Amos Papua New Guinea  Anna uses PNG tribal motifs to print and create contemporary PNG wear.  Her fashion design is part of community outreach program empowering women, people with disabilities, youth, vulnerable individual and it's gender inclusive. {{14871}} FRANtivity   Designer - Frances Nimeti Cook Islands (Based in New Zealand)  By day Frances works full time for NZ Police and has been for over 13 years. By night, she’s a fashion designer, with her brand Frantivity! This is Frances’ fourth year showcasing her work in a fashion show. {{14899}} VAE'S FASHION & ACCESSORIES  Designer - Ellaine Maepio  Honiara, Solomon Islands  Ellaine has great pride in her island heritage, blended with rich cultures and traditions, through diverse designs, patterns and colours which is the theme for her collection.  This is evident in the beautiful prints and patterns, mostly inspired by the beautiful locally made carvings in the Marovo Lagoon. {{14925}} NATIVE WEAR  Designer - Leiola Finau Rakau  Tongan (Based in Vanuatu)  Leiola originally started with handicraft in 2012 and seven years later, she launched her clothing label with the Royal Polynesian Fashion Show in Auckland.  This was her first-ever appearance on an international showcase. {{14945}} AFA AH LOO  Designer - Afa Ah Loo  Samoan (Based in Utah, USA)  Afa is an award-winning fashion designer who has been published in multiple fashion magazines such as Vogue UK, after he was invited in 2018 by Queen Elizabeth to represent Samoa and show one of his designs in front of the royal family.   He was also featured in Elle at the beginning of this year and was one of the contestants to compete in the reality TV show, Project Runway in the USA.  He was the first Samoan to compete on the show. {{14996}}



    For Island women, we know the struggles and joys that come with our hair. Here are a few stories from our Pasifika sisters on all things HAIR!



    Danika Cooper & Tumua Tuifao share how they got into jewellery making and how they were able to turn the passion for what they love doing into a business. Check out their business page on Facebook here if you'd like to order or have a custom made piece done https://www.facebook.com/danikacooperjewellery/ and follow them on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/danikacooperjewellery/



    "I am Fresh out da Box cos I broke the box!" - Veronica Pome'e She's the first Tongan to ever make the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit pages. She shares with us how she got into modelling, her journey to making the final 6 and cultivating confidence within herself when she didn't think have a lot of confidence growing up as the 'bigger girl'



    Fashion designers Mary Soonaoso & Nora Tiumalu of Fou Custom Made share why they're Fresh Out Da Box and talk about their inspirations, empowering women and challenging the status quo with their clothing line!



    Pasifika & Maori women from around Auckland gathered at the Manurewa Netball Courts on Saturday for a night of Fashion, Food & Fundraising.  It was all in aid of the "Dressed in Confidence Wellness Centre" for vulnerable woman and children which is to be established in South Auckland in 2020. {{12701}} The Dressed in Confidence Fashion show's theme was 'Woman of Worth' and celebrated Pacific and Maori Woman in leadership roles with many of the models being leaders in the community including government dignitaries, National MP Agnes Loheni, Labour MP Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki, Auckland Councillor Josephine Bartley and Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board Chair Lotu Fuli.  {{12928}} Along with the fashion show & catwalk the audiece was also introduced to Eco fashion by the show creator Nora Swann, who demonstrated how to mix and match clothing to create a sustainable wardrobe and demonstrated ideas on how to create new looks. "This isn't the first time I've done live up-styling, I used to be part of NZ Eco Fashion Week in Wellington, 7 years ago - so I sat on that committee and I ran a similar set-up.   {{12730}} I didn't have the whole shebang with the wardrobe and I thought 'next time I run it, I'm gna go hardout with the full setting so people understand that you're actually in someones wardrobe and then you walk the runway'.  It's nice to bring it back to life." Nora said  The show included a sit down dinner, entertainment from dance group M'Brace and Radio 531PI Breakfast host Brian Sagala on MC duties throughout the night.   {{12748}} Clothes modelled on the night were a mixture of the models wardrobe, Nora's styling wardrobe as well as pieces from a clothes swap.  "2 months ago I had a clothes swap & fundraiser for this - for Dressed in Confidence and it was people just bringing clothes from their own wardrobes and swapping.  Whatever was left over I took because I'll put it in the wellness centre and bring it to life (there'll be a 2nd hand store in there)  So we've got pieces from the clothes swap on the runway as well." Nora explained. {{12862}} All funds raised from the show will go to the Wellness Centre which will open in South Auckland next year.  Nora has currently been running "Dressed in Confidence" a wellness programme in schools with girls from the ages of 8 - 18yrs of age.  It's teaching girls self love and self worth with fashion as the medium and now she wants to expand the programme into her community. {{12931}} What I'm wanting to do now is reach my community, my wider community and work with vulnerable women and children within South Auckland so it's not only going to be a Wellness Centre but it's going to be Wellness and Employment Readiness.  There's going to be a 2nd hand store in there so they can have clothes to basically create a 'New You' knowing that you feel good on the inside and you've got the clothes to suit on the outside. {{12836}}



