I went to a holiday party last month and met someone who was telling me all about her friend’s new line of bags designed on Maui, called Tiger Rose. And what did I see the next day at not one but two of the shops I was doing my gift shopping at? Tiger Rose. What were my mainland guests swooning over as we went out shopping? Tiger Rose. So my friends – here’s the scoop. You need (at least) one of these.
Tiger Rose’s designer, Maile Bongolan, shares some incite into her new company:
Maui Made: When and how did you start Tiger Rose?
Maile Bongolan: Tiger Rose was launched in the fall of 2013. I’ve always had a love for textiles and traveling so these handbags are sort of a reflection of the two. I plan to visit other areas of the world and incorporate indigenous fabrics into my products.
MM: What sets your bags apart from other handmade bags?
MB: In this current line, the fabric used on our handbags is handwoven, traditional Ikat fabric from Indonesia. The fabric itself is a work of art. It takes up to a week for a piece of fabric to be woven. Each bag is one-of-a-kind, and they all feature quality, eco-friendly dyed leather and solid brass hardware.
MM: What’s your top selling product so far?
MB: The top selling product this season has been the Uluwatu Wallet Purse (available in four color/pattern options). It’s a small on-the-go zip purse with 4 credit card slots in the main compartment. It features whip-stitch leather detail on the edges and zips shut with a cute leather tassel. It’s perfect to throw in your beach bag or take on a night out. It fits comfortably your credit card/ID, cell phone, wallet and keys – pretty much all you need.
MM: Where can people buy Tiger Rose Bags?
MB: On Maui, they are currently in Collections in Makawao, Om Maui Fitness Studio in Pukalani, The Bikini Market in Kihei, and Hue in Kahului. The bags are also for sale on my website as well at tiger-rose.com.
MM: Is this your full time job?
MB: This is currently a part-time job with full time dedication 🙂 I’m a graphic designer as well so that is my full time job. But this is something I plan to expand on over the years and hope to soon be my full time job.
MM: What’s next for Tiger Rose?
MB: A new collection of prints and handbag styles will be out this spring/summer 2014. In the late fall, Tiger Rose will be launching its first line of women’s clothing. Stay tuned 🙂
Follow Tiger Rose on Instagram: Tigerrosedesigns
Mahalo to Maile for sharing her photos and story… can’t wait to see what’s next!