Living Lei Chic: HiFi Coop

Do you want to be a fashion designer, but don't know where to start? Or maybe you just don't have the resources... Well the HiFi Coop is the perfect place for you. Tucked away on the second floor of Ward Warehouse, the working/retail space is a hub of inspiration from the floor newly decoupaged with fashion magazines to a shop stocked with local designs. Sign up for classes such as making your own lacy boyshorts, prom dresses, and even expert advice on building your fashion portfolio. Work on your own projects in the airy, fully-equipped workroom. And when the creative process hits a snag, you can seek stimulation in the retail store full of finds such as Maui Thing tops, Umee dresses, Organik tunics, Arkotec shirts and onesies, silk scarves, limited edition Hifi and Sierra Dew collaboration pieces, and Salty Girl jewelry. Hifi members can also take advantage of the photo studio, meeting and event spaces. Hifi founders Toby Portner and Melissa May White encourage connecting and collaborating so beginners and professionals alike can find a helping hand.

The Hifi Coop opens this weekend at Ward Warehouse, second floor above T&C Surf. The grand opening is Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. The first workshops are Fashion Portfolio RX and Prom Dress Redux . To register, for more information, or to read more about the Hifi Coop, visit the Hawaii Fashion Incubator's website.

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