Doctor-designer’s resort wear fashion line mixes Hawaii with India
Jan 15, 2014, 2:07pm HST
A physician at Castle Medical Center in Kailua is launching a luxury resort wear fashion line called Maia. Rupal Gohil practices internal medicine for the Kailua hospital, but when she’s not working, she’s focused on her creative passion of fashion design.
“This is me exercising my right brain,” she told PBN, joking that her patients would not appreciate her using her creative side on them.
Instead, she thinks about her luxury resort wear designs when she is not working full-time at Castle Medical Center.
“This is just a side of work that’s completely separate,” she said.
Gohil is celebrating the launch of her Maia line with an invitation-only fashion show to be held at The Modern Honolulu’s Sunset Pool on Saturday.
The resort and beach wear line combines the vibrant colors and fabrics of Hawaii with Indian couture. The clothing is designed in Hawaii and made in India.
“I’ve tried to bring about the intricate embroideries and beautiful textiles out of India and marry that concept to easy, breezy Hawaiian style and trends,” Gohil said.
Gohil said The Fairmont Kea Lani hotel on Maui placed the first order with Maia, which she is still working to fill. Currently, her designs are available through private order, and Gohil is working with local boutiques and other hotels to carry the line.
“Right now, Waikiki and Maui have a lot of interest,” she said.
Gohil grew up in the Midwest, and moved to India as a teenager. She said she was fascinated by the marketplaces and fashion in India.
“I met the local artisans who were kind enough to take me on to teach me about the embroidery, the different fabrics and what they could hold,” she said.
Despite her strong interest in fashion design, Gohil attended medical school and completed her residency training in Chicago, after which she wanted a change of pace and moved to Hawaii in 2009.
“This is something that’s a passion of mine,” Gohil said. “Seeing it come to fruition is an amazing experience in and of itself, but the fact that I’m launching in Hawaii is more exciting.”