    Shimpal Lelisi shows us his Aloha shirt collection, explains the inspiration behind it and what his Mum thinks of it ;) 



    Tattoo artist Tyla Vaeau shows us her beautiful vintage pacific dress collection - some of which are real vintage and others that are vintage inspired and she's had made for special occasions.



    We're keepin it Fresh on the Pacific Runway in Sydney, Australia! The show is now in it's 7th year and showcases designers of Pacific origin and their designs. Founder Jannike Seiuli has also opened it up as a platform for up & coming designers, hair & make-up artists, models and even videographers and photographers to be able to showcase their skills.

  • AUE Line

    AUE Line

    Meet Fashion Designer & Artistic Director of Aue Dance Company - Vivian Arthur Aue. My Name is Vivian Arthur Aue. I’m 25 Years old and my blood lines are connected to the Cook Islands. My father is John Kaokao Aue and he comes from Titikaveka and Mauke.  My mother is Ngametua Aue and she comes from Nikao. I was born in Auckland and I grew up in Onehunga but now I stay in Manurewa. I am a lecturer in Performing Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology. {{12109}} I am also the Artistic Director of AUĒ Dance Company here in Auckland and Fiji. Another passion of mine is fashion and I recently launched my own fashion label AUĒ LINE in November 2018, with my sister Puretu Aue. So now we are emerging Pasifika fashion designers ready to showcase more creations in 2019. {{12107}} You recently showcased your designs in a Cook Islands Fashion Show.  Did you have a theme for your designs and where did you get inspiration for them?  The Cook Islands Fashion show was called Aku Yanga and was held at the Mangere Arts Centre in November 2018. {{12105}} Our collection is called ‘AKETEREI’ - which is my mothers given Mauke name by a papa tumu korero when she married my father. The theme and concepts behind our collection are the strong and significant female figures in my life from my mother, grandmothers, sisters, aunties, cousins and friends. Their presence, their soul, power, their mana, beauty and grace in how they hold themselves throughout life is what inspires this collection to come alive. So it’s a real precious collection which was created from the heart and soul.  {{12119}} How long have you been designing or been interested in the fashion industry and what was your pathway to get to this point? I was invited to showcase a collection in Aku Yanga by Paul Hagai, the creator of the fashion show and we went from there. So Aku Yanga was the first platform for me to showcase my passion of fashion designing.  {{12127}} 2018 was the first year I began my journey as a fashion designer and it’s been a great journey so far. My sister and I have always been interested in the creation and designing of Cook Islands Traditional Rakei (Costumes). We designed the costumes for One Tree Hill College Cook Islands Group for Polyfest 2018 and we loved it. We are again in the processing of creating costumes for One Tree Hill College Cook Islands Group 2019 and we are so excited to showcase what we have created. {{12122}} Do you have any favourite designers that you look up to? Yes I look up to Mohammed Ashi (Middle Eastern Designer), Zerina Akers and all of the fashions designers who create for Beyonce. {{12129}} Do you have anything else coming up that we can look out for? Yes we in the process of creating a 50 piece collection for the Bottega Fijian Fashion Festival 2019 in Suva Fiji. So we are looking forward to this amazing opportunity.  . We also have a new Pacific contemporary dance show which opens on the 27th of Feb and runs through until the 2nd of March.  The show is called OIRE | VILLAGE and is an ALL female movement response to the structure of each individual dancers village back home in the islands. We are portraying themes of womanhood, the female figure, discrimination, myths, rituals and ceremonies from each individuals village. We open a discussion of how we as a cohort can create a refurbished village in 2019 here in Aotearoa. What does that look like? Sound like? Taste like? Smell like? And how can we create peace and harmony? Or can we not? Details on where you can buy tickets on the poster below -  {{12227}} If people would like to purchase your outfits how can they do that and do you custom design for people as well? Yes. You can email us at auedance@gmail.com, contact us on Instagram @auedanceco_aueline or on Facebook @AUĒ to purchase any of our garments. Yes we custom design garments for anyone who would love to wear our vibrant and original creations.  {{12131}}

  • Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2018 - Meet the designers

    Pacific Fusion Fashion Show 2018 - Meet the designers

    The Pacific Fusion Fashion Show showcased Pasifika fashion, designers and models for the 3rd year running in South Auckland - this time at Ambury Regional Park in Mangere Bridge. Meet some of the designers behind the fashion on the runway at this years show! 



    The 3rd annual Pacific Fusion Fashion Showcase for emerging Pacific & Maori fashion designers & models went down on Saturday night at Ambury Regional Park in Mangere Bridge, South Auckland. This year the theme was 'Recreation' inspired by the elements of earth, air, fire & water in amongst nature at Ambury Park. 13 designers showcased their designs with 45 models working the catwalk.  Check out the different designer collections below. Coco congrats to Game of Bros Season 1 winner Louis Ova who won the Face of Fusion 2019. . LIFT ISLAND FASHION Designer - Nancy Elizabeth Thompson (Tongan, American & Samoan) Based in Carson, California “I design for women who don’t want to be classified, a woman who wants to be sexy and modest, a damsel and the hero.  A woman who can run a business and keep a home.  Simple, yet complex.  Women are multifaceted but simple all the same and I work to put that energy into my designs.” {{11047}} AKANA  Designer - Alecia Kana (NZ Maori) Based in Wellington, NZ  “Being a Mama and full-figured woman carrying children, I know how much of an effect it can have on our bodies and the changes we can go through, I aim to design easy to wear mid to high-end fashion garments that are timeless, effortlessly flattering on any woman and can be worn multiple times in multiple ways.” {{11067}} MOTFAW  Desginer - Annmarie Williams & Tuomas Pekkala (Samoan)  Based in Auckland, New Zealand  Inspired by many creative sources including her Samoan culture & artists Gauguin and Magritte.   “The style, colours and how they portrayed masculinity spoke to me. Men are modest, but there is so much in the unspoken details, especially in Gauguin’s paintings, the peace and stillness, the colours and how Gauguin portrayed Pacific people,” she says. {{11072}} TAHIANO  Designers - Mata'afa Hans Weche & Alvis Meredith (Samoan & Tokelauan)  Based in Apia, Samoa  “Fashion was a huge part of our lives,” says Hans, whose Tokelaun roots inspired the name ‘TAHIANO’. “We grew up with our mothers and aunties who were seamstresses and surrounded by our grandmothers who wove hats and mats etc.” {{11091}} MOLLY & GRACE  Designers - Monalisa Owen & Sisi Tasi (Samoan & Niuean) Based in Auckland, NZ  “As Pasifika women embarking on this journey at a later age, this is a bold statement to other women that there should be no limitations when you start something.” {{11100}} KOLCHA DVINE DESIGNZ  Designer - Leu Tiatia Wasasala (Samoan)  Based in Christchurch, NZ  “This journey of mine is more about what I can do for others, as well as me overcoming numerous fears of failure, it’s also about leading the way for many other women who have hidden talents yet to be tapped into.” {{11107}} DANE DAGGER  Designer - Dane Dagger (Cook Islands) Based in Wellington, NZ  “I can’t wait to unleash the beast out of hibernation, PFFS is an important platform for Pacific fashion designers who want to go further with their careers and passion for fashion.” {{11116}} KIRRIKIN Designer - Amanda Healey (Australian Aboriginal)  Based in Australia  Healy started Kirrikin after a successful 35-year career in the mining industry and now enjoys working with indigenous peoples as a social entrepreneur.  Healy also uses Kirrikin’s excess profits to run programs with Aboriginal women in prison. {{11117}} MOO.DY  Designer - Fa'aolataga Chadwick (Samoan)  Based in Wellington, NZ  “I think of fashion design as creating a piece of art on a human body, I want to touch people’s lives by using fabric to inspire their day and help them shine as an individual.” {{11138}} TIARE TEITI  Designer - Ida Teiti (Tahitian) Based in Honolulu, Hawai'i Reintroducing femininity to a society that’s “gravitated towards shorts” is the mantra of Tahitian born fashion designer, Ida Teiti. {{11162}} NUMIA  Designer - David Taumoepeau (Tongan)  Based in Auckland, NZ  “I’m influenced by high-end street designers such as Rob Garcia, Mike Amiri and Jerry Lorenzo, I wouldn’t really call myself a designer though, it’s a hobby and something I do for fun.” {{11175}} FOU Custom Made  Designers - Asomaliu Tagiilima, Nora Gase Harriman & Mary So'onaoso Tiumau (Samoan)  “We want to empower women to be proud and embrace their bodies in all shapes and sizes, no matter their shape, anyone can rock a sassy, gorgeous outfit.” {{11193}} Red Ice  Designers - Sidath Wickremeratne & Jewelz Taufui (Sri Lankan & Tongan)  “We specialise in bridal and evening wear for women and garments for men as well, we don’t mind who comes through the doors, they could be a size 6 or a size 28. We treat all people with dignity and fulfil their requirements as good as we can.” {{11205}}



