If you are lucky enough to be wearing a Maggie Coulombe dress, all eyes are on you. She has dressed celebrities on and off the red carpet – Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Halle Berry, Teri Hatcher, Lindsey Lohan, to name a few.
Maggie Coulombe’s exotic background, Korean ancestry, a Toronto native, living in Hawaii and globetrotting are the foundation of her eclectic style. Designing off the beaten path in Maui, inspired by the natural beauty has led to a collection that accents the essence of women all around the globe. Fashionistas from as far as Dubai, Russia, China, Tokyo, and London frequent The Maggie Coulombe Store created in 2000.
Her designs have been featured in Elle, Instyle, Glitter Japan, Glamorous Japan, Lid, Modern Luxury, as well as, US weekly, Lifestyle, Star on the latest trendsetters.
Maui is the ideal escape for travelers seeking leisurely adventures and captivating experiences. The second largest of the Hawaiian Islands, it’s home to more than 30 miles of pristine beaches, most of them perfect for swimming and paddle boarding. You can also slip into sandals and peruse the resorts that line Wailea Beach for delectable restaurants and stylish boutiques. Resort casual fits the Maui lifestyle, and an effortless silk caftan or kimono-style tunic from Maggie Coulombe’s signature collection bring comfort and beauty together. The celebrity designer left behind the mainland’s red carpet for Maui’s white sands 20 years ago, and she couldn’t be more grateful for it.
“Maui inspires artists working every medium- chefs, screenplay writers, and me,” says the Toronto raised Coulombe. “There’s something organic about the colors, the textures, and the culture that feels so vibrant and alive. Maui makes me feel both grounded and passionately creative at the same time.”
Coulombe has made a name for herself in the fashion world by creating luxurious pieces that wear as gracefully on the beach as they do at dinner. “Maui’s laid-back yet sophisticated lifestyle has really helped me elevate my line,” she says “go from Haleakala to a hidden Hana waterfall and then over to Morimoto for an exquisite meal, all in the same dress. My pieces transcend island wear and travel beautifully.”
When Coulombe isn’t designing in her Lahaina studio or at her boutique in Whalers Village, she’s soaking up the lush bounty Hawai’i has to offer. “I love the volcanoes, the fish, the flowers-but my favorite place is Olowalu. There’s one spot where the ocean and mountains actually glow at sunset.”
While Coulombe’s work demands jet-setter status, she has no reservations when it’s time to leave the skyscrapers behind. “I’ve been to resorts all over the globe and coming back to Maui is always special. We have every luxury you could ever desire, and a lifestyle that’s the envy of the world,” she says. “I never thought I would live in Hawai’i. I came on vacation and just let it happen. Now, I’m home.”
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