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Party with The Collective in its new space at Ward Village

July 8th, 2016


Allison Izu, left, and Summer Shiigi will welcome shoppers to the grand opening of The Collective, their new work/retail space at Ward Warehouse, Ward Village Shops, July 9.

The Collective is hosting a grand opening party between 2 and 8 p.m. July 9, with light refreshments, new design launches, and an interactive photo booth from Shoots Booth allowing shoppers to show off their new outfits and purchases.

The Collective is a combination retail/design workspace for local brands Allison Izu and Ten Tomorrow's Summer Shiigi.

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“We wanted to create a new boutique where customers can see our workspace and how we develop products while also enjoying a personalized shopping experience,” said Shiigi.

During a preview event July 8, the work tables were cleared for food catered by The Pig & The Lady. Directly below the food service area were rolls and rolls of fabric representing the next few months of designs.

"Aren't you afraid something will spill?" I asked.

Shiigi's response? "Yeah, it could happen, but it'll all be worth it."

Schedules and two months of designs in allison Izu's workspace.

Allison Izu Song of Allison Izu and Shiigi of Ten Tomorrow founded The Collective (formerly known as The Cut Collective) in 2013 with the aim of, not only developing their own brands, but to provide a space for independent local designers to also develop their own “made in Hawaii” brands.

The pair continue to use their expertise in consulting and mentoring to help other local brands achieve their goals.

During the grand opening event, the first 25 shoppers to spend $250 or more will receive a gift with purchase. The designers will also be launching a stamp card rewards program on the same day.
The Collective is at 1050 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1460, at the Diamond Head of the mall. It's open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. Call (808) 591-6219, or visit, or email

The Collective's retail space is at the front of the shop, and work space is in the back.


Shiigi got a lei and a hug from one well-wisher.

The Pig & The Lady provided the food during a preview event July 8.

Hangers that form part of the boutique's decor looked like clouds.

Champagne for the occasion.

Nadine Kam is Style Editor and staff restaurant critic at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser; her fashion coverage in print in Saturday's Today section. Contact her via email at and follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Rebel Mouse.

Petites turn out for Sakutori at Nordstrom

June 20th, 2012

sakutoriNadine Kam photos
Designer Lynn Sakutori with Nordstrom general manager Brian Tatsumura.

Lynn Sakutori presented a trunk show of her latest petite collection at Nordstrom on June 16, and those who didn't show up early missed out on some of the best styles, which sold out in less than an hour. As an example, she started with 30 of the short-sleeve tie-back tops she was wearing, and an hour-and-a-half later, only two remained.

Although the designer prepared for the event by doubling the number of pieces from her sold-out debut a month ago, people started calling the store as soon as my story on the designer appeared in the paper two days before the event, and were waiting patiently while she set up that morning.

I woke up late that morning, so by the time I got there at 11:30 a.m., a half hour before the scheduled end time, I was lucky there were still some of her cropped pants available.

Not to worry, the hard-working designer will be introducing new pieces monthly, and it's great that Nordstrom is making a big push to promote local designers, using the Ala Moana store as a testing ground. If the designers do well, they may find themselves in Nordstrom stores nationwide.

Sakutori would be a great candidate because she's the rare designer who is also production savvy, with skills gleaned through seven years of working for such companies as The Limited, Kenneth Cole and Nine West in New York. She returned home and purchased her former employer, RPM Sales, Inc., continuing to design and produce its collections for Macy's and Sears, before introducing her Sakutori brand.

It seems as though Nordstrom is tapping into demand for more stylish and adult petite apparel. Next up will be a trunk show of petite-oriented AllisonIzu walk shorts, capris, pencil skirts and straight skinny jeans in chambray, black and blue denim, to take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 20.

sakutori3Boomer Henthorne and Traci Deveraturda, holding up a brown tulip-hemmed cropped pant she picked up in addition to the black pair she already owns.

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