Kaua‘i Designers Making Their Move

Nov 19, 2015

  

Bridal gown by Kaua'i designer Chanterelle Chantara.
Credit Keith Ketchum
Runway shot from Louda Larrain's 2014 collection shown on Kaua'i last year. Larrain lives and works on the Garden Island.
Credit Travis Okimoto

Hawai‘i Fashion Month is coming to a crescendo in Honolulu and this year on Kaua‘i, they’re wrapping up the month with a Kaua‘i designers’ runway show.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on a ground swell of fashion activity on the Garden Isle.

Chanterelle Chantara in one of her designs.
Credit Shosannah Chantara

The Kaua'i Chamber of Commerce estimates about 20 designers participated in Kaua'i Fashion Month this year.  The third annual Kaua‘i Fashion Week, a separate event from Fashion Month, was held this past April at the Kaua‘i Marriott.  Gypsy Rain, Kaikini Bikini, and Louda Larrain were among the designers featured there.   

Kaua‘i Fashion Month Facebook page

Chanterelle Chantara’s website features a range of styles from day wear and party to bridal, all designed and sewn on Kaua‘i.

For a look at some of the styles shown at the Art Walk at the Shops at Kukui‘ula earlier this month, check these photos by Keith Ketchum.

Here is the list of designers: 

a.ell Atelier 
Angelique Ell
www.aelldesign.com

Caitlin Ross Odom      
Caitlin Ross Odom
www.caitlinrossodom.com

Kinis By Renee  
Renee Yanagihara
www.kinisbyrenee.com

Machine Machine Apparel 
Shannon Hiramoto Rude
www.machinemachineapparel.com

Gypsy Rain
Desirea Aguinaldo                   
www.ilovegypsyrain.com

KaiKini Bikinis            
Taryn Rodighiero
www.kaikini.com

Chez Chanterelle                   
Chanterelle Chantara
www.chezchanterelle.com  

La Vida Aloha             
Lennie Collins
instagram.com/lavidaloha

Tiki Shiki
Jennifer Todice  
www.tikishiki.com     

Ganel Jewelry          
Gabbi Nelson 
instagram.com/ganellkauai

Homesewn Kauai
Michelle Stokes 
facebook.com/homesewnkauai          

Fluerings 
Samantha Lockwood
www.fleurings.com

Jacqueline on Kauai 
Jaqueline Vienna

Puka Surf 
Krystl Apeles             
www.pukasurf.com

WB’s Top Secret
Wilma Bumanglag 
facebook.com/WBS-Top-Secret        

Grande’s Gems 
Tiffany Grande
www.grandesgemshawaii.com

Mermaid at Heart
Kapua Kaneakua
www.mermaidatheart.com

Courtney King
facebook.com/Courtney-King