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Maui-Designed Cover Up Featured on The Grommet

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This is NOT ME – but this is kind of what it looked like… 🙂

True Story: Last weekend, we were packing up from a day at the beach, getting ready for the requisite stop at Ululani’s on the way home, when I threw on my coverup and rinsed my sandy slippers in the shower.  As I went to turn off the reliably untrustworthy beach park shower, I ended up absolutely soaking myself, much to the amusement of everyone watching.  Luckily, I was wearing my new coverup from RipSkirt Hawaii, which is made from water shedding fabric, and I was able to enjoy my shave ice without looking like a drowned rat.

RipSkirt Hawaii is the brainchild of Alecia Elsasser, a Maui mommy and former business owner, who was just looking for a solution to her daily dilemma of leaving the beach in a wet bathing suit, where normal pareus or cotton coverups just get wet and leave tell-tale bathing suit marks.

“I just wanted something to wear that wouldn’t soak through when I made a stop on the way home from the beach,” Alecia shared.  “I couldn’t find exactly what I envisioned on the market, so I decided to start making my own cover-ups. I had a skirt with a Velcro closure and I started with that as a template. My friends and daughter helped me with my logo, the sizing, and the colors.

“The result was RipSkirt, a water-repellant wrap cover-up with no snaps or zippers, only adjustable Velcro tabs. You rip it off to change. It’s made out of a water-repellant, modern board short material with just enough stretch to give but not to cling, and it quickly covers your bum and thighs without soaking up water.”

Today, May 9, RipSkirt Hawaii was featured on The Grommet, a product launch platform.  According to the Grommet website: “we find unique, undiscovered products and help them succeed.  We have launched over 2,000 companies since 2008, many of which have gone on to become household names, like SodaStream and Banagram.” The Grommet was also named one of the Hottest Companies of 2013 by Internet Retailer.

Alecia and her husband Ed ran a handbag company when they lived on the mainland, and she heard about The Grommet from one of her former employees. “He thought my skirts would be good match for The Grommet. We were selected in February, but they wanted to wait until spring to launch.

yoga pants cover up skirt“I sent them some samples to try out, but since it was winter in Massachusetts, they weren’t heading to the beach.  As they were testing them out though, the women in their offices started wearing them over their yoga and gym attire, and we discovered that it is more than just a swim skirt. We are now marketing it as all purpose athletic wrap skirt and cover up.”

The RipSkirts are available in sizes XS – L, and feature water resistant, quick dry material, an interior key/card pocket, adjustable velcro closure and a flattering kick pleat in the rear.  Skirts are machine washable, hang dry (or dry clean) They come in solid colors : Ocean Blue, Poppy and Black, and in prints: Ulupua Blue and Ulupua Black.

pink surfboard skirt surfer girl cover up rash guardWhere to Buy:

On Maui:

Alecia is also looking for more retail locations if you might be interested in carrying her product! Click here to contact 

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beach hat cover up sun skirt bikiniWatch the video of Alecia explaining how RipSkirt came to life,

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http://ripskirthawaii.com

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Maui-Based Clothing Designers

For a fairly small island, Maui has its share of talented clothing and swimwear designers and seamstresses :  Please add a comment below if you or someone you know should be added to this list!

Maggie Couloumbe Dress, Davis Chu Photography

Maggie Couloumbe Designs, Davis Chu Photography

Maggie Coulombe –  Cutting-edge women’s fashions 

If you are lucky enough to be wearing a Maggie Coulombe dress, all eyes are on you. She has dressed celebrities on and off the red carpet and her designs have been featured in Elle, Instyle and other fashion and celebrity magazines.  Inspired by her globetrotting lifestyle and the natural beauty of her Hawaiian home, Maggie Coulombe has created a collection that accents the essence of all women. Fashionistas from around the world frequent The Maggie Coulombe Store, located at Whaler’s Village in Kaanapali, Maui, click to shop online. 

Tamara Catz – Contemporary resort clothing, bathing suits, wedding and bridesmaids dresses.  

Born and raised in Argentina, Tamara started designing her own lines at age 18. After traveling the globe with her husband, professional windsurfer Francisco Goya, they decided to settle on Maui.  In 2000, she launched her line with immediate success, selling to boutiques and department stores all over the US and Japan. In 2005, Tamara opened her first boutique in Paia, Maui and two years later she launched her Bridal collection.  In 2013, a second shop was opened in Venice, CA.  Click to shop online.

Red Stripe Blue Floral Dress

Pink and Floral Skater Dress by Box Eleven

BoxEleven –  Handmade women’s clothing and accessories. 

