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Kauai Model Leilani Bishop's New Fragrance Line

Kauai Model Leilani Bishop's New Fragrance Line


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Discovered on a  beach on Kauai at the age of 15, top model Leilani Bishop isn’t just another pretty face. From booking campaigns for Gap, Banana Republic and Tommy Hilfiger to conquering the catwalks of New York City, this local gal, now in her 30s, is entering the beauty market with her own collection of perfumes. Here she shares her favorite fashion experiences, coming home rituals and why creating single-note oils made perfect scents.

What inspired you to start a fragrance line?

I was inspired by my upbringing in Hawaii and travels around the world as a fashion model. Each scent evokes a memory from my past. Pikake is inspired by my love for Hawaii. After moving to the Hamptons, I discovered the intoxicating aroma of Lilac. And Orange Blossom takes me back to my visits in Africa and the Mediterranean.

Does each scent match a different personality?

We all have different moods we like to express at different times. I like to break it down as: Pīkake, musky; Lilac, light and slightly sweet; and Orange Blossom, a clean smell.


Leilani Bishop Orange Blossom, Pikake and Lilac fragrance oils.

Your most exciting fashion experience?

My all-time moment was the July Vogue feature on my fragrance line, then receiving a personal letter from Anna Wintour!

The first thing you do when you step off the plane in Hawaii?

Take a big, deep breath and inhale the delicious air. The next morning, it’s all about fulfilling my papaya fix. If I have the time, I hike to Hanakapiai Beach on the Na Pali Coast. As soon as I make that hike I feel I am truly home and have washed away the Mainland.

A person you find beautiful?

I find my mother beautiful. I also find women in their 40s beautiful. This is when you can see how comfortable a woman is with who she is. It’s something I hope to support with my fragrances—one’s own expression of beauty.

Available at Honu You, 122 Oneawa St., 261-1268, and leilanibishop.com.

 

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