Humble Beginnings + Studio Tour

Our tiny studio sits nestled on a 5-acre, family farm in the small, sunny, town of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. After spending most of my youth in this town, I left for quite some time while I earned a degree, worked in the industry for a few years, and realized many (maybe, too many) life lessons. I returned to my hometown 3 years ago to be with my, now, fiancé. The farm is our paradise within paradise. It belongs to his family, and collectively, we make up one big family of entrepreneurs. We spend every day together, helping each other with the ins and outs of owning a business, giving advice when advice is needed, and dreaming up totally new, and outlandish business ideas. Most of our meals are spent together as a family; we grow our own fruits and vegetables and harvest our own eggs. It’s a very time-honored way of life, one that I am ultimately grateful for.

The days are hot and work hours long, but when you’re doing what you love, it doesn’t feel like working at all. Each day can be very different from the last. Since I run most of the business myself, one day will be spent creating, another day working on the website, or taking photos, or setting up for a pop-up shop. It all depends on what the new day brings. A typical day in the studio consists of hours of sewing, multiple cups of coffee, sporadic computer work here and there, all while the radio hums continuously in the background. The days I look forward to the most, are the days spent designing and creating new pieces. That is what I live for.

There is a strange, paradoxical state that occurs when you work for yourself. You gain an immense responsibility for this seedling of a business that relies entirely on you to grow. It can take months, even years, to cultivate and eventually become your livelihood. But, at the same time, you are incredibly free. You do not answer to a single soul other than yourself. To be able to create something that is solely yours, through and through, and for it to be the greatest expression of yourself, I wish that for everyone.