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I am blessed to say my life is full of strong empowered women. I have a long list of incredible women that hold me in a net of love and support. I asked four of them to model my shirts, because I wanted their positive energy involved in this new venture. Having them as models was like receiving a blessing from a circle of Goddesses. Thank you Lysha, Yasha, Flecha and Christine for volunteering your time and energy to this little dream of mine. You are all beautiful inside and out. One thing all four of these women have in common is their resilience. They not only have a fierce ability to create lives that lift themselves up, but also the lives of others around them. They each have moved through challenges in their lives with grace and compassion. Their personal strength, clarity, creativity and loving hearts are an inspiration to me. These are women that support other women. They are women who are secure in who they are and what they offer this world. They are the women who see a beautiful and talented woman walk through the door and their first thought is “you go girl”, not competition and jealousy. We are here to raise one another up…this is what Permission Apparel supports…the strong feminine. CHRISTINE ROBERSON Christine Roberson is a kick ass free diver, athlete, stargazer and my techie wizard here on Maui…I think she is also a real mermaid. photo by Curtis Geary @mauifreediver on Instagram Christine is on Instagram @ok_christi FLECHA TOVAR Flecha Tovar MS. HAWAII America 2015 Flecha is heavily involved in community service, including the local Charter School, Maui Pride, Maui Aids Foundation and raising the issue of foster care and the need for improved services for these children. Flecha Deluz Tovar’s name is Spanish and it translates to "Arrow of Light." She held the previous title of Ms. Maui, and won the honor to represent the State as Ms. Hawaii America 2015. She lives here on Maui with her two children Shane and Kora and her 89-year-old father, Esteban. She works as a plastic surgery liaison and patient coordinator, for an aesthetic dermatology practice. LYSHA KAMISATO WERNIG Lysha Kamisato Wernig Born and raised on Maui , Lysha’s passion for Hula and Tahitian dance started at 4 years old. Lysha is a professional dancer at the Old Lahaina Luau and a fitness instructor. She trained under Master Instructor Jean Pierre Marques to earn her certification in Kitaido Yoga.  She was crowned Miss Maui in 2004 with her platform being nutritional and physical education for youth. She is an inspiration to my heart. http://www.mauifitnessandyoga.com/ Follow her on Instagram : lysha808 DR.JOIE "YASHA" TAYLOR Dr. Joie "Yasha" Taylor holds a Ph. D in Engineering, is a gifted musician, amazing dancer, and elegant jewelry designer. Spend some time on Yasha's website learning about her multifaceted gifts, talents and business. You are going to want to acquire a piece or two of her handcrafted jewelry. www.yashajewels.com Follow her on Instagram Yashajewels...

“On December 2, 2013, same sex marriage was legalized in Hawaii. Upon hearing that great news, my friends and I on Maui, as well as my friends in the San Francisco Bay area all launched into a wild ecstatic dance of celebration! I recently photographed a full day gay wedding at the Olowalu Plantation House just a few miles from Lahaina. There was not a dry eye during the wedding ceremony and my tears of joy kept fogging up the eyepiece on my camera, I absolutely loved shooting that wedding, and we had a blast together!” -Richard Marks http://mauigayweddingphotography.com/ On Instagram: richardmarksphoto mauiprofessionalphotographer.com Richard Marks entered my life through mutual friends when I first moved to Maui. We were in the same dance community. I remember seeing his photography on the cover of Maui Vision Magazine and recognizing how soulful it was. I don’t recall how our first photo shoot evolved, but over the years I have been very lucky to collaborate with Richard on many creative projects. Richard has photographed me for all of my artist promotional photos. We have worked together in my studio, at the beach, on lava rocks, in rivers and the jungle. We celebrated my Dad turning 80 with a family photo shoot by Richard. It was the one and only time my entire family has been together here on Maui. I treasure those photos every day. When it came time to photograph my Permission Apparel shirt designs for the new website, I wanted Richard’s eye and energy involved. I am so grateful he said yes. Richard has captured the positive, fun, sexy, empowered and open heart spirit of my new business. Richard has gone above and beyond the call of duty on so many shoots. He even fell in a river backwards while shooting pictures of me a few years ago. Somehow every part of him was submerged in water accept for his camera held high above his head…I will never forget that amazing save! My point is…Richard is a dream to work with and be photographed by. He is a deeply heart centered human with a passion for making art out of everything and everyone he photographs. His creative and positive mind will have you playfully enjoying every moment of your time with him. Richard is highly intuitive and able to communicate visually a deep sense of who his subject is. Richard wears my Love is Love T shirt proudly. He is an advocate for same sex marriage and celebrates the opportunity to offer his wedding photography to this growing community of brides and grooms. Mahalo Richard for helping me birth my mermaid visions for Permission Apparel! ...

Making art never felt like a choice to me. Whether my material was playdough or a pencil I learned early on that I could escape easily into a creative zone that felt like a magical home within me. As I grew up I surrounded myself with...

Mermaids represent freedom to me. I have been drawing and painting them for as long as I can remember. The fantastical realm of mermaids and fairies has always spoken to my heart. Perhaps because I believe in the more magical...

We currently ship orders within the USA only from Maui via USPS. It takes about 5-7 business days for orders to arrive. Expedited and international shipping will be available soon. You will receive a notification email containing your tracking number. Dismiss