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Kini Zamora

30, Kapolei, HI

Current occupation?

Full-time designer for my own company.

Past jobs?

Retail visual manager for Pacsun and Wet Seal.


Kini (key-knee), short for Kiniokahokuloa because it's too long to say.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

When I was little I always sketched. Started sewing when I was 10 and loved everything about it. I could see a sketch come to life.

First garment you ever made?

A pair of elastic shorts made out of scrap cotton Hawaiian print.

What's your design training/schooling, etc.?

I graduated from Honolulu Community College’s fashion technology department with my AAS Degree in Fashion Technology. I also went to FIT for a year to further my fashion education.

Have you won any awards for your designs/work related to design?

The local FRESH FACE design competition.

Strengths as a designer?

I can sew fast, and I can drape and draft patterns with no book.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Editing my designs and over-designing.

What's playing on your iPod when you're designing?

Nicki Minaj, Rita Ora, Ariana Grande, Tove Lo.

Favorite material or fabric to work with?

Denim, poplin.

Item you're most proud of designing?

A black matte satin double-breasted jacket.

Favorite designer(s)?

Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld, Zac Posen.

Sketch or drape?

Sketch. I love to sketch whenever I can and have the free time. I sketch on anything.

Patterns or solids?

Solids because if it's too boring you can always paint on it to make it a print.

Favorite colors?

Green, black, grey.

Biggest fear as a designer?

That my hands get injured and I can't use them to sketch, sew or design.

Fashion must?

Nice good-fitting pair of jeans.

Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

Gaucho pants.

Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?

A moss green felt sweater.

Favorite style icon?

Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker.

What would you design for the First Lady?

For evening, a floor-length full skirt shift dress with sleeveless top out of brocade. For day, a black pant suit.

Celebrity you wish you could design for?

Rihanna. Evening gown, floor-length, red, sexy and classy.

If you had to name your label, you'd call it...

KZ. I actually own my own label called KZ and I have designed two full collections for it.

If you weren't designing, you'd be...

Farming and learning more about my Hawaiian culture.

Dream place to set up your business?

Nothing better than my home in Hawaii, but I would love to own and open an atelier in NYC.

Websites that feature your work?

Kinizamora.com, kinianddinko.com, kinizamora.etsy.com

How were you described as a kid?

Very adventurous. A rascal with a high voice.

How are you described by your family and friends?

Goal oriented, determined, driven, vengeful, fun and adventurous. Willing to do whatever, whenever. Up for anything.

Why do you think you're easy to live with?

I don’t think I am! I'm a neat freak and I like things a certain way.

Favorite hangout?

Beach beach beach. Any chance I get to head out and jump in the ocean. Local bar with live music with close friends. At home on my couch watching "Will & Grace" while drinking wine and eating pizza.



Favorite movies and TV shows?

"The Devil Wears Prada," "September Issue," "Will & Grace."

Favorite books/authors?

Alexander McQueen's biography.

Favorite websites?

Craigslist, H&M.com



Fast food or gourmet?

Gourmet but fast food McDonald's #1 with a Dr. Pepper.

Cooking or takeout?

Cook. I love to learn how to make new dishes and try new things.

Favorite foods?

Fried chicken, steak, hamburgers, French fries.

Beer or wine?

Red wine. Pinot noir.

Guiltiest pleasure?

Grey Goose martini with a splash of lemon.

Biggest pet peeve?

Laziness, loud eating, people on the phone at meals.

How did you end up auditioning for PR?

I found out about casting and just took the chance. I've been to three open casting calls and three closed calls. This will be my sixth time trying out for PR and I finally made it!

Favorite past PR designer?

Season 1 winner Jay McCarroll.

Challenge you wish they'd bring back?

Fresh flower/garden challenge.

Your take on team challenges:

Hate team challenges because I wouldn’t want to carry other people. I hate carrying dead weight.

What do you look for in a model?

Their walk is the main thing! Tall, skinny, with long legs.

Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?

Yes I know I could win because I have the skill and drive to be the next top American fashion designer. I have the talent and creativity, and I can bring something no else one has since I'm from Hawaii.