Other Peoples Polyester is a line of clothing and accessories made from a mix of vintage, reclaimed, and designer fabrics from past seasons. In this way, we offer an ethical alternative to fast fashion, an industry that pollutes the environment and exploits labor worldwide. OPP is inspired by Japanese Street Fashion and the colors and silhouettes found in mid-century vintage clothing. Handmade in Seattle.
The Creative Spark
OPP designer Malia Peoples’ family established themselves during the 1960s. Her parents met, had two sons, and twenty years later, Malia was born. As a child, she was dazzled by the bright polyester clothing worn in old family photos. At age 14, she discovered a forgotten box of her brothers’ childhood clothing, all dating back to the late 1960s. This prized collection of active wear, featuring a mid-century color palette, continues to influence Malia’s work in fashion design.
Malia Peoples was born in Hawaii and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her undergraduate work at Tsing Hua University in Beijing, and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Chinese from the University of Washington in 2004. In 2007, she received a certificate in fashion design at the New York Fashion Academy (NYFA) in Seattle. Malia was on the NYFA faculty from 2007-2015.
Malia was the teaching artist for The Wing Luke Museum’s YouthCAN program in Winter 2015 and has hosted several workshops in conjunction with the Seattle Art Museum’s Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style and Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion exhibits. As of 2020, she continues to teach workshops at the Seattle Art Museum, E-textiles at the Seattle Public Library, and weekly sewing workshops in the Yesler Terrace housing community.
Her work has been featured live on Art Zone with Nancy Guppy, and Seattle’s KOMO News 4, in regional publications such as The Stranger, NW Asian Weekly, Seattle Magazine, and Seattle Times, as well as on display at the Seattle Art Museum, the Nordic Heritage Museum, and the Wing Luke Museum.
She is the winner of Seattle Magazine’s 2011 Seamless in Seattle fashion design competition.