Last Empire men honour mothers in muumuu

Barbers and male car washers at The Last Empire Car Wash & Detailing honoured the mothers of Samoa and the world in the most unconventional way – by wearing dresses on the job on what was a very busy Mother’s Day eve.

Manager and owner of The Last Empire, Sam Valaau Yue told the Samoa Observer their Mother’s Day celebration was a success and he was surprised at how receptive their customers were to the idea.

“We were so busy and the customers they loved it. We even had so many new faces today that we have never seen before,” he said with a laugh.

“So many people loved the idea and the whole reason behind it – customers here at our place, people going by our place, smiling and taking pictures, people from overseas. Just everyone aye. I’m a bit surprised myself.”

A post on The Last Empire Facebook page explained that the gimmick was to “remember our mothers.”

The car wash plus barber shop called The Last Empire Cutz and Suppz shop in Saleufi employs nine men and five women. Everyone donned a mu'umu'u or a kaftan or a dress, including Mr. Yue.

“Everyone wore olomu'u including [me] but I was hiding in the office,” Mr. Yue laughed.

(Samoans call the mu’umu’u, the loose fitting dress from Hawai'i, the “olomuu.”)

Customers were invited to wear a muumuu to receive a 20 percent discount on a cut or car wash.

 “Happy Mother’s Day! [We are] remembering our mothers today at our workplace, so we dress like them knowing how important they are in our lives,” The Last Empire says in a post.

“Thank you God for our mothers. Come down wearing an olomuu and get a 20 percent discount from the car wash and barber shop. God bless all our mothers.”

Mr. Yue celebrated the successful Mother’s Day promotion in a post.

“[Isaiah 25:1] Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago,” the company said on their business page.

“From The Last Empire Car Wash and Detailing and the The Last Empire Cutz and Suppz, happy Mother’s Day to all our mums in Samoa, Australia, New Zealand and all over the world. We love yous. Thank you everyone for your support, we are very grateful for your kindness. Have a safe weekend. God bless!”


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