Small business spotlight: Lynn Sakutori, always a.line

Tell us a little bit about always a.line. What do you enjoy the most about your business?

I’m truly grateful that I could create a successful business by doing what I love— designing clothes. I started always a.line in 2013 under my company Sakutori Designs, LLC. Every month, I produce a new collection using custom knitted fabrics and prints. I meticulously ensure the fit and drape is perfected, so women look and feel their best. All are designed and produced here on Oahu. We take pride in supporting our local community and supporting made in the USA products.

I have been sewing almost all my life and I enjoy being able to create, assemble and problem solve through sewing. It is rewarding to see my ideas come to life and see others enjoy wearing my creations.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs?

Hawaii’s lifestyle and special culture is inspirational. We have one long beautiful and warm season year-round. What’s motivating is helping women with the perfect fit that makes them feel their best. A lot of our clothes are versatile that can be worn casually in the day and dressed up for the night.

Why did you choose to attend UH?

I enjoyed living in Hawaii and being close to my family and friends.  It was great to have a wide range of classes to take to explore my career options. When I discovered there was a fashion program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, it was fate. I loved learning about all aspects of fashion from its history, merchandising, fabric types to construction.

What do you value most about your time at UH?

My instructors and classes in fashion design gave me a clearer vision to pursue a career in the fashion industry. I cherish the friends I made, and experiences gained.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an incoming UH student?

Take several classes that interest you to find your passion. Even take classes or do internships that you may be interested in but not 100% sure about. College is about growth and exploration. Learn as much as you can. Only then can you really make an accurate decision whether it’s for you. Also try to be well rounded in different disciplines such as business, marketing, accounting, art, communication – these skills are so valuable in the workforce.

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