Leone Samu Tui - Malo lava le soifua, Tēnā koutou, Si’oto’ofa, Malo Ni. I’m an i-Moana maker-designer born and raised in Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland, NZ). I whakapapa to the villages of Malie, Sapunaoa, and Eva in Samoa, and Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa in Aotearoa.
AOLELE looks to the power of personal adornment to elevate our spirits, make bold statements, and celebrate cultural heritage and identity. Inspired by alofa for contemporary Pacific art and heritage, the handmade collection injects fearless colour into celebrated Pacific motifs, embracing and reworking them as wearable pieces of art. AOLELE designs are intended to be worn as triumphant declarations of love for Te Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa.