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Louis Vuitton Ala Moana introduces 'Haute Maroquinerie'

April 23rd, 2014
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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.

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Part of the new menswear department.

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

Vivienne Westwood celebrates 1st year in Waikiki

March 11th, 2014
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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:

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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.

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Edward Atkins wins Pull-In online vote

October 22nd, 2013
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Online voters have selected Edward W.K. Atkins as the 4th artist whose design will be produced and sold next year in the Pull-in Hawaii 2014 Limited Collection celebrating the brand's flagship store opening in Waikiki.

Atkins joins three other winners selected earlier: Lee Maxwell, Kai Kawamoto and Koreena Nagain.

Winners will receive a cash prize and a launch party to promote their design and their work as artists. Atkins won with more than 1,200 votes out of 2,300, from a field of 43 artists who entered.

The store is slated to open at 227 Lewers St., Waikiki Beach Walk. Stayed tuned for more info about the opening date.

Pull-In was created in 2000 by  a former marketing director of Quiksilver Europe, Emmanuel Lohéac. The international French designer label features underwear and beachwear in eye-catching graphic prints for men, women and children. Originally created as a surf apparel brand, Pull-In quickly became popular with celebrities such as Madonna, Eva Mendes, Snoop Dogg and Ben Gordon of the Chicago Bulls.

HFM: 'Snapshot of Style' pops up at Kahala Mall

October 15th, 2013
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Dallas Nagata White's "Lava Kiss" will be up for silent auction at Kahala Mall's "Snapshot of Style" event.

Kahala Mall will present “Snapshot of Style,” a pop-up photo gallery and fall shopping event for Hawai'i Fashion Month, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16.

The one-night only exhibition of work by Hawaii photographers, including Kicka Witte, Keith Kandell, John Hook, David Murphey, Dallas Nagata White, and others, will highlight the event, an evening store crawl with sips and light bites as guests discover snapshots of fashion and lifestyle in Hawaii captured by camera.

Other highlights include in-store promotions, live DJ and an exclusive scavenger hunt with live prize giveaways at Center Court, including a two-night stay at The Modern Honolulu, a Kahala Mall shopping spree, and more.

Upon entry, guests will be given a VIP booklet which includes the following: an exclusive VIP savings pass, five featured photographs hidden in five participating stores. Guests will visit participating stores not only for great deals, but also to find the photos shown in the VIP booklet. After they complete the search, they’ll turn in their completed forms to be entered to win live prize giveaways at 8:30 p.m.

The five in-store photographs will also be featured in the Oct. 16 silent auction, with 100 percent of proceeds to benefit Kapiolani Medical Center’s Campaign for Children.

Some of the photos to be showcased at the event are already pretty famous, like the “Lava Kiss”
photo by Dallas Nagata White that went viral this year and was seen everywhere, including National Geographic online and the Huffington Post.

Visit www.KahalaMallCenter.com for further event information or www.Facebook.com/kahalamall for further “Snapshot of Style” event details.

Pull-in Hawaii artists want your votes

October 8th, 2013
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pull-in As noted in an earlier post, Pull-in Hawaii held its first live design competition at OUTFIT: Hawaii Fashion Designers Market, Oct. 2 and 3, and three winners have been named: Lee Maxwell, Kai Kawamoto and Koreena Nagai.

Their designs will be a part of the Pull-in Hawaii 2014 Limited Collection to be sold in the new Waikiki flagship store at Waikiki Beach Walk, 227 Lewers St., when it opens at the end of the year.

Winners also receive a cash prize and a personal launch party to promote their design and their work. But, there's still one more spot up for grabs, and the public is invited to cast votes for a fourth winning design. Voting will close at noon Oct. 16.

To view the entries, see who's on top, and vote, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/EclectikGroup?sk=app_278465152274055