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Louis Vuitton Ala Moana introduces 'Haute Maroquinerie'

April 23rd, 2014

Ala MoanaThe newly renovated Louis Vuitton store at Ala Moana Center made room for its Haute Maroquinerie bespoke handbags for those who want a hand in creating their own signature purse.David Franzen Photography

Louis Vuitton reopened its expanded Ala Moana Center store with an early morning blessing April 19, before the center opened.

The expansion allowed the arrival of LV's Haute Maroquinerie, with a special salon for afficionados of made-to-order leather goods, one of the few select LV boutiques offering the bespoke service worldwide.

The one-of-a-kind handbag personalization service offers clients the ability to select one of five shapes in two different sizes, with a palette of 26 colors in eight different types of leather, as well as hardware.

Ala MoanaThe store's new look.

lvdivaNadine Kam photos
This little pom, Diva, loves being toted around in LV.

lvpupDiva's human, Noelle Sasaki.

lv leathersThose seeking a personalized  'Haute Maroquinerie' handbag start by selecting one of five designs, available in two sizes, then has a choice of 26 colors and eight different styles of leather.

lvhardwareThen comes hardware selection.

The shapes available are:

>> Noé: Designed by Gaston Louis Vuitton in 1932 to carry champagne bottles.
>> Triangle: Created in 1934 to carry knit works.
>> Lock-it: A 1958 design that owes its name to the expression used when protecting ones’ precious belongings.
>> Milaris: One of two contemporary designs.
>> Neo Steamer: Trapeze-shaped original introduced in 2011.

Louis Vuitton's relationship with Hawaii dates back 32 years, when Ala Moana Center became home to its first freestanding store in Hawaii.

Valérie Chapoulaud-Floquet, President and Chief Executive Officer of Louis Vuitton Americas, noted, “Louis Vuitton has accompanied travelers to Hawaii since early 1880. Hawaii is one of our most vibrant markets with sophisticated global clients who appreciate the value of luxury.”

To commemorate the grand reopening, LV partnered with Hawaiian artist, dancer and cultural expert Sig Zane, to design artwork for the store’s vestibules. The hand-carved ilima design—honoring the history of the area—is accompanied by Zane's original Hawaiian chant, "Ka Lanakila Pio," expressing a love story between Louis Vuitton and Hawaii. The poem is written on kapa that resembles the Louis Vuitton damier pattern, with Hawaiian symbols of spear, pathway, waves and mountains.

In addition to women's leather goods, ready-to-wear, shoes, accessories and jewelry, the expanded store carries a greater assortment of menwear and accessories.

For the opening, Louis Vuitton also created a limited edition Monogram Idylle pendant necklace, in 18k white gold necklace with sapphire pendant.

lvzaneFrom left, Brandy Serikaku, Kuhao Zane and Sig Zane in one of the vestibules bearing the artwork they created in collaboration with Paris artisans.

blessingThe store is blessed before employees and guests enter.

lvblessEmployees hands-on involvement with blessing the store.

lvmenPicture This! Photography
Part of the new menswear department.

lvfashThe reoriented staircase to the store's second floor. (more…)

Honolulu Eye Clinic hosts trunk show

March 11th, 2014

If you're shopping for eyewear, check out this trunk show of designer brands taking place at Honolulu Eye Clinic from noon to 4 p.m. March 12, with discounts AND lunch! Can't beat that!


Vivienne Westwood celebrates 1st year in Waikiki

March 11th, 2014

westwoodRed, white and blue, the British way.Nadine Kam photos

Vivienne Westwood marked its first anniversary at The Moana Surfrider Hotel on March 6, a celebration of fearless, individualistic Brit style.

If you've got a wild side at all, you've got to love Dame Westwood, an icon of punk, new wave and shock fashion.

In spite of her ties to the U.K. punk scene and Malcolm McLaren's SEX boutique, I find the clothing carried here to be both original and more easy to wear than you'd imagine, given her reputation for eclectic, eccentric clothing.

You must check it out!

west2From left, Jason Alex Yapching, Azlinn Gregg and Catherine Caldwell.

west1Westwood boutique manager Jered Branco with Spa at Trump director Bridgette DeVore, left, and Malie Moran.

westwoodjVivienne Westwood statement necklaces, the larger with her signature Orb motif. You can see the design more clearly on the bag below:



Unfortunately, after early dinner at the Hyatt, I could only drop in at Westwood for a few minutes before heading to second dinner at Stage in the Honolulu Design Center, which was marking the return of chef Ron De Guzman and debuting a collection of fashion-inspired artwork. You can view more at my other blog, Take a Bite.


Pashma celebrates colors of spring

February 19th, 2014

pashPashma Hawaii International Brand Manager Naomi Gauthier is flanked by models Rose Alama, left, and Moani Hara in Pashma tops and wraps.Nadine Kam photos

The lush colors of India and the luxury of cashmere were on display during a grand opening celebration and fashion show Feb. 18, featuring the Pashma Spring 2014 collection.

The boutique opened in the lobby of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort, last year, but held off grand opening festivities, timing it to the arrival of the new collection in bright colors befitting the season and Hawaii resort style, even though it comes from halfway around the world.

Pashma, founded in 1991, is an India-based, family-owned company and the artisinal brand can be found in 40 countries, from Singapore to France. The shop at the Royal Hawaiian is its first in the United States.

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Before the fashion show began, guests browsed the boutique to view brand's luxurious cashmere wool, linen and silk—the "noble fibers"—scarves, wraps and ready-to-wear separates and dresses.

The show gave people many ideas on how to wear the items, so many gravitated back to the store afterward, to pick up scarves starting at about $195.

In the Year of the Horse, designer Shilu Kumar came up with a limited edition bold horse print scarf, so I scooped up this piece of wearble art, thinking it might bring me better fortune. I don't know if color matters in this regard, but although it was available in bold tangerine, I got the one in more staid gray. The soft cashmere feels so good against skin, and though lightweight, is made to keep you warm when there's a chill in the air. I plan to use it on an upcoming trip to San Francisco.
Pashma is in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, A Luxury Collection Resort, at 2259 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 701, behind the Sheraton Waikiki. Call 808.931.7234. Open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Visit

pash3Miss Hawaii USA 2014 Moani Hara in a Pashma design.

pash2This print modeled by Miki Taniguchi is reminiscent of Hawaii flora.

pashtieThis top has a flowing self-scarf, great for people who must be coordinated, but who tend to lose track of accessories.

pash1Fresh spring colors on Rose.

pashfeelPoohko Hawaii's Ritsuko Kukonu had to get a feel of this cashmere dress. (more…)

'Wish to win' pieces from Kipling's spring 2014 collection

February 6th, 2014

Kipling USA is giving fans the opportunity to "Wish to Win" some of its latest spring styles at Follow the instructions, create a wish list, pick four of your favorite styles, and keep wishing:


These were my picks: