Ni sa bula vinaka! Introducing Oh My Ocean artist,
Keva Rands (Fiji, Hawaiʻi, Sāmoa and Tongareva) is a fashion designer and the creative mind behind Papa Clothing. Established in 2014, Papa Clothing has grown from a home-based passion project, where her cutting table doubled as a dining table, to a full-time clothing brand with a studio in Avondale, Tāmaki Makaurau. Keva makes bespoke designs that use all-natural textiles and following sustainable practices. Through Papa Clothing, Keva is dedicated to creating inclusive and body positive clothing that is inspired by the women in her family and their connections to the Pacific.
Keva’s 2020 Fale-ship highlights the kaupapa of her brand. With a focus on uplifting Queer and Pacific communities, Papa Clothing is dedicated to learning, developing skills and thinking of fresh ways to keep its practice sustainable. This is showcased through the choice of eco-friendly and sustainable materials and working alongside local production companies to create her designs. Check out more about Keva and her brand at papaclothing.co.nz and at @papa_clothing.
Oh My Ocean runs from October 30 2021 – January 29 2022