Talaleomalie - Spring/Summer 2018

We've called this latest collection 'Talaleomalie'. It's the Taupou name of our mother Mena and it means 'teller of good stories'. Growing up we loved hearing her stories about growing up in Samoa with her siblings, parents and extended family.  The stories were captivating and enchanting. Life was hard for our mother and her family. Not much money but they were rich in their strength of family and their faith. Stories about strong mothers, their dutiful children and the many sacrifices they made for the betterment of the wider family and their village. 

This collection is a tribute to these stories and our family members who helped paved the path for us.

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Fashion for Fiji MENA Fundraiser

In May 2016, MENA held a fashion show fundraiser to provide housing relief to victims of the the Cyclone Winston flooding in Fiji. The event raised $9000 on the night and this was provided to Habitat for Humanity. The charity event included a catwalk fashion show of the latest MENA collection and guest fashion designer from Fiji Hupfeld Hoerder. Refreshements included wines by The Sisters Wine, delicious Pacific fare by The Blue Room and tasting samples of E-Life Wild Tumeric. There was also a great lineup of Pacific vocalists and entertainers. Over 200 guests were in attendance at the beautiful Auckland venue Hopetoun Alpha.

MENA Fashion Show

MENA Palm Print Dresses and Jumpsuit

MENA Fashion Show

MENA Black and White Tropical Print Kaftans and Dresses

MENA Fashion Show

MENA Maxi Skirt & Tropical Print Dresses


MENA Fashion Show

MENA Tapa Print Dress 


MENA Fashion Show

MENA Red Tropical Kaftan and Models Backstage


MENA Fashion Show

MENA Yellow Hibiscus Collection


MENA & Shahana Jewels

MENA collaboration with Shahana Jewels

We were delighted to launch our latest collection at our new Grey Lynn store recently to a packed-out audience of MENA fans who were treated to an in-store fashion show, Ariki Vodka cocktails and giveaways. Our latest ‘Salamasina’ collection featuring our latest signature vibrant print dresses, kaftans and separates also included a collaboration on a matching jewellery range with local jewellery brand Shahana Jewels

We first met Shahana Jewels designer, Shehana Kimiangatau in 2016 when the jewellery designer offered some of her pieces to accessorise our 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. Shahana 'Salamasina' includes a ring, necklace, earrings and bracelet in a beautiful, limited edition intricate tropical palm design.

This collection is named after the Samoan Queen Salamasina (15th Century) – one of the most famous female figures in Samoan social history. It’s a fitting name as our brand has always been about strong women, respect of their Pacific heritage and service to others. Values that they’ve inherited from our 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 Salamasina collection is now available in-store and online and we will also be selling the exclusive Shehana 'Salamasina' jewellery as well.


MENA ' Salamasina' Collection 

Shahana 'Salamasina' Necklace

Shahana 'Salamasina' Necklace

Shahana 'Salamasina' Earrings

'Shahana 'Salamasina' Earrings

Shahana 'Salamasina' Necklace

Shahana 'Salamasina' Collection

Shahana 'Salamasina' Jewellery

'Shahana 'Salamasina' Collection