Plenty to love at Nomads Hawaii
Blame it on Doris Duke. You can't walk away from her Shangri La estate without gaining an appreciation of Islamic arts and the beautiful fixtures and furnishings in her home, drawing from her international travels.
After visiting her newly opened Mughal Suite at Shangri La last year, I fell in love with her marble bath inlaid with floral studies comprising semi-precious stones.
Well, I can’t afford a room of marble, but on a visit to Nandini Bhattacharjee's Nomads Hawaii boutique in Kailua, I recognized the work in inlaid vases and boxes from India, and could afford one of the boxes, now about $117, a 50 percent markdown.
Bhattacharjee traveled the world and brought back the things she loved to share with the rest of us.
Offered are clothing, jewelry and housewares including batiks sarongs (about $28) from Indonesia and handmade bedding from India.
One shelf is devoted to international Fair Trade items made by adult workers who are paid fair wages in safe working conditions, provided with education and healthcare, and using eco-friendly practices.
I could only feature a few objects in the paper, here are a few more:
Nomads Hawaii is at 131 Hekili St., Suite 112, in Kailua. Call (808) 261-6677.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage is in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.