Pacific fashion brand MENA launched their Summer collection at their new Grey Lynn, Auckland store recently to a packed-house of MENA fans who were treated to an in-store fashion show, Ariki Vodka cocktails and giveaways.
Salamasina is their latest signature collection of vibrant print dresses, kaftans and separates – it also includes a collaboration on matching jewellery range with local jewellery brand Shahana Jewels.
The MENA owners first met Shahana Jewels designer, Shehana Kimiangatau in 2016 when Shehana offered some of her pieces to accessorise a MENA fashion show fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity.
This time round Shehana wanted to design some pieces to specifically complement one of MENA’s signature prints in the Salamasina range.
This collection is named after the Samoan Queen Salamasina (15th Century) – one of the most famous female figures in Samoan social history.
The owners of MENA – Agnes, Jackie, Gina and Charlene, say it’s a fitting name as their brand has always been about strong women, respect of their Pacific heritage and service to others. Values that they’ve inherited from their mother Mena Loheni. ‘We love the intricate pieces that Shehana designed – they are very unique and sophisticated pieces that complement our new prints so well.
MENA’s new collection is now available in-store and online and they will also be selling the Shehana pieces as well while stock lasts.