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Future so bright, she had to make shades

July 5th, 2012

megumimodernNadine Kam photos
Megumi Hosogai, in her Megumi-O polarized shades and T-shirt, takes a break at The Modern in the middle of her sales tour of Waikiki.

I never did like selling as a little kid going door-to-door trying to peddle candy or whatever for school fund-raisers. Some of my friends were lucky to have parents who bought their whole allotment and did the selling for them to friends and co-workers. But my parents were not like that and I had to do all the hustling, which wasn't easy in Waipahu, where all the families had kids my age who had their own fund-raisers to consider.

So I feel for every fledgling designer who not only designs but has to act as his/her own marketer, manufacturer, accountant and salesman. Of all those tasks, for me, selling for me, would be the worst (though strangely enough I sold residential real estate here for five years). But selling seems the easiest thing in the world for  Megumi Hosogai, whose story about creating her Megumi-O Asian-fit eyewear brand appears in the paper today.

She's offering a 15 percent off Megumi-O promo ending July 8 at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii time! Use promo code: 15StarAd

I interviewed her when she was in town for her 20th Punahou reunion, and watched with awe and amazement as she made the rounds of top-tier hotels to place her shades.

She honed her skills selling commercial real estate in L.A., and as a result says she has no problem with cold calling. She has boundless energy anyway, so even though I was amused that she wore her high school prom dress to her reunion—who does that?—I wasn't surprised that it still fit her!

Then she showed me a photo of her prom dress, and let's just say her Rachel London's Garden dress wasn't very typical of promwear circa 1992! As brash as her form-fitting all-over floral dress was, her classmates didn't remember it when they saw it again!

Just goes to show you, social media and blogging are good things. Posting photos and happenings will help jog your memory when it starts fading.

I tend to remember a lot, but when I think about the first half of my life, it feels like I'm a third party looking at a different person.

megumirenunionPhotos courtesy Megumi Hosogai
Megumi Hosogai at her high school prom below, and 20 years later, at her Punahou reunion in her prom dress.

megumipromA drama queen then and always.

megumiboothWith friends in her Punahou reunion photo booth, with and without her Megumi-O shades.

sanchezMegumi-Os on singer-songwriter and actress Roselyn Sanchez.

fuhrmanAnd on "The Hunger Games' " Isabelle Fuhrman.

4 Responses to “Future so bright, she had to make shades”

  1. Robyn Fago:

    Megumi-O is just simply amazing.. Her style is Amazing. Theres so much more to know about Megumi <3, Megumi is a very INTELLIGENT , GENUINE Business Woman , who puts the NOW 1st., A Faboulous CREATOR of THESE HIGH END Megumi-O "s . From Recording Artists , to Models & the Hottest Stars!! Get it while it's hot cause it's getting HOTTER and about to EXPLODE !!
    LOVE MY MEGUMI -O"s /------ straight from Staten Island New York ---- Good Luck All My Love -- <3.
    What an Amazing Journey , sooooo excited for you... xoxo

  2. Jeni:

    I went to high school with Megumi and for some reason I don't remember her prom dress either! I have gone with her to a few stores in Hawaii while she marketed her sunglasses to various retailers - it's fun watching Megumi in action!

  3. Cy Governs:

    Megumi's near-constant energy is infectious. I think too many entrepreneurs have a narrow concept of clientele and it leads to their demise. For Megumi, everyone's a potential client. Her spirit made me believe even I (who consider myself completely fashion-inept) belong in MEGUMI-Os. She didn't just sell me some HOT! shades, she sold me on the potential of myself. It's why I expect that she'll see continued success. I'm winking at her through my MEGUMI-Os. Go girl, and so will I!

  4. Patrick Kennedy:

    Love the prom photo, gorgeous!


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