I first learned how to sew in the 8th grade during my home economics class and from there I couldn’t stop sewing. I loved the feeling of seeing the images in my head come to life through my garments. I decided to specialize in Special Occasion because ever since I was young I’ve been in love with the magic of weddings and it has always been my dream to make wedding dresses and other outfits that make women feel beautiful and special. In Hawaii our lifestyle is very casual and I think that guides my design aesthetic. Since I grew up going to the beaches a lot I decided to launch my own brand called Shaina Makai with the start of a swim line.