Seattle's friendliest fashion designer, Malia Peoples, finds inspiration in the vintage materials she has foraged from fashionable aunty's estate sale or the depths of a far away thrift store... constantly cruising for cuts of vintage fabrics. Nothing compares to the stylings of super-cool vintage fabric, and who doesn't love a unique print or use of color? Using a combination of flat pattern making and draping, her designs are made to maximize the preservation of worthy finds, as many are found only once and in small yardages.
In her sustainable clothing line, Lady Konnyaku, one will find a fun-to-wear assortment of 1960s Mod, 1970s Disco-era and Japanese Street fashion-inspired looks. Colors handshake colors, patterns kick it with other patterns, and everything is thrown into a blender, resulting in a tasty milkshake-mix of brand new and unused vintage fabrics. High-fashion techniques are used to produce a long-lasting, high quality, thoughtful garment that is on the forefront of the "modern-vintage" Seattle fashion. Everything is 100% designer made- resulting in the utmost in smart stylings and quality assurance.
Malia's work has been featured on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, live on Seattle's KOMO 4 news, in regional publications such as The Stranger, Seattle Magazine, NW Asian Weekly and Seattle Sound Magazine, as well as on display at the Seattle Art Museum, the Nordic Heritage Museum, and the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. She is also the winner of Seattle Magazine's 2011 Seamless in Seattle fashion design competition.
When Malia is not making clothing, she balances her time and creative juices by making bar tools for craft bartenders at McSology. In 2013, her line of cut and sewn T-shirts for men, Other Peoples Polyester, is set to launch.
Malia says: Fiercely unique and crazy stylish clothing feels great- simulate the feeling of love with Lady Konnyaku Clothing!