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Shopping Guide to Paia – Paia Inn to Puka Puka

This is part two of the shopping guide / virtual tour of Paia  – Enjoy!  Click here to see Part 1 – 

Paia Inn – If you are looking for a hip, boutique hotel in an urban, beach-front setting, this is it.  Opened in 2008, this 5 room hotel was built in 1927, and believed to have been used as a small Japanese hotel when Paia was a bustling plantation town.  Two more cottages offer oceanfront and ocean-view accommodations.   In addition to artwork by Avi Kiriaty,  each guest room feature wireless internet, flat screen TVs with cable, A?C, private travertine tiled bathrooms, salon quality amenities, and fully-stocked mini bars.

Imrie Pippa, Tamsin, Caitlin and Lola Imrie, three sisters and their mother, opened their first shop in Westhampton Beach, NY in 2008, and the following year opening the Paia shop.  The shops offer a unique blend of the girls own designs together with outside labels, creating a closet for your every need. Imrie’s broad spectrum of price, style, color and texture, is all graced with that undefinable signature Imrie style.

Flatbread Co.- This place only serves up two things, salads and flatbread pizzas, but it does them well.  They specialize in using fresh, local ingredients, and cook the flatbreads on a huge brick oven in the middle of the restaurant.  Oh yeah, they have beer and dessert too.  Go early, there’s always a wait around peak dinner hours.

Tamara Catz – This gorgeous boutique carries even more gorgeous clothes, designed by Maui-based clothing designer Tamara Catz.  She’s known for her contemporary resort clothing, as well as wedding gowns and bathing suits. Also features locally designed jewelry.

Paia Contemporary Gallery-  Established in 2007, the gallery focuses exclusively in mixed media artists from the abstract contemporary art world, emanating from the American abstract Expressionism genre.

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Art Project Paia- This brand new gallery was founded by Tatiana Botton as a multidisciplinary gallery that offers a fresh and contemporary perspective to the art shown on Maui.  Art Project: Paia represents up and coming and established international, mainland and local artists with a distinct Hawaiian sensitivity.

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Maui Crafts Guild – Maui’s only artist owned and operated cooperative gallery – featuring 100% locally hand-crafted art.

Aloha Bead Shop – a jeweler’s dream!

Paia Bay Coffee – haven’t been in here yet, but I bet they serve coffee…

Puka Puka – This boutique and art gallery carries unique objects, jewelry, fashion, fine art and limited-edition prints, all with a surfer vibe.

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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.

Box Eleven – Thrift+Vintage=Love

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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 apparel and bag designs, which she now sells under the label BoxEleven.

Maui Made: What is unique about BoxEleven Designs? 

Katie Browne: I use fabric that is purchased in limited amounts with no option to buy additional yardage, so each item is a one of a kind, or a limited edition.   The thrifted and vintage fabrics are rarely in pristine condition and might have small holes or portions faded by the sun, but i don’t consider those to be flaws; the imperfections tell a history of the item.   If you find an applique on your item, it means that i discovered a hole or stain and decided to cover it with a small scrap, rather than waste a large portion of fabric.   I also utilize parts of textiles that most clothing manufacturers hide or trim off because i want to offer a view into the making of the fabrics themselves by highlighting details,  such as the marks and indents in the fabric edges that occur during the weaving process, or the marks and signatures left by the fabric dyers.

MM: What’s your most popular item? 

KB: I think my most popular item right now is a new design, the Skater Dress, which is a super-comfy and flattering dress made in a variety of knit fabrics in different colors and prints.

MM: What are the best ways to meet new customers on Maui and online? 

KB: For me, the best way to meet new customers on Maui has been to have a booth at Seabury Hall Craft Fair.  It’s the only craft fair I do on a regular basis, and I always meet a ton of new people and reconnect with past customers.  Instagram has been a great way to meet new customers online, because it’s so easy to post cute pictures and comment and like other people’s cute pictures; I’ve connected with a lot of like-minded creatives this way.

MM: When did you realize this could be a business and not just a hobby? 

KB: About 12 years ago I made a bunch of one-of-a-kind purses, put together a Trunk Show with a few other artisans and made some sales!  I didn’t sell out but I was really excited to discover that other people liked the fabrics I paired and I realized that with enough hard work and focus, I could turn my favorite hobby into a business.

MM: How did you learn how to sew? 

KB: I’ve been sewing for most of my life, but learned all kinds of tricks of the trade when I entered the Fashion Technology program at UHMC in 2010.  I thought I knew how to sew….until I started taking classes under Cheryl Maeda, and realized I had a lot to learn!  It was an excellent experience, and Cheryl is a very thorough and skilled teacher.

MM: How long have you been on Maui? Where are you from? 

KB:I’ve lived on Maui since 2005.  I’m from Carbondale, Colorado, a little town high up in the Rocky Mountains.

MM: What do you do for fun? 

KB: For fun I like to sit in the sun, read my favorite fashion mags, shop for fabric and shoes, and daydream about my next collection.  I love funny movies, lilikoi margaritas, and dinner parties with friends!  I also like to draw and sketch, and will find scraps of paper all over the place filled with doodles; for some reason it rarely occurs to me to actually draw IN my sketchbook.

MM: What are some of the best thrift stores/ vintage shops on Maui (come on, spill your secrets!) 

KB: All time best thrift store is Savers in Kahului- they have such a high turnover rate and a ton of stuff to go through.  My favorite vintage shop is Paia Trading Company, which has a very nicely edited collection of paper ephemera, vintage glassware, Pyrex dishes, and so many fantastic other goodies!

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MM: You have an Etsy shop set up as well – any tips for sellers? 

KB: I think Etsy is awesome!  It’s the first place I go online every morning after I check my email.  I love the Quit-Your-Day-Job series and the carefully selected treasuries; I’m constantly amazed by all the beautiful and imaginative things that Etsy shop owners create.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any good tips for sellers as my sales are fairly low on Etsy.

MM: Good and bad news of being your own boss? 

KB: The best part of being my own boss is that I have complete control over how my business is run- I get to choose all the fabrics, decide which of my designs I want to produce, and take all the credit for my successes.  The most challenging part of being my own boss is that I’m responsible for EVERTHING, which can be difficult because I have to do all of the tasks that a business requires, even ones that I’m not good at, like bookkeeping.

MM: What’s next for BoxEleven?  

KB: Next for BoxEleven: getting some wholesale clients on the mainland!!  I’ve had a good response from boutiques throughout Hawaii, and I would like to expand my list of stockists to a select few shops on the West and East coasts.

MM: What’s the inspiration for the name? 

KB: My mom came up with the name BoxEleven, and I know it comes from her mailing address (as in, POBox 11) but I don’t know why she chose it.  All I know is that when she told me she wanted to name her catering and cake baking business BoxEleven, I thought it was so awesome that I stole it from her.

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MM: Where can people buy your clothes? 

KB: On Maui, you can see my designs at Wings Hawaii in Paia, the Hui Noeau shop in Makawao, on Hawaii Island at Pueo Boutique in Kailua Kona, and on Kauai at Work It Out in Kapa’a.

Online, I have my own shop*, an etsy shop, and I have items on Beach Wahine.  (*NEW NOTE: Katie is currently setting up a new online store, contact her directly at boxeleven@hotmail.com to place your order!)

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