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Hermès Le Bain at T Galleria

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December 11th, 2014



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comCyri Chan introduces the Hermès Le Bain popup at T Galleria Hawaii.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Cyri Chan introduces the Hermès Le Bain popup at T Galleria Hawaii.

T Galleria welcomed media on Wednesday for the launch of the exclusive Hermès Le Bain Pop-Up in its beauty department.

PHOTO COURTESYHERMÈS / nkam@staradvertiser.comSplish, splash, bath time just got more elegant with Hermès.

PHOTO COURTESYHERMÈS / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Splish, splash, bath time just got more elegant with Hermès.

Le Bain marks Hermès' foray into new territory as the company expands its focus from the individual into the home and the art of living through fragrance for the bath, body and living spaces.

In town for the occasion was Cyri Chan, one of the company's fragrance specialists, from Hong Kong.

At the heart of Hermès bath collection are the notes of the perfumes in the luxury house's Colognes and Garden Perfumes collection. The scents can now be layered via a products ranging from creamy bubble bath and revitalising shampoo, to a skin-hydrating balm, toning gel, soothing body milk and gentle soap.

According to Chan, one of the aims of the collection is to evoke the daily pleasure of bath ritual throughout the day.

The popup comes at a great time, with some beautiful sets packaged for holiday gift-giving, such as a set of four miniature perfumes for $63: Jour d’Hermès

Eau Claire des Merveilles, Un Jardin sur le Nil and Voyage d’Hermès.

A boxed collection of three Colognes & Parfums Jardin soaps is $60. There is also a Hawaii exclusive set, the Garden Perfume Collection, comprising four 15 ml eau de toilette sprays, two each of Hermès most popular fragrances, the unisex Un Jardin sur le Nil and Un Jardin sur le Toit, the former evoking a sensory stroll along the Mediterannean coast, and the latter inspired by a garden in the heart of Paris.

The evolution of Le Bain marks a continuation of Hermès history of craftsmanship. The house started by Thierry Hermès in 1837 was established as a harness workshop dedicated to provide high-quality leather harness and bridles for European noblemen.

The artisan tradition has continued into the 21st century, applied to all aspects of the Hermès lifestyle, from the creation of silk scarves, handbags and jewelry, to perfumes that were first launched in 1951.

The scent of Hermès colognes now grace a full line of Le Bain bath and home fragrance products.

The scent of Hermès colognes now grace a full line of Le Bain bath and home fragrance products.

Hermès Eau Claire des Merveilles is a woody-amber fragrance that is said to hold the spirit of wood and memory of oceans.

Hermès Eau Claire des Merveilles is a woody-amber fragrance that is said to hold the spirit of wood and memory of oceans.

Hermès Un Jardin Hawaii exclusive collection.

Hermès Un Jardin Hawaii exclusive collection.

Shoppers can also create custom gift boxes such as this one, filled with Un Jardin Sur Le Toit and Sur Le Nil products.

Shoppers can also create custom gift boxes such as this one, filled with Un Jardin Sur Le Toit and Sur Le Nil products.

People are clamoring for these soaps around the globe, so according to Chan, T Galleria is fortunate to be able to stock these.

People are clamoring for these soaps around the globe, so according to Chan, T Galleria is fortunate to be able to stock these.

Tables were set with flowers in Hermès orange.

Tables were set with flowers in Hermès orange.

The Hermès pop-up will be open through Feb. 28, 2015. More exciting beauty pop-ups are set to arrive at T Galleria throughout the year, so keep your eye on that space! Of course with the company's duty-free roots, you won't pay taxes on your purchases.

T Galleria Hawaii is at 330 Royal Hawaiian Ave. Look for the Hermès Le Bain popup on Level 2.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

HCC alums come 'Full Circle'

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December 3rd, 2014



PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.comHonolulu Community College Fashion Technology instructor Joy Nagaue, center, shares student and alumnus euphoria following the "Full Circle" fundraiser that took place Nov. 19 at Stage Restaurant.

PHOTOS BY NADINE KAM / nkam@staradvertiser.com

Honolulu Community College Fashion Technology instructor Joy Nagaue, center, shares student and alumnus euphoria following the "Full Circle" fundraiser that took place Nov. 19 at Stage Restaurant.

Stage Restaurant at the Honolulu Design Center partnered with Honolulu Community College to host a fundraiser celebrating the success of former students, allowing them and the community to give back to the school.

Brent Anbe smartly purchased, as an archival piece, one of the audition dresses that helped designer Kini Zamora land a spot on "Project Runway."

Brent Anbe smartly purchased, as an archival piece, one of the audition dresses that helped designer Kini Zamora land a spot on "Project Runway."

"Full-Circle: A Dining and Fashion Experience" took place Nov. 19, with dinner followed by a fashion show by current and former students, highlighted by another three presentations by HCC Fashion Technology Program alumni Andy South's Ari South, Manuheali'i's Danene Lum, and KINI and DINKO's Kini Zamora.

Ari and Kini gained renown through their national appearances on "Project Runway's" Season 8 and 13, respectively.

The event opened with a silent auction of items, many of them apparel or jewelry items made by current or former students. Ari offered an emerald-colored gown that ended up being won by Michele Sorensen, wife of HDC owner Thomas Sorensen, and casting director Brent Anbe won Kini's strapless denim mini dress, one of four denim pieces that he brought to the "Project Runway" audition to win his spot on the TV design competition. Brent smartly saw it as a collectible item. I wanted it too, but was looking at it as a wearable piece, and thought, oh that size 2 waist! Sadly, it's been a couple years since I've been a size 2. No wonder I don't shop as much these days!

What was most surprising is that Zamora, with design partner Dean Dinko Satta, was able to come up with a show completely different from his Hawai'i Fashion Month showcase a little more than a week earlier! This show included a more complete men's collection, some show-stopping couture pieces (a few from past collections), and a flowing blouse modeled by Kelsey Campbell, that looked similar to one that Zamora created on "Project Runway," that was mistakenly credited to competitor/teammate Sean Kelly. Consider this a public correction.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014 Manuheali'i owner and designer Danene Lunn, third from left, with Hawaii's Miss Universe Brook Lee, second from left, and other models who appeared in her fashion show at Stage.

STAR-ADVERTISER / 2014

Manuheali'i owner and designer Danene Lunn, third from left, with Hawaii's Miss Universe Brook Lee, second from left, and other models who appeared in her fashion show at Stage.

Net proceeds from the event will support the Fashion Technology Program and the Fashion Technology Scholarship fund at Honolulu Community College to benefit students. The shows impressed guests so much that many wrote checks to the program on the spot, and instructors were hoping to have enough to pay for some new sewing machines and repairs for several that are broken. Anyone else in the community who wishes to make a contribution to the school can visit www.uhfoundation.org for more information.

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Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at nkam@staradvertiser.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

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