Ala Moana announces additions
I'm excited to see the rundown of new shops and restaurants coming to Ala Moana Center when the Ewa Wing is completed — tentatively late this year, just in time for Christmas.
Construction is moving quickly, and I noticed Wednesday morning that they have torn down my favorite access point on Ala Moana Boulevard: the ramp heading toward Longhi's and Morton's. If you're heading down there, plan accordingly.
The expanded three-level shopping area will eventually feature 650,000 square feet of new retail space, including a 167,000 square-foot Bloomingdale’s store. Nordstrom will also move into the Ewa Wing in March 2016.
Here's a list of what's coming; some of the brands are already represented elsewhere in town. I'm particularly excited to see newcomer Ted Baker London. Love the brand's retro, ladylike-with-an-edge style.
» Aqua Blu: Offers high-end versatile bags perfect for jetsetters on the go. Each bag is designed to be practical, fashionable, light and functional.
» The Art of Shaving: Presents a collection of grooming essentials, including shaving sets, razors, shaving brushes, and shaving products made with quality ingredients and 100 percent pure essential oils to help men achieve healthier, smoother skin.
» BOSS Hugo Boss: Line of sophisticated clothing for men and women, ranging from tuxedos and evening gowns, to club wear and casual styles.
» Calypso St. Barth: The boutique captures the romance of travel and a languid luxurious lifestyle, with the leisure looks of dip-dyed caftans, cashmere cardigans and other luxe bohemian delights.
» David Yurman: The brand is known for fine jewelry and luxury timepieces capturing the essence of relaxed American luxury.
» The D Shop – Desigual: The Barcelona-based brand is characterized by its distinctive, colorful prints and casual designs for women, men and kids.
» Gloria Jean’s Coffees: Single origin and flavored beans, and the latest in coffee accessories will create a modern, elevated coffee and food experience.
» Laline: “Body meets soul” with this bath and body care line. Laline combines the best of nature and science, sourcing essential oils and scents from Provence, and mineral salts from the Dead Sea to help improve skin.
» Pierre Marcolini: The chocolatier makes his own couverture chocolate using cacao beans sourced from Mexico, Madagascar, Venezuela and more exotic locales, resulting in luxury craft chocolates and sweets.
» Ted Baker London: The menswear and womenswear brand is loved for its quality and distinctive use of design and colour, plus attention to detail. Traditional and contemporary influences with a dose of irreverent sense of humour capture a quintessential British attitude.
» Tempura Ichidai: The second offering from Pierthirty USA, Inc., will feature a fresh tempura bar allowing patrons to choose from a variety of tempura items.
» Longines: Known for its rich heritage and winged hourglass logo, Longines brings its 180 years of watchmaking expertise to elegant, high-performance timepieces.
» Moncler: Travelers swear by Moncler’s stylish, technologically advanced apparel and outerwear providing warmth and go anywhere lightness.
Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her coverage appears in print on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact her via email at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.