Hāpuʻu ʻIlima Mauka to Makai Midi Dress
From the beaches of Waikīkī to the lush forests of upper Mānoa valley, this design embodies the range of resources found from ma uka to ma kai (mountain to ocean). Featured is a sort of yin yang play between the native Hāpu’u tree fern found in the mountains and the O’ahu island flower ‘ilima found growing on the coast.
A classic, versatile summer dress.
- Midi sleeveless bias cut dress. Bias cut fabric makes for a very flattering drape for all sizes.
- Limited quantity print
- Hand drawn fabric print illustrations
- Designed, cut, and sewn in Hawai‘i on imported fabric
- Made with draping 100% Lyocell, a rayon twill fabric. Lyocell is a fiber that is intended as a silk substitute derived from wood pulp. It a natural fabric in the same family as Modal and Tencel that is more breathable than cotton. It is a luxury eco-fabric, made in a closed loop cycle from sustainably grown wood, often eucalyptus. No plastic, polyester, or cotton used here; instead, enjoy this all natural sustainable wood pulp fiber with a luxurious silk texture. Machine wash and dry on a gentle setting.
About the Designer
David Shepard is the founder of a place-based, mission-driven aloha wear company. His drawings and designs are a further extension of his mission of conservation through aloha ’āina. M.S. Horticulture alumnus of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, his work at Limahuli Garden, Kalaupapa National Park, and Lyon Arboretum led to story telling. Shepard uses fabric and fashion to tell the story behind the 'why' of aloha ’āina. Each piece is designed and sewn in Hawai’i. They tell stories about our native flora and fauna visually on fabric, literally on tags, and change how those who wear the clothing see themselves and are seen by others. His aloha wear and Hawaiian shirts are conversation starters that bring Hawaii's storied landscapes into timeless yet contemporary clothing. In addition to empowering and giving voice to conservation efforts and kokua throughout Hawai’i, a portion of profits goes back to the organizations featured. With a place based, mission driven approach, fashion can become a platform for conservation on these islands with a voice that transcends and touches people into action far beyond this one place.