    Samoan designer Cecilia Peterson Keil (Cecilia's Fashion House) was one of the Pacific designers invited to show her collection at the London Pacific Fashion Week in September. {{11022}} London Pacific Fashion Week was promoting Fashion Designers from the Pacific Region - Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Nauru, Tonga, Solomon Islands, American Samoa and Samoa all had designers who participated. {{11010}} It was held at Australian House at the Strand (London City) and Cecilia said 'it was an amazing experience to show our collection at a London Runway together with other Top Designers from the Pacific.' {{11006}} Cecilia's Fashion House collection was inspired by Climate Change and Cultural Appropriation which was depicted thru the prints.  "We've diversified by evolving the elei motifs and patterns as main stream elei/mamanu Samoa has been copied and mass produced by foreigners." Cecilia said. {{11015}} Cecilia's Fashion House catered for the European Market, designing jackets with the added Polynesian Flair.  Well known singer & actor Nick Afoa who is currently in the London production of The Lion King as Simba, took to the LPFW runway modelling for Cecilia as well.   {{11025}} "It was a real privilege having a successful known son of Samoa in that part of the world strut out and promote Ceceilia's Fashion House and he is continuously doing so after the London Pacfici Fashion Week - Thank you Simba lol!" she said  {{11020}} It would be awesome to have other sons of Samoa (and daughters) like the Rock Seiuli Johnson & KJ Apa from Riverdale etc rocking and promoting Pacific designers labels across the globe to show that us Coconuts can achieve too.   All the models at LPFW were great and especilly in the amazing venue of Australia House main hall which is also Gringots bank in Harry Potter and featured in Wonder Woman too."  added Cecilia 



    Aolele Creatives - Leone Samu Tui shows us why she's Fresh Out Da Box. Leone creates beautiful Polynesian Earrings. She show's us how she creates her unique earrings, and where she drawers inspiration from!

  • MAUGALUI - Muriel Lui

    MAUGALUI - Muriel Lui

    Lawyers by day and Fashion Designers by night! Muriel Lui co-creator of the Maugalui Clothing brand shares what's unique about their clothing line. . Like us on Facebook Subscribe to our YouTube

  • Tahiti Fashion Week 2018

    Tahiti Fashion Week 2018

    Fashion Week in the beautiful Island of Tahiti, stay tuned to see some of the best designers from all over the world showcase their pieces. Like us on Facebook Subscribe to our YouTube



    We've put together our picks on some great Pasifika designers from kids to casual to evening wear from all over the Pacific!  Check them out below & for more Pasifika formal/ball & evening wear designers check out our list here . MISSING POLYNESIA  Designer:  Meilin Vitale-Vae A family owned & operated company based in Honolulu, Missing Polynesia is a stylish reminder of South Pacific culture with a unique take on Polynesian clothing as well as other products like jewellery, hats & home decor items.  They also love to create custom designs for customers. Missing Polynesia website:   https://www.missingpolynesia.com/ {{12003}} ISLAND PEPE - PASIFIKA BABY APPAREL  Designers:  Masoe & Valikoula families Modern, trendy and Pasifika-inspired baby apparel which are truly one-of-a-kind and perfect for your little ones!  Their goal is to help inspire our children, and parents alike, to preserve the language/culture of our ancestors and share it with the world!  Website:  https://www.islandpepe.com/ {{7401}} KUIVITI  Designer:  Epeli Tuibeqa  KuiViti strives to give you Pacific Fashion inspired by the iTaukei culture of the people of the Fiji Islands. We do outfits for His and Hers be it Ready to Wear, Made To Measure and Masi Bridal. Authentic Pacific flavour on contemporary international designs Website:  https://kuivitipr.wixsite.com/kuiviti {{20632}} SUP2 CLOTHING  Designer:  Uncle Wax  Your favourite NZ athletes favourite NZ clothing line offering t.shirts, aloha shirts, tank tops & cut off tees for men, women, kids & babies. You can now walk into the store located on 54 Ponsonby Road. Sup2 website:  https://sup2clothing.com/ {{7366}} 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  Instagram:  @Fenuabyfreddy  {{10393}} MENA  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/ {{10404}} TWINNIES BRAND CLOTHING  The Twinnies Brand Apparel is an extension of the Twinnies Brand's Writing and Books.  "Write the Word, Wear the Word, Be the Word"  All their collections are inspired by words of inspiration encouraging those who wear the Twinnies Apparel to instill and reflect these words in thoughts and in actions.  The 'Faith & Hard Work" Collection are 2 words of inspiration inspired by Osea Kolinisau, the Fijian 7s Olympic Gold Medal Captain.  The Twinnies Apparel endeavours to keep all their collections: inspiring, fun, practical and be shared amongst all family members.  Website: www.twinniesbooksandgoods.com  {{20638}} TAV PACIFIC  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/ {{10378}} EVENI PACIFIC  Carruthers family  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 {{10384}} 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/ {{10390}} 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  Instagram: @afa.ahloo {{10373}} FRANCMARIE  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. {{10410}} 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. Click here for more details on their Auckland store  {{10416}} MANAOLA HAWAI'I  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/ {{10422}} . UP & Coming LAYPLAN are only on Instagram ( a collaborative project between Lavinia Ilolahia and Talia Betham) and hand make to order if you hit them up on the Gram. They also have pop up stalls now and then at different markets. Edimo Label is a new swimwear label co-founded by Samoan Eden Vawdrey & Imogen Peek-Swaney - they give you the option to pay in full or up to 6 weekly payments on their website. {{7416}} 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! {{10424}} . For more of our Pasifika Designers - check out the designers we recommended for Ball & Formal wear here: - Ball Season our Pasifika Pics   



    With Ball season in full swing, we've picked out some Pasifika designers from NZ, Australia, Fiji, Samoa and the US who do custom made ball dresses serving up stunning Pacific Island inspired looks. Check them out below if you're needing an evening dress for a school ball, graduation or special occasion. . FOU CUSTOM-MADE Based in Auckland, New Zealand, Fou custom makes outfits for any occasion and dresses made for every figure, shape & size. They're all about bringing out that confidence. They're a small team based in central Auckland and are all Samoan!  They like to step out of the box in their creations - mixing mainstream with pacific inspired patterns to give a Pacific edge. Their values are based on proverbs 31v25 “she is clothed with dignity and strength & laughs without fear of the future” and they use this passage to bring out the confidence of those who wear their garments. Facebook: Fou Custom Made Instagram: @Fou_custommade {{9551}} UNUFE DESIGN Designer Amelia Unufe discovered her fascination for designs and merging cultural creations with modern styles during her high school years. She got her degree in fashion and design and slowly began to build up her business before launching her fashion label ‘Unufe Designs’. Using historical meanings as an indication of cultural significance, a story is created within each garment, meaning each design has its own value of importance. Facebook: Unufe Designs  Instagram: @unufedesigns {{9517}} MASC - Make a Statement Clothing  Designer Sam Ioane Samau is an up & coming designer of both Womens and Menswear based in Auckland, New Zealand. He loves expressing himself as a designer and hopes to make a career out of what he loves doing.   Facebook: MASC - Make a Statement Clothing  Instagram: @Mascfashion_ {{9527}} AFA AH LOO Afa Ah Loo is 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  Instagram: @afa.ahloo {{9529}} ARILEI COUTURE  Designer Taupule Taufao is based in Samoa and makes custom dresses, evening wear and puletasi's.  Samoans may recognise her designs which were worn by her daughter Miss Samoa 2015 Ariana Taufao and other contestants including the current Miss Samoas evening wear dress worn at Miss Pacific Islands in Fiji last year. They mail orders worldwide. Facebook: AriLei Couture Instagram: @AriLei_Couture  {{9486}} SAMSON LEE FIJI  Samson Lee is the brains behind ‘Samson Lee Fiji’. The brand hit the market in 2015, concentrating on their online diaspora market and it’s grown from strength to strength. “My brand is all about our Pacific richness, the colours, the culture, the people and in essence my take on fashion is celebrating the richness of all of that,” said Lee. Facebook: Samson Lee Fiji  Instagram: @samsonleefiji {{9553}} TAHIANO  Hans Wesche from Letogo Iva, Savai’i and Faleula, together with Alvis Augustine Meredith, from Vaimoso, are the creative force behind the fashion house. Hans Wesche, whose Tokelaun roots inspired the name Tahiano, said the fashion house specialises in gowns which broadly covers wedding, ball and corporate wear. As a first in Samoa, they have also designed jumpsuits for men. Facebook: Tahiano   Instagram: @_Tahiano_ {{9499}} EVANA COUTURE  Evana Couture brings Fresh New Flavour to Polynesian Fashion based in Sydney, Australia and were bought to the worlds attention when Parris Goebel wore a Evana Couture gown to the MTV Awards. Each Collection line up is designed by Fashion Designer Priscilla Yarnelle and manufactured with quality materials and workmanship. While maintaining the diverse mainstream trend, Evana infuses culture into everyday wear, bringing Polynesian Art to Mainstream, creating Trend for Polynesian Fashion. Facebook: E'Vana Couture Instagram: @evanacouturefashion  {{9506}} JOLIELEI  Based in Sydney, Australia JO’LI Elei is a family business, passed down three generations, stemming from the Stanley family to the Nio family. They design hand Printed & Custom Made Clothing, bringing the Pacific to you through Pasifika Island prints and Island Wear — ' The Ways of the Islands' Facebook: JO'LI ELEI  Instagram: @jolielei {{9488}} LIFT - LUCY's ISLAND FASHION & TRENDS  The LIFT team are based in Carson, California and make bespoke island fashion inspired by island materials and textiles! Facebook: LIFT Island Fashion  Instagram: @liftislandfashion {{9545}}

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