Lady Konnyaku is a brand of clothing inspired by the comfort of knit fabrics, Japanese Street Fashion, and -most significantly- the colors and silhouettes found in mid-century vintage clothing.
Malia's family established themselves during the 1960s. Her parents met, had two sons, and twenty years later, Malia was born. As a child, she was dazzled by the bright polyester clothing worn in old family photos. At age 14, she discovered a forgotten box of her brothers' childhood clothing, all dating back to the late 1960s. This prized collection of active wear, featuring a mid-century color palette, continues to influence Malia's work in fashion design.
Handmade in the USA
Malia was born in Hawaii and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her undergraduate work at Tsing Hua University in Beijing, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Chinese from the University of Washington in 2004. In 2007, she received a certificate in fashion design at the New York Fashion Academy (NYFA) in Seattle. Malia has been teaching at the NYFA since 2007.
Malia has recently hosted several workshops in conjunction with Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion at the Seattle Art Museum. Her work has been featured live on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, and Seattle's KOMO News 4 Eco-consumer, in regional publications such as The Stranger, NW Asian Weekly, Seattle Magazine, and Seattle Times, 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.