Issa de’ mar designers Marissa Eveland and Melissa Jasniy are good friends who surf and lived on the North Shore of Oahu together. They began by hand sewing each suit and eventually turned the downstairs of their beach bungalow into their sewing studio & creative lair. Marissa has been sewing since she was 11 and has been creating bathing suit patterns and bikinis for herself while growing up on the North Shore and surfing competitively. Melissa grew up surfing the coast of California and moved to Oahu when she was 17, she then got her degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. They combined their passion, design expertise, and love for surfing and Issa de’ mar was born. They sold suits out of a tiger painted ice cream truck with Roam Hawaii, a mobile marketplace they started with their closest friends. When girls started taking a liking to the cuts and patterns they decided to make their suits available to more people.
They officially launched Issa de’ mar March of 2013 and have been overwhelmed by the positive attention and momentum Issa de’ mar has gained. They continue to be inspired by the places they travel, waves they surf, and people they meet! Surfing, sewing and creativity is as much in their bones as there is salt in their hair. Living between California and Oahu makes a bikini the essential in their wardrobes.