A few years ago, Katie Browne combined a few of her favorite things, fabric, shopping and thrift stores, with a talent for sewing, and started creating unique women’s apparel and handbag designs, which she now sells under the label BoxEleven. On Maui, you can see her designs at Wings Hawaii in Paia, the Hui Noeau shop in Makawao, and on Hawaii Island at Pueo Boutique in Kailua Kona.

Wings Hawaii – Handmade and silkscreened clothes, jewelry. 

Wings Hawaii grew from a school art project at University of Hawaii into one of Maui’s most successful clothing lines.  Wings features a hand-sewn collection, which are designed and fabricated from scratch in their Haiku studio. They are also known for their hand dyed and screen printed line, complete with original artwork.  Wings also has their own jewelry line, each item handmade in the studio.  Visit Wings Hawaii in their beautiful flagship store in Paia, Maui, click for list of stockists, or Click to shop online

Ha Wahine / Cy Maui handpainted silks and Hawaiian designs

Featuring two distinct shops on Maui, Cy Maui in Wailea, at the Shops at Wailea, and Ha Wahine in Wailuku on North Market.  Cy Maui is known for their handpainted silk in flattering cuts and designs, and Ha Wahine, featured Hawaiian-inspired designs on rayon, with each item sewn on Maui.  Give them a call to place your order.

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Maui Girl Fashions, Photo by AshleyCamper.com, as featured in Mokulele in-flight magazine.

Maui Girl Swimwear – Designer boutique bathing suits, sporty mix and match bikinis, coverups

Maui Girl & Co.has been a landmark on the North Shore of Maui for over 30 years. Located in the heart of Paia, Maui Girl & Co., has been voted the “Best Bikini Boutique” of Maui for the last 5 years. Designer and boutique owner, Debbie Kowalski Wilson, has been designing and selling her pieces since the 70’s. She made the switch from vintage reconstructed pieces to bikinis in the early 80s.  Maui Girl Swimwear frequently makes appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues, with a record 14 suits in the 2013 issue. Maui Girl suits are available online, but to make things even easier for mainland customers, the line will be looking to expand to stockists across the country in 2014.

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Pashey Bella’s Royal Bright Purple Lolo Tube Top and Bottoms

Pashey Bella –  handmade sporty swimwear and accessories

Pashey Bella was created by two water girls, born and raised on Maui. At the ages of 14 and 12, Talia and Tehani Gangini, learned how to make bikinis, which blossomed into a small business in 2007 called Manini Gangini Bikinis. Their goal is to design active swimwear that is functional and flattering.   In 2012, they changed the name of the company to Pashey Bella (Pashey being Talia’s middle name and Bella being Tehani’s). While they currently still make all their swimwear by hand in their 400 square foot shared room, this coming January 2014, Pashey Bella will be launching their first collection which will be made in the USA. The line will include all new designs and patterns, and will enable active women to have a functional, active swimwear with good coverage. In addition to designing swimwear, Talia Gangini Decoite started her own jewelry business at the age of 12, and in 2009 became the youngest designer to be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue with a featured necklace.  She also travels the world as a professional stand-up paddler.  Click to shop online.

Girls Sleeveless purple teal dress

Purple and Teal Sleeveless Dress with Dandelion Pocket and adjustable ties

Bitty Bambu-  Modern, handmade children’s clothes and accessories

Bitty Bambu’s designs are influenced by the beauty of the natural environment, and the spirit of childhood.  Designer and seamstress Taryn has a background in Landscape Architecture, but discovered her passion for sewing not long after having kids.  “I enjoy making clothing that is beautiful, colorful, and playful – all the elements that I believe every childhood should be full of.”   Bitty bambu can be found in boutiques around the islands, on the mainland and as far as Australia, and on Etsy.

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Happy Honu Skirts – Handmade in Hawaii

Happy Honu Maui – colorful, island-inspired children’s clothing and blankets.  

Happy Honu Maui is made in Hawai’i with creative dreams mixed with the aloha warmth of the islands. Maui author, painter, illustrator, designer, teacher, and mom Judi Riley has been known in Hawai’i since the early 1990s for her creative, one-of-a-kind and tropical colored Happy Honu Maui kids clothes and Tiki Tales books. What began as a book series that celebrates the Hawaiian islands, evolved into a whole line of island-inspired, quality, durable and comfy creations for keiki.   Judi Riley’s designs  also include silkscreened shirts, dresses and onesies, all hand-screened on Maui by A Make Believe Company.  Available in boutiques across Hawai’i and on the mainland USA, and click here to visit the website or the Etsy Shop.

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