The wait is over. Kohala born designer Manaola Yap has finally released his first line of covetable accessories under his eponymous Manaola label, which encompasses unforgettable original prints paired with sensational colors. Since bursting onto the scene, the designer has been lauded by both critics and shoppers alike. Among the latest must-haves: a boutique collection of eye-catching bags, which includes a duffel and chic backpack that are perfect for running off to beach yoga, tennis or a weekend getaway. Yap’s focused dedication on producing his harmoniously symmetric, signature patterns comes from meticulous technique. He first handcarves his creations into a bamboo lath before applying the traditional Hawaiian stamping technique known as ‘ohe kāpala. And all the while, Yap’s deep-rooted connection to his heritage is clearly evident in the vibrancy and strength of his end product. This summer, be on trend and grab our fave piece from the collection: the Luxe Snap tote, perfect for any leisurely excursion.
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