Inspired by her upbringing in Hawaii and her travels around the world as a fashion model, Leilani created the LEILANI BISHOP collection of single- note scents. In Hawaiian, LEILANI means "Flowers from Heaven" and growing up on the beautiful island of Kauai, she has been heavily influenced by the sensuality of flowers. The three single- note fragrances in the LEILANI BISHOP collection− Pikake, Lilac and Orange Blossom− are inspired by the memories each individual scent evokes.
Living in Hawaii and dancing hula as a child, Leilani cultivated an early awareness of the earth. In Hawaiian culture, you're taught to respect the power of the earth and to honor her beauty. Pikake is inspired by her upbringing and love for Hawaii. As a young woman in the fashion industry, Leilani was able to indulge her love for beauty with luxurious clothes, further exploring her sensuality. A time marked by her find of Lilacs, which she discovered upon moving to the Hamptons, a scent that is as intoxicating as any tropical flower. Leilani's love for travel and the exotic is represented in the third scent, Orange Blossoms, reminding her of visits to Africa and the Mediterranean, signifying her journey of becoming a woman. With her LEILANI BISHOP fragrance oils, she wants the wearer to feel as if the scent accents her own unique femininity.
As collectors of antiquities of all cultures, Leilani’s parents sparked a curiosity of the world and its mysteries. In fact, the three LEILANI BISHOP roller- ball bottles are inspired by a jewel-like antique- glass vase. In the early days of beauty products, the packaging and casing made one feel as beautiful and abundant as the products themselves. This is a feeling the LEILANI BISHOP scents recapture.
is important to Leilani that women celebrate themselves in all ways, she believes nothing is stronger and more
powerful than a women’s femininity and her ability to express it. This is what inspires her lifestyle and
After being discovered on the beach at age fifteen, Leilani moved to New York City, and began working with major photographers such as Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber, Arthur Elgort, and Pamela Hanson.
Her breakthrough came with an Allure cover, shot by Sante D’Orazio and soon after she began booking campaigns for the Gap, Banana Republic, Versus, and Tommy Hilfiger. Leilani has been lucky enough to work with many photographers and designers that she respects and loves, such as Patrick Demarchelier, Albert Watson, Dewey Nicks and Ellen von Unwerth, among others.
She has walked the runway for Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana, Versus, DKNY, and Victoria’s Secret.
Creativity is an essential part of Leilani’s life, and being in an industry where she can branch out and explore is important to her. It made her happy to cross the lines from modeling into acting when she landed the feature role in “Intern,” a film by Michael Lange; and when she shot the video "Deep Inside of You," for the San Francisco-based band Third Eye Blind. Leilani is also featured on the cover of Hole’s breakthrough CD “Live Through This.”
After her son was born, Leilani moved back to Hawaii and founded a non-profit called WOMEN FOR THE WORLD, in which she worked with her peers to tackle educational issues in key areas around the world.During this time LEILANI BISHOP FRAGRANCES was conceptualized, and with modeling and school for her son calling her back to New York, it was the perfect opportunity to bring it to fruition. Her goal is to have a portion of profits funneled to support education for women thoughout the world. As health and well being has always been an important part of her life, as well as giving back, she completed Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee's, yoga training in 2010-11 and has taught at their studio Yoga Shanti, for the last year, as well as assists them on occasion. Leilani feels it is important to be expressed in all areas of life and to follow one's passions and dreams.