JALENE KANANI BELL - President & Creative Director
A natural born creative, textile designer Jalene Kanani began her creative expression through hula, beginning at the age of 3, and within 3 years she was a regular keiki performer in Don Ho’s iconic Waikiki show. As a teenager she became a governor’s model who traveled the United States promoting Hawaiʻi as well as an international hula dancer for Tihati Productions. Her experience as a hula dancer provided a steadfast foundation to ignite her cultural curiosities while defining herself as an ambassador of aloha.
Creativity was not only encouraged but modeled for Jalene, whose mother owned and designed Hawaiian fashion label Wailani Originals: Hula Girl Creations,” a line of t-shirts and bags sold at Liberty House and McInerny in the early 1970s and became her first foray into design. Determined to develop her business acumen to compliment her creative impulses, she earned a B.A. in Political Science which led her to a corporate job in furniture flooring and equipment supply. Working with textile manufacturers afforded her the unique opportunity to forge important relationships within the industry as well as realize the niche markets that had yet to be developed in Hawaiʻi and beyond. Her designs were well-received and she began licensing designs to international manufacturers such as Duralee and Durkan.
In 2008 she established Jalene Kanani Inc., designing commercial carpeting and flooring through ProSPEC contract fabric, where she continued to hone her skills and develop her unique brand aesthetic. Her experience inspired her to parlay her tribal prints into a collection of home goods in unexplored areas of Hawaiʻi's interior industry.
In 2018 she launched NOHO HOME with a line of bedding featuring her distinguished patterns. With dreams of new textiles and product development on the horizon, Jalene’s success in the world of home decor has only just begun.
MEET THE TEAM:
KAHEA MONTGOMERY - Project Manager/Executive Assistant
Kahea Montgomery is a Fashion Journalist and Fashion Stylist born and raised in Hawaii. He holds a Bachelor's Degree (BS) in Apparel Product Design & Merchandising from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Fashion Journalism from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Kahea has directed and produced his own editorial photo shoots, worked as a model coordinator and fashion show director, written fashion stories backstage at New York Fashion Week, and conducted interviews with some of the fashion industries most influential designers.
Kahea joined the NOHO HOME team in the early stages of its development and continues to work closely with Jalene to keep production, marketing, and distribution schedules on track. Kahea’s attention to detail, critical design eye, and cultural sensitivity serve as a sounding board for Jalene, helping to bring her design intentions to life.
ANNY CABA - Graphic Designer
Anny Caba is born a born and raised New Yorker, traveling the world and working remotely as a digital nomad. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Fashion Design from Fashion Institute of Technology in 2017 and has been exploring foreign countries and freelancing ever since.
Having worked in both the fashion and home goods industries back in New York, Anny enjoys a wide range of fashion, textile, and graphic design. Although she was raised in a city, Anny discovered her true passions and inspirations for design came from working directly with the artisans and cultural practitioners she met in the villages and rural countrysides visited in her travels. Peru, India, and Indonesia are cited as some of her favorite and most memorable places that she’s traveled.
Anny was invited to work with Jalene Kanani and NOHO HOME due to her stylish aesthetic, technical design knowledge, and for her openness and appreciation of indigenous world cultures. Since joining the NOHO HOME team, Anny has visited Hawaiʻi on multiple occasions, and continues to learn more about the beautiful customs and cultures that reside here.
BRAY HITZEMAN - Financial Services Intern
Bray Hitzeman is the middle daughter of Jalene Kanani Bell. She was born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii along with her sisters Sienna and JC. After graduating from Kapolei High School in 2015, Bray continues her academic studies at Grand Canyon University, studying Business Administration with a focus in Entrepreneurial Studies -- she is projected to graduate in Fall 2019. Bray joins the NOHO HOME team as a Financial Services Intern.
JC HITZEMAN - Sales & Marketing Associate
Jaycinth Hitzeman (JC) is the youngest daughter of Jalene Kanani Bell. Like her sisters, she was also born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii. She has since graduated with honors from Island Pacific Academy in 2016 and continues her education towards a Bachelorʻs Degree in Business Management. She is currently a Junior attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona and is projected to graduate in the Spring of 2020. JC joins the NOHO HOME team as a Sales & Marketing Associate.
NOHO HOME is a sophisticated island experience cultivated through artful home decor.
Welina, & Welcome to NOHO HOME by Jalene Kanani!
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