Hau’oli Apparel was inspired by the Hawaiian word for happy – how●ol●lay. Happiness for Keegann Skiba, founder of Hau’oli Apparel, has always meant being outside. Her connection to nature is what fuels her commitment to creating sustainable, quality children’s clothing, which are all handmade in Vancouver, BC. Each piece is made from GOTS certified organic cotton and the digital prints she uses are all water-based pigment inks and dyes, which decrease our impact on the environment. Designed for 3-6 months to 24months, Keegann is continuously developing new pieces past her original harem pant in her limited edition collection. All of her pieces are kid tested (and approved!) to inspire a day outside at the beach, a tumble into a rain puddle, a trip to the park or wherever your adventures take you! We had the chance to ask Keegann about her story and the journey with launching her brand!
If you had to describe yourself in one sentence what would you say?
I am a wild child with a sewing machine.
How and why did you begin your career?
Sewing has always been apart of me and I woke up a year ago and felt the pull back to my creative roots.
Describe your business – what makes it unique?
All my pieces are handmade by me in my Kitsilano studio. I have an eye for fresh new prints, that speak to my love of the outdoors.
Where did your business start out and what did you do to get it to where you are today?
Freshly launched 3 months ago, I am still growing my brand as fast as one person can sew! I am committed to quality, comfort and style. Each week brings a new challenge and goal and my entrepreneurial spirit is able to ride the wave of growing my business.
What do you love most about what you do? • Where do you see this business in 5 years?
Seeing my pieces on the smiling faces of your little ones! In 5 years I want to sell Internationally and I would be opposed to seeing Beyonce’s twins wearing a matching pair of harem pants!
What is a passion project you are working on?
I am exploring a philanthropy project that gives families in need clothing, equipment and products for their infant children.
What are a few of your must-haves?
Sewing machine, ocean, laughter, and chap stick.
Who inspires you?
What’s the number one value that you take with you through your personal life that extends into your business?
What adversity have you faced in business?
Time. It is challenging building a business when you only have so many hours in a day.
What would you like to say to young women with similar career goals?
Persistence and tenacity is key to making your dreams a reality.
What is your best promotional tool?
Why is the Lower Mainland a great place to live and work?
Life is good when you live where the sea meets the sky.