Meet Malia Jones at HIFI Connects on November 6!

Featured image source: HONOLULU Shops, June 2015

Malia Jones will be part of an all-star fashion panel at HIFI Connects: The Business of HI Fashion at the Honolulu Design Center on November 6, 2015. Tickets are available here.

Malia Jones made a name for herself as an athlete and a model at an early age, because of her love and aptitude for surfing. She traveled the globe to model for magazines, commercials and print ads. She has influenced the lines of other designers, and has collaborated widely. Now that she’s settled back home in Honolulu it’s no surprise that she’s coming out with her own line, inspired by her extensive travels and personal taste for relaxed luxury & classic simplicity.

Taking an idea through production and onto the sales floor is no easy thing. especially for a mom of two young boys. Malia reached out to old friends, who now work in the industry in LA, to help her through the process. They’re coming together to tell the story in hopes of inspiring others to do the same.

See more of Malia’s story courtesy of Nadine Kam’s Fashion Tribe, here.

See a few of her suits, here.

 

HIFI CONNECTS: The Business of HI Fashion Returns on November 6! Tickets on Sale Now

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HIFI Connects is back for year 2! The 2015 panel will tell the story of a Hawaii-born fashion brand, Malia Jones Swim, and how it is taking flight with the assistance of two prominent LA-based fashion professionals with roots in Hawaii. The discussion will illuminate the process of taking a brand from concept, through to production and eventually, onto the sales floor. We’ll explore lessons learned and resources that are transferable to other designers.

Panelists include:

  • Malia Jones, Malia Jones Swim: A Hawaii born designer, model, and professional surfer who has launched an eponymous swim and resort wear line.
  • Robert Ikeda, Circle Group Inc. and Cameron Hawaii: An LA based consultant and designer that works with companies to brand, develop and produce their lines, and whose family has deep roots in the Hawaii garment industry.
  • Kay Sides, Hatch Inc.: The Hawaii-born owner of one of LA and New York’s most prestigious showrooms, Hatch Inc., which represents brands including James Perse, Superfine, and Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent.

“HIFI Connects creates a venue for discussions about the business of Hawaii fashion and what it takes to get a fashion line off the ground,” said HIFI co-founder Melissa White. “Hosting this event during November’s Hawaii Fashion Month draws attention to the critical parts of the industry infrastructure that is needed for designers to grow and succeed year round”.

HIFI Co-Founder Toby Portner added, “Bringing fashion luminaries from beyond Hawaii and providing fashion professionals & enthusiasts access to them builds bridges between Hawaii and the international fashion community. Our partnerships with Hawaiian Airlines, HONOLULU Magazine, and THE MODERN HONOLULU have enabled us to continue this tradition for a second year.”

Panelists are Mentors of the Hawaii Fashion Exchange (HFX), HIFI’s membership platform that provides resources, professional development, and community building to the fashion industry.

Tickets are $25, free for Hawaii Fashion Exchange (HFX) members, and can be purchased online at https://hificonnects2015.eventbrite.com/. Seating is limited.

Tickets now on sale for Pacific Edge magazine’s A Toast to 2015!

Tickets now on sale for Pacific Edge magazine’s A Toast to 2015!

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HFX Members receive $10 off tickets! Find the code on the HFX Opportunities Page at www.hawaiifashionexchange.com (must be logged in as a member). 

Pacific Edge magazine’s “A Toast to 2015!” networking & launch event moves business fashion forward with a showcase of designs from HFX members modeled LIVE
This official Hawai’i Fashion Month event will also recognize 11 local leaders in hospitality, 
staffing-industry veteran Judy Bishop of Bishop & Company, 
and the five Young Professionals featured in the Oct/Nov/Dec issue of Pacific Edge: 
Aly Ishikuni of Art + Flea
Josh Feldman of resort-wear giant Tori Richard
Katie Ka’anapu of Ward Village 
Nicole Kealoha of Diverse Art Center
Monica Salter of Bennet Group Strategic Communications
Receive a $10 gift certificate to T Galleria upon check-in + the chance to win one of five $100 gift certificates!

CONTACT THE HIFI TEAM