Issa de’ mar designers Marissa Eveland and Melissa Jasniy are good friends who surf and lived on the North Shore of Oahu together. They began by hand sewing each suit and eventually turned the downstairs of their beach bungalow into their sewing studio & creative lair. Marissa has been sewing since she was 11 and has been creating bathing suit patterns and bikinis for herself while growing up on the North Shore and surfing competitively. Melissa grew up surfing the coast of California and moved to Oahu when she was 17, she then got her degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. They combined their passion, design expertise, and love for surfing and Issa de’ mar was born.