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First look: H&M Waikiki

March 25th, 2014

h&mA display at the entrance to the new H&M Waikiki, which opens Thursday. Not all these pieces are in stock, but they will be.Nadine Kam photos

After more than a decade's wait, H&M will open its first Hawaii location at noon March 27 in the Waikiki Business Plaza, with 31,000 square feet of fashion on two floors.

During a media preview this morning, we got a peek at the women's and men's styles that have won the brand fans all around the world.

As H&M enthusiast Malia Chung told me earlier, "I appreciate how H&M brings high fashion and runway style pieces to an affordable price point for us fashion fiends on a budget!
And the designer collaborations they're doing are amazing too."

It's been a long wait for those of us in Hawaii, and it was explained to me while working on last week's story about the grand opening, that they always seek the best location in any city they go into, and they were willing to wait for the central Kalakaua Avenue location.

The first 500 shoppers in line on the 27th will receive a limited-edition tote bag featuring the most popular images of local surf photographers Mike Coots, Sarah Lee and Zak Noyle, as well as an "Access to Fashion" pass valued from $10 to $500 to shop the store.

If you do happen to nab that $500 gift, that money will go a long way. There will be grand opening items priced at $5, and prices generally run about $19.95 to $34.95. Some of the higher-end items are about $129 to $169 and those are toward the left of the store's Kalakaua entrance.

New items arrive daily, and because there's such an emphasis on personal style here, they say that we shouldn't see others wearing the same things we choose. All I can say is that when someone pulled out a pair of banana-printed pants for me, that was her taste and I just said, "Oh, no."

We didn't get a chance to shop today, but I look forward to the opp soon!

A couple of videos showing the key women's looks:

hmpineThis pineapple design beach coverup is $5, one of the grand opening specials.

hmlooksThese are some of the pricier looks.

hmspringMore spring dressing.


hmaccessAn abundance of accessories are a stylist's dream.

hmmen2There's as much of an array of looks for men as for women.


A (lazy) bargain hunter's dream site

January 8th, 2014

v tracks whereabouts of daily shopping deals, like this Kenneth Cole top, marked down to about $25 at Nordstrom, and the Dolce & Gabbana cami below.

camiEvery day brings news of yet another social media or shopping site into my email in-box. Most amount to clutter. Trust me, I've tried, but it's hard to keep up if you're juggling priorities among dozens of sites.

One of the more promising shopping sites I've come across is which tracks 54 online retailers—from Saks Fifth Avenue to Top Shop, Uniqlo and Anthropologie—to show items that are at their cheapest.

Last time I checked I saw Pucci sunglasses at $75 on Bluefly, marked down 82 percent from $335; a Kenneth Cole New York V-neck sweater marked down to just below $25 from $53 at Nordstrom; and Dolce & Gabbana lace-trimmed printed silk-satin camisole for $278, marked down 68 percent from $517 at The Outnet.

Browsing is much more comfortable than putting in legwork at the outlet stores and discount racks.

Win with Ross

March 10th, 2013

rossbagNadine Kam photos
Maui manager Misty was in town to help with the grand opening of Ross Dress for Less's new King Street store on March 8. She was handing out free shopping bags to all, while supplies lasted.

Two new Ross Dress for Less stores opened their doors March 8 at the Laulani Village Shopping Center in Ewa, and in Honolulu, where Longs used to be in Moiliili.

True to form, at the Honolulu store it seemed everyone's uncle and auntie was already there shopping by the time I got there at midday. It's as if there's nothing to do in Honolulu except charge the next big retail opening. It's funny how people try to save $—prices at Ross are regularly 20 to 60 percent off department store prices—by spending $! But, if you were going to shop for a new spring wardrobe, baby luau gift, housewares or luggage, etc., anyway, it all makes sense.

It was crazy trying to get in, when the parking lot was jammed with people arriving, and people leaving with their purchases.

Inside, I spotted a lot of men gathered around the watch counter, and people congregated around the specialty foods and housewares aisles. There were also plenty of women shopping for new shoes and handbags. Just as at other Ross stores, there are luggage, infant, kids, beauty and accessories departments as well. No doubt some of the assortment has been spurred by new competition that has entered the market since the company opened its last store here, and more competition makes consumers the winners.

Spring trend items were abundant, and in coming weeks, Ross will be launching a Shoe Madness promotion, giving shoppers the opportunity to win a $100 gift card each week for four weeks.

As a warm-up act, Ross is sending me a $25 gift card and want one of Hawaii's fashion tribe to go shopping with $25, which goes a lot further at Ross than most other stores! (If you're reading from somewhere else, sorry but this contest is for Hawaii readers only.)

Just let me know if you're interested in winning a $25 gift card and I'll add your name to a drawing and pull the winner on St. Patrick's Day.

The new stores are at:

>> Laulani Village Shopping Center, 91-1085 Keaunui Drive, Ewa Beach, 808.685.0966
>> 2220 S. King S., Honolulu, 808.941.1033

Hours are:
9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays
9 a.m.  to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays
9:30 a.m.  to 9:30 p.m. Sundays

rossskirtKim Delos Santos shows a lace skirt priced at $12.99. Lace is one of the trends for spring 2013.

toteA designer handbags section rivals that of another recent entry to the discount retail market.

rossgreenMore handbags in variations of spring's green/blue trend.

rosshatsShoppers try on hats. (Easter's around the corner for those in need of spring bonnets.)

rossjewelryCollar-style and clear necklaces in the jewelry counter at the front of the Honolulu store.

rossgirlsColorful dresses for little girls.

rossinfantInfant blankets.

rossstripeStripes are another spring trend. Parked next to the rack is one woman's full cart.

rosscolorWedges in spring colors. The strappy orange pair on the right are $18.99.

rossbeautyBeauty products are also very reasonably priced.

Order at the checkout counter.

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