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
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/
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!
Designer: Epeli Tuibeqa
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/
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/
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.
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/
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.
For more of our Pasifika Designers - check out the designers we recommended for Ball & Formal wear here: - Ball Season our Pasifika Pics