By Nadine Kam
Nadine Kam photos
Kris Tanahara with models Hunter Wyndham, left, and Brad Kryzykowski, in Reyn Spooner ensembles.
Reyn’s Ala Moana has undergone a serious makeover, reopening in the Macy's wing of Ala Moana Center as the Reyn Spooner store. A grand opening celebration took place Sept. 12 to mark a new look for both the brand and its retail environment, with open spaces a clear views that make it easy to shop on sight.
Tim McCullough, retired CEO and president of the company founded by his father said he loves the look of the new store and direction of current CEO Kirk Hubbard, saying, "It showcases the products beautifully and has an understated elegance, which is what the brand is all about."
Tim's sister Colleen McAluney, who was also brought up working for the company, also said she liked the store's "beautiful, modern clean lines that are close to the line itself."
Reyn's is one of the few remaining original tenants of Ala Moana Center, who shares its anniversary with Statehood, and I had a blast talking to Jackie Harris, one of the store's original employees, who was hired as a gift wrapper in 1959 at age 16.
She said she practically forced Reyn to hire her because she was there everyday bugging him.
I was like, "Why did you want to work there? You could have gone to Sears or Watumull's."
She said, "Oh, you should have seen all the good-looking young guys applying here!"
Of course the next question was whether she ended up hooking up with any of them.
"No, but we remained good friends. Working here was always like being with family. It's such a good place to work," she said.
Kooksie and Tim McCullough, longtime CEO and president of the company his father established.
Most people attending the event didn't know it, but they were also getting a sneak peek at a Reyn Spooner-Leather Soul collaboration shirt with a print in Leather Soul colors of brown and orange, worn by Shane Matsuda, at left. It will be one of the garments available when Leather Soul, coming full circle, reopens a downtown store in December. Growing beyond shoes, Leather Soul owner Tom Park, center, said it will be a full haberdashery. Justin Cariaga, right, will manage the Merchant Street shop.
Reyn Spooner CEO Kirk Hubbard, in lei, with, from left, Barron Guss, Malia Chung and Joey Lee.
Tim McCullough's sister Colleen McAluney, left, who also spent many years as a buyer for the company. She's with Brian Holt, who built the new store, and his wife Marsha and daughter Hannah.
Kirk Hubbard with Alice Galloway and Jackie Harris.
In case you forgot what the original store looked like, the new store features a photo of Reyn's founder Reyn McCullough at the original Ala Moana Center shop with brick exterior.
Another in-store photo: Reyn McCullough, far right, posed for his own circa-1970s advertisement in a Jams jumpsuit by Surf Line Hawaii. Facing him is the Territorial and state's first governor's son, Billy Quinn.
Master mixologist Joey Gottesman was at the bar, pouring the Spooner Fizz he created for the occasion with Bacardi 8 year rum, Cointreau, Amaretto di Sarronno, pineapple and orange juice, pasteurized egg whites and Bacardi Select float.
My former newsroom colleague, Gene Park, with photographer Rae Huo.
From left, Richard Bybee, Phil Iosca, Kristie Metivier and Peter Shoemaker.
Store designer Gordon Thompson said he's a fan of Osipoff designs and residential design and worked to establish an open floor plan and a welcoming look, which no doubt works. A day prior to the event, I was in the store when it was still closed to the public, and people kept trying to come in.
Dylan Galloway, Donna Carman and Richard Bybee.
Pupu from Prima was divine, including these pieces of opah pastrami on